Circle Trail

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Wichita Falls has a trail system that rivals that of much larger metropolitan areas. It presently consists of over 20 miles of concrete trail. The first concrete trail was built in Lucy Park in 1987. Since that time there have been another 16 miles of concrete trails constructed primarily along the Wichita River and along Holliday Creek. Almost all of the trails are 10 foot wide reinforced concrete. They can be used for walking, jogging, bicycling, and rollerblading. Nothing motorized is allowed except for official city vehicles.

Wichita River Section

This section of the Circle Trail follows the Wichita River for 4.37 miles from Lucy Park to Williams Park where it connects to the Holliday Creek Section. Starting in Lucy Park, you can travel all the way to Lake Wichita and back, 28.76 miles roundtrip.
Along the way you’ll find some of the most beautiful scenery in the city. Peaceful and serene wooded areas abound and are alive with color in both spring and fall. Wildlife such as white-tailed deer, squirrels, and all kinds of birds can often be seen. It’s worth the walk just to smell the honeysuckle.

Holliday Creek Section

This section of the Circle Trail covers 10.01 miles. It starts at Lake Wichita Park where it follows the north shoreline of Lake Wichita, crosses the dam, and then follows Holliday Creek all the way to Williams Park. There it connects to the Wichita River Section which adds an additional 4.37 miles making a total round trip distance of 28.76 miles.

Seymour Highway Section

Completed in 2012, this section of the Circle Trail covers 1.76 miles. It starts at the Wichita Bluff Nature Area parking lot and follows Seymour Highway west to the BNSF Railroad. The “Rails-N-Trails” section is currently under construction connecting the Seymour Highway and Barnett Road Trails.

Barnett Road Section

This section of trail follows Barnett Rd from Johnson Rd on the north to Lake Shore Dr on the South. It covers 1.72 miles.

Barnett Road Section

Completed in 2017, the Wichita Bluff Trail traverses the Wichita Bluff Nature Area and a new connector trail goes all the way to Loop 11.  Construction of a trail connecting the Wichita Bluff Trail to the Lucy Park Trail is underway.

Trail Etiquette

Trail use is a wonderful way to enjoy the benefits of healthy exercise and enjoy looking at the beautiful scenery in our parks and along our stream corridors. To permit the highest level of safety and enjoyment for all please observe the following etiquette and ordinances.
  1. Etiquette suggests using the right side of the trail with higher speed trail users passing slower trail users at an appropriate speed on the left side of the trail by giving sufficiently advanced notice audible to the slower trail user, such as, “Passing on the left”.
  2. Trail users riding bicycles, skateboards, roller skates, and roller blades shall yield the right-of-way to pedestrians (Ord. 82-69).
  3. Dogs shall be controlled by a leash at all times and when passing other trail users dogs shall be controlled so as not to be able to reach or disturb fellow trail users (Ord. 14-236). Dogs shall be licensed (Ord. 14-66). Dog excreta shall be immediately removed (Ord. 14-8). Dogs shall not be permitted to make an unreasonable disturbance to trail users by barking (Ord. 14-7).
  4. Motorized vehicles and horses are not allowed on trails with the exception of authorized City vehicles and motorized wheelchairs (Ord. 82-58).
  5. Posting signs and marking trail pavement is prohibited (Ord. 82-63).
  6. Wildlife along trails shall not be tormented (Ord. 14-382).
  7. Flowers, shrubs, and trees along trails within parks shall not be disturbed (Ord. 82-59).
  8. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited on trails within parks (Ord. 82-68).
  9. Trails within parks are closed from midnight to 5:00 a.m. (Ord. 82-67).
  10. Please report any observed violations immediately to the Police Department at 761-7792.
Happy Trails!