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DCTA Rail Trail, a.k.a. Denton Katy Trail


The Denton Branch of the DCTA Rail Trail is ideal for bicycling, jogging, inline skating, wheelchair use, and walking.

The rail trail is constructed on the right-of-way of the former MKT Railroad, Denton Branch, between Denton and Lake Dallas. For 8 miles of its route, the 8-foot-wide concrete trail follows along the commuter rail line, the Denton County A-Train, a 21-mile rail commuter line between Denton and Carrollton, where it connects to the DART Green light rail line into Dallas. In total, the DCTA Rail Trail is 16 miles long. 

The Denton Branch Rail Trail generally parallels I-35, passing among schools, shopping centers, medical facilities, manufacturing plants and urban residential areas. The trail extends from the new Denton Downtown Transit Center on Hickory Street south to Swisher Road in Lake Dallas, with many trail access points at public streets. In addition to the downtown transit center, the trail also connects with Med Park Station.

Parking and Trail Access Points
  • City of Denton, City Hall East at the north trail head on Hickory Street
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Pedestrian Bridge over Loop 288
  • Med Park Station
  • North Central Texas Community College at Corinth Street
  • 15 other public street crossings
View an aerial map here.