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Exploring the Trail

Mileage Markers
The 0.25-mile markers present on the Trail de Paris funded by Paris Rotary Club are numbered and stationed ¼ mile away from each other. The first-mile marker is 0.25 miles west of Paris city. They increase in numbers as you move towards the current trail at the end of 8th SE Street. That is to say, you can begin your trail trek anywhere on the trail and work out the distance taken. Upon entering, the markers increase by ¼ mile towards the west and decrease towards the east.

Trail Center Stripe
Center Stripes coded with different colors are painted on the Trail to integrate the trail spots with emergency zones. This makes it easier for city police and emergency vehicles to access urgent cases.

“Share the Trail” Arrows
Every exit and entry access point, there is a trail curve, 0.25-mile marker, and two-way arrows painted on the Trail de Paris to act as a reminder to the users that it is a two-way traffic trail. Users also should keep in mind that they should stay to the right while cyclists should keep left and be ready to be vocal if the users can’t see them to avoid minor or even major accidents. The users also are advised not to litter the environment, instead ensure to keep it clean. Dogs should always be on a leash.

Opening and closing time
The Trail de Paris opens half an hour before dawn and closes half an hour after dusk as per the city’s regulations. One of the things you want to keep in mind is that there is no lighting along the trail, so you might want to ensure you’re back at the trailhead before it begins to get dark.

All in All, participating in the Trail de Paris in Texas is a great way to spend your free time, whether you are a trail enthusiast or just looking for some fun activity to do. It is also a great way to explore Paris as it gives you magnificent views of the city. Remember to be mindful of other people’s welfare and to keep your dog on leash throughout the trail. Also, observe the opening and closing time so as to avoid unnecessary inconveniences. Observing these simple tips will ensure that your time at Trail de Paris is smooth sailing.…

The Beauty of Nature

You will easily spot the native trees marked along this trail and it’s important to take time and view the message given. In this part of Trail de Paris, you will encounter a beautiful canopy of evergreen trees that provide shade in the hot summer. If you are a night person, you will come across the beautiful fireflies. The Trail intersects two creeks and a railroad bridge before getting to Loop 286. Spring season, wildflowers cap the area with a magnificent color pattern. You will travel over the United States Hwy 271 on a mesh-canopied bridge. Just before West Road, the green stripe marking Paris city ends. When coming in and exiting Trail de Paris, you will witness great pastoral scenes, benches, interpretive signs, and many mile markers.

The green stripe is mainly to show the limit between Reno and Paris city. This is where the Reno Rail begins and extends across Airport Road all the way to the east city limit of Reno where the Lamar County Trail starts and elongates to CR 13200. The blooming side stretches up to 1.5 miles from CR 13200 across Blossom city to the eastern side of Bois D’ Arc St. Also, there is a 0.5-mile trail linking the main asphalted Trail and Paris City’s fifty-three-acre Sports Arena and the Love Civic Center. The trail cuts across a wooden area and above a renovated steel-reinforced bridge extending to Big Sandy Creek featuring a fascinating deck with 2 Red Oaks shading it. The shaded deck is the ideal place for a snack, to plan a picnic, to enjoy some quality time with a loved one, surrounded by the chirping sound of birds and rippling leaves.

The Trail continues to the south where the lit Sports Arena parking lot is. You will come across the trail “Born Learning” engaging signs funded by Lamar County that educate and guide children to embark on new experiences. The spur joins with a two-and-a-half-mile path that leads the exploring patrons to the woods where they may be able to see wildlife closely. Signs are marked after every 0.25 mile of the Trail to help in calculating the stretch covered. The few handicapped and non-motorized areas on the Trail are coded with different colors to hasten any emergency that might occur. The “Share the Trail” signs help visitors and the locals to stay on the right side of the 2-way traffic. Cyclists are to keep left at all times to avoid any kind of accident with pedestrians. Signs to keep users informed on the safety instructions, rules and regulations have also been put up. Portable toilets, trash cans, wooden and metallic benches have been placed in different places throughout the Trail.

Trail and Parking Access
Parking spots are available on the north part of the Sports Complex Pavilion, Sears Facilities, TCIM, PCA Medical Complex along Clarksville Road, along Twenty-fourth South East St. in Noyce Stadium, and the Girls and Boys Club Sports Arena. Is it not great knowing you can start your trail trek every day at a different point!

In Trail de Paris, you will find only 3 operational bathrooms. The first one is located east of the Sports Arena. The remaining are portable restrooms where one is next to the trail at the back of The Results Company Block where the west/east Trail joins with the south trail, extending to the Civic center. The third one is at the entrance of the old Clarksville Road located at the Morningside trailhead.…

The Trail de Paris

Background on the Trail de Paris in Paris, TX

Escape from the hurly-burly of urban life. At the heart of Paris, you experience the tranquility you might need on the Trail de Paris. The smoothly arched route divides a diversional strip from Forth Street South West, towards East under magnificent trees. A feeling of community has surfaced with the introduction of the Trail de Paris to our region. Visitors, incomers, and residents discover Trail de Paris to be a resource that boosts civic, educational, and diversional golden opportunities.

Trail de Paris was a project Lamar County adopted in 2004. They agreed to construct a multi-use trail together, with a part of the property owned by Paris Foundation under tight federal banking restrictions to construct cycling trails. Through donations from corporations, Leadership Lamar County Class of 2004, sponsorship, civic groups, patronage, and individuals, they created the asphalt multi-use trail that runs from Loop 286 to 12th Street SE. Several subsequent efforts were made since 2004 to extend the Trail. Trail de Paris was extended for more than four miles to Paris and joins Reno just after Airport Road. The Blossom trail added another five-mile totaling 11.53 improved miles. More trails have been established in the area to allow schools, nature lovers and many more locals experience the breathtaking setting. The establishment has also participated in the installation of mileage signs, benches, and the magnificent humming/butterfly garden which came about when Aikin Socrates Students partnered with the committee in 2007.

Trail de Paris is alluring to people who want a serene, safe space to run, jog or take walks. The physically handicapped can also visit for it has been made handicapped friendly. This is the only bicycle/pedestrian Trail in Lamar and Paris counties that is not motorized.

Dogs on a leash are allowed on the Trail de Paris. Different “welcome” signs are positioned at each trail entry point. They offer ample parking area and are found to the north of the outdoor sports compound, west part of collegiate Drive, before Results Company on Clarksville St., Noyse Stadium at Twenty-fourth South East street and adjacent to the convergence of Third St. South West and West Hearne St. in Downtown Paris.

Heading east just after Forth South West St. where the westernmost boundary of the trail is, tall sugarberry trees provide shade for the meandering Trail all the way to Twenty-fourth South East where it passes across the Paris Junior College Campus and the local Security Credit Systems branch. Here, catch a glimpse of over 10 crape myrtles varieties along the corridor. To discover their names, look out for the labeled ones. There is also a Hummingbird and a Butterfly Garden in the middle of the corridor that catches the attention of the visitors with its blooming flowers. You may want to bring your camera with you, for you will come across beautiful monuments from the past and experience chrysalises transitioning.

Near the shop, just at the entrance, you will find a map written: “You Are Here”. Cross the bridge to your east to the vast Sandy Creek. In the event that it has rained, take a minute and listen to the flowing water making its way to the woods.…