County Hopes to Revitalize Little-Used Goat Island Preserve by Adding Mountain Bike Trails

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Goat Island Preserve is a comma of 348 acres hugging the Trinity River as it meanders through an unincorporated portion of far southeastern Dallas County. It's surrounded by gravel pits and crisscrossed with crude four-wheeler trails but is otherwise a rather wild and seldom visited tangle of land.

County officials are looking for ways to attract more visitors to the preserve, which it added to its open space program in 1993 and promptly left alone. They're proposing $45,000 in modest improvements including a monument sign at the entrance; rectangular limestone blocks to cordon off the parking area and serve as benches; the removal of the remains of a demolished building; and the construction of an asphalt parking lot.

The main attraction, though, is one that the county won't be paying for: a network of mountain-bike trails.

The trails will be the responsibility of the Dallas Off-Road Bicycle Association which, according to a briefing scheduled to be delivered to commissioners on Tuesday, has agreed to partner with the county to design, build, and maintain the trails.

"Having DORBA involved at Goat Island will not only create an amenity that can be used by the public, but it will also bring with it DORBA's active membership who will ensure that the bicycle paths are used," writes Rose Adame, the county's park and open space administrator. "Such activity and presence will thus help discourage the illegal dumping and hunting that occasionally occurs at the preserve."

If things go well at Goat Island (which, for the record, neither has goats nor is an island), the county would look at adding trails at the 518-acre Riverbend Preserve as well.

And for DORBA, it's another place to ride, though some members have been making the trip. One of them reports being hit by a feral hog. That seems to have been an isolated incident but, if you take a trip down there, beware.


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rufuslevin
rufuslevin

great idea for muggers and rapists.  who will provide security for the public using the area, and who carrys liability for injury on the property. 

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

How long til D screws it up like the cement whitewater...

Let's start a pool.

resams72
resams72

I did this hike about 4 weeks ago.. less than 3 minutes into the hike right up to the tree line I walked up to a herd of 15+ feral pigs.  That was the end of my hike.

superbjorn
superbjorn

I think this is great. We need more places like this. It would be nice for some Hiking trail too down there (and yes Bikers and Hikers can share the space if signed correctly). I live near Katy Trail and it is the worst place. so dangerous and bikers and runners yelling at walkers. I yearn for getting out in some form of nature and enjoying it. I hope DORBA does a great job and maybe we need a Dallas Hikers group to work on those kinds of trails too.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

I was fishing in this area some years ago, and saw an alligator.....it's actually a great and wild area w/hills, wildlife and very little people. 

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

I dont have any experience dealing with DORBA, but in other places I've lived, mountain bikers are much better at trail sharing than douchebag asphalt bikers (Armstrong wannabe's).  Maybe because trail bikers are more used to taking a fall, they're more willing to take extreme maneuvers to avoid hitting a runner or walker.  I do hope DORBA is this type of group, for I do enjoy running in several of the Trinity Greenbelt parks in SE Dallas county.

Mike
Mike

The best way to turn public spaces over to the exclusive use of DORBA members is to allow trail biking, so that anyone who just wants to walk the trails in peace does so in fear of some idiot thrill seeker whizzing up silently from behind on a trail bike and hitting them.

Of course, stringing 100 feet of picture wire between the trees at throat level can put a quick stop to that nonsense.

RobertStinson
RobertStinson

DORBA is a great organization and does wonderful things for unused spaces in Dallas County and the surrounding area.

cheeseburger
cheeseburger

@RTGolden1 DORBA is that kind of group.  It's hard to find a nicer group of people.  DORBA does all the work to make and maintain the trails, and they share it like they didn't.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@RTGolden1

"douchebag asphalt bikers (Armstrong wannabe's)."...........truer words have NEVER been spoken.

flun11
flun11

@Mike nice work there Mike, advocating violence against people for enjoying a bike ride. And you did it in writing in a trace-able format. 

whoever
whoever

@Mike

There would be no trails without DORBA. Not only do the build the trails but they maintain them too. And yes, it is a fantastic organization.

gabbahey
gabbahey

@RobertStinson They indeed do, all of these MTB trail parks around the Dallas area, are maintained by DORBA trail stewards (all volunteer, IIRC).

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