Allen is known for our outdoors with 1,196 acres of parkland and more than 70 miles of hike and bike trails. With abundant sunshine, get out and explore Connemara Meadow Preserve or get lost for a few hours on the Historic Water Station Trail and Old Stone Dam.
Here are a few of our most popular trails:
Cottonwood Creek Trail 7.5 Miles / Concrete Trail
Best for: Biking, Skating, Walking, Wheelchair Accessible Trail End Points: Ridgeview Rd. and Cottonwood Creek and Heritage Park
The northern section begins at Ridgeview Drive, just south of the Sam Rayburn Tollway. From there, this 3.4-mile section follows the tree-lined Cottonwood Creek south along residential neighborhoods. At Stacy Road, travelers will come to a park with a playground, tennis court and parking area. Shortly after crossing under US 75, the trail passes the Old Stone Dam, built in 1874 by the Houston and Texas Central Railway Company to provide water for steam locomotives. The final leg of this paved pathway traverses Allen Station Park, which offers athletic fields, a playground, skate park, BMX track and roller hockey rinks.
Rowlett Creek Trail 7.3 Miles / Concrete Trail
Best for: Biking, Skating, Walking, Wheelchair Accessible Trail End Points: Bolin Park and Sam Rayburn Tollway (SR 121)
The Rowlett Creek Trail matches the course of its namesake waterway. The trail starts at Bolin Park and heads west, then the trail begins to meander north before coming to a fork. The west branch winds along West Rowlett Creek and divides again and again, with the furthest one reaching SR 121 (Sam Rayburn Tollway). The east branch heads up through the Golf Club at Twin Creeks, across Exchange Parkway, then under Ridgeview Drive up to SR 121.
Watters Branch Creek Trail 7.1 Miles / Concrete Trail
Best for: Biking, Skating, Walking, Wheelchair Accessible Trail End Points: Watters Creek at Montgomery Farm and Collin McKinney Parkway
The Watters Branch Trail travels through upscale neighborhoods and wooded riparian areas. The main segment begins at Ridgewood Drive near a parcel of undeveloped parkland and travels south more than 4 miles to Watters Creek at Montgomery Farm. The sprawling 52-acre mixed-use complex offers a variety of shopping and dining options. Another segment exists north of the Sam Rayburn Tollway. It runs from Henneman Way north through the McKinney Soccer Complex at Craig Ranch.