Santa Fe Tr​​​estle Trail

Dallas, TX 75207
Dallas, TX 75203

(Trail head at DART overflow parki​​ng lot.)

The Great Trinity Forest begins at the Santa Fe Trestle Hike and Bike Trail located across the Dallas Floodway near Corinth Street and Eighth Street. The 1.86 mile trail can be accessed from Riverfront Boulevard or on the west side of the levees at Santa Fe Street. 

The concrete trail begins near the DART Rail Station at Eighth Street taking hikers across the floodway past seasonal wetlands, stands of trees, stunning vistas of the floodway, and glimpses of birds that live or migrate through the area. At the Santa Fe Railroad Trestle, most visitors are sure to stop and enjoy beautiful views of the Trinity River, the floodway and the City of Dallas.

Elevated portion of the trail as it rises to connect with the historic Santa Fe Train Trestle across the river.
Photo By: David Mimlitch

The restored Santa Fe Railroad Truss once was a main route for trains crossing the floodway, today it welcomes only pedestrians and bikers. The bridge was originally built in 1879. It was rebuilt a number of times during subsequent years, and the Trinity Project has taken it back to its original splendor. The City worked closely with the Texas Historic Commission to update the bridge for today's safety and aesthetic standards, while still preserving the majority of its original attributes.

Additions and restoration included:​​​​

  • Powe​rcoat silve​r light poles
  • Exposed galvanized railings
  • Historic concrete on stone abutments
  • Historic black c​olor approved by The Historic Commission

    Santa Fe Trestle Trail

    Aerial of Santa Fe trail looking west toward trailhead
    David Mimlitch
    Aerial of trestle from west of the river
    Photo By: David Mimlitch
    Aerial view of Trestle Bridge during restoration
    Photo By: David Mimlitch
    Beautiful restored Trestle Bridge
    Photo By: Mary Zackary