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Trail de Paris is getting statewide attention thanks to a couple of prominent Texas magazines.
“Our Northeast Texas Trail made the cover page and story of the November 2013 issue of the Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine,” said trail founder Earl Erickson. “To be recognized in two prominent state magazines this year is extraordinary.”
There was also a trail article in the March issue of Texas Highways.
The article, “Lone Star Walkabout,” is about author Cameron Dodd’s attempt in May to be the first to walk the 130-mile Northeast Texas Trail, which includes the Trail de Paris. He started the four-day trek in Farmersville and journeyed to the trail’s end at New Boston.
The trail is a Rails-to-Trails project that has been in the works since the 1990s. “Some cities, like Farmersville, Paris and New Boston, have taken advantage of this already-cleared corridor and tied it into existing park areas to encourage recreation and ecotourism. Other towns, as I’d find out along my journey, weren’t so enthusiastic about a trail bringing bike, foot and horse traffic to their area and have let their section of trail become overgrown and mostly impassable,” Dodd wrote.
In fact, a couple of those sections proved so overgrown that he couldn’t walk the trail entirely. He had to get rides from near Pecan Gap to Roxton and from Blossom to Avery.
About the Lamar County section, Dodd said:
I camp in Paris, and Earl Erickson meets me early the next morning. Erickson is the chair of the steering committee for the Trail de Paris bike ride and has been instrumental in writing grant applications and promoting the trail. We’d been in contact during my trip planning, and he’d even sent over his son, a doctor, the night before our meeting, with supplies for me to drain my blisters.
Erickson and I walk together to where the NETT meets a series of nature trails that wind through an old-growth forest to the east of Paris and connect the main trail to the large Paris Sports Com-plex. Erickson is confident that soon they’ll persuade the landowners and reluctant town officials to take down their fences, maintain their sections of the corridor and connect the entire trail.
From Paris, through Reno and to Blossom, around 10 miles, the trail is easy, mostly paved and totally clear.
“First-hand accounts of trekking our 130-mile trail will surely draw others to experience all its benefits,” Erickson said. “This article further publicizes Paris as one of the trail’s destination towns that users can venture to and explore and enjoy its scenery, services, heritage and treasures.”