Loop Trail? No
Type: Urban Trail
Agency: City, Town, or County
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No Allowed Uses:
Bicycling (on pavement)
Dogs - On leash
Heritage and History
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Plano acquired land for Bob Woodruff Park and Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve over many years through numerous purchases and donations. Guided by the Parks and Recreation Master Plan, land acquisition for Bob Woodruff Park spanned 14 years, from 1976 to 1990; while the Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve’s land acquisition took 22 years to be fully realized, from 1982 to 2004. Together, the adjoining parks contribute to 25% of Plano’s entire park system, encompassing approximately 1,100 acres of protected open space preserve, wetlands, native hardwood forests, and native grasslands.
The trails running through these adjoining parks were envisioned in conjunction with the land acquisition and guided by the City’s Bicycle Transportation Plan and the Park Master Plan. Now, they are destination trails, providing opportunities for both active and passive outdoor recreation. Combined, they total 9.9 miles of point-to-point travel, loops, and out-and-back routes
Both trails maintain an average width of 10 feet, with some sections as narrow as 8 feet and as wide as 12 feet and are fully ADA-accessible with a maximum slope of 5%.
Constructed of reinforced concrete, with the exception of a short, elevated section of boardwalk, the trails provide easy access to a number of public facilities including pavilions with cooking grills, a playground, a sand volleyball court, restrooms, an amphitheater, a recreation center, a dog park, two man-made lakes, soft-surface trails, a treetop adventure course, a nature and retreat center, and ample parking.
Bob Woodruff Park and Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve Trails attract a variety of users including bicyclists, runners, walkers, dog walkers, photographers, nature enthusiasts, people in wheelchairs, and people pushing strollers, to name a few. Both trails are truly shared-use paths. The trails are also a desirable and preferred destination for several local outdoor-focused organizations such as the Plano Bicycle Association, Plano Pacers Running Club, and the Plano Balloon Association.
Both trails complement various park activities, including 5K and 10K runs, wildlife observation, photography, fishing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, picnicking, family gatherings, day camps, nature classes, an annual balloon festival, concerts, and zip-line and canopy tours.
Along the trails, users will find informative signage placed at strategic locations. These signs range from directional guides to proper trail etiquette and park rules. There is even interpretive signage about the history, flora, and fauna of the area. Emergency trail markers are also posted along both trails to ensure that first responders can determine exactly where their assistance is needed.
Paved concrete trails within Plano’s system have a 25-year to 30-year lifespan. Therefore, the Bob Woodruff Park and Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve Trails are designed and built to last. Their composition, combined with regularly conducted inspections and maintenance, including sweeping and repairs when necessary, help keep the trails in their best possible condition and open year-round. The Parks and Recreation Department is committed to keeping the trails in the best possible condition
Throughout the planning and design process for the Bob Woodruff Park and Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve Trails, planners and residents wanted to ensure that both trails were powerfully integrated within Plano’s trail system. This vision became a reality, providing connection to Plano’s Bluebonnet Trail (a National Recreation Trail), Santa Fe Trail, and an on-street bike route system. These connections are significant not only for Plano’s trail system, but for the North Texas region at large.
Together, the trails are incorporated into the North Texas Regional Veloweb, an 1,883-mile network of shared-use trails for cyclists, pedestrians, and various other forms of active transportation. The Veloweb network includes portions of the 2011 Collin County Regional Trails Master Plan as well as the 2001 Six Cities Trail Plan. These two plans outline a smaller localized trail network within the area near Plano. All of these planning documents serve as a guide to linking the trails throughout the region, with a focus on continuous inter-city trail connections to major destinations.
Even though the Bob Woodruff Park and Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve Trails are fully constructed, there are plans for future connections to other trails within the Plano trail system. These include links to the existing Cottonwood Creek Greenbelt Trail North, which adds 2.6 miles of existing paved trail, as well as the planned Los Rios Park Trail, which will encompass an additional 2.0 miles of future paved trail.
The Parks and Recreation Department actively educates and informs trail and park users through the department’s website and social media channels including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
With its wide array of activities, family-friendly atmosphere, and environmentally rich natural setting, Plano’s Bob Woodruff Park and Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve Trails provide healthy recreational opportunities for people of all ages, interests, skills, and physical abilities.
Width: 120 inches.
Primary Surface: Concrete
Secondary Surface: Boardwalk
Average Grade: 1%
Maximum Grade: 5%
Elevation Low Point: 530
Elevation High Point: 613
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available
Year Designated: 2022
Supporting Webpages and DocumentsGoogle Map File: Trail Centerline Data
Map: Park and Trail System Map
Map: Primary trails for designation
Website: Bob Woodruff Park North Webpage
Website: Bob Woodruff Park South Webpage
Website: Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve Webpage
Website: Plano Trails Webpage
Website: Bike Plano Webpage
For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.
Trail System Planner
Plano Parks and Recreation Department
PO Box 860358
Plano, TX 75086 -0358
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