LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A new 1.1-mile walking trail will give park visitors a closer look at the natural beauty that Ellen Trout Park has to offer.
The Ellen Trout Walking trail is a crushed granite trail that goes around the back side of the park's lake, giving park visitors a view of the area not seen before.
"We've always had people walking the front part of the park, but now they can walk completely around the lake," said Lufkin parks and Recreation Director Mike Akridge. "It's a complete circle."
This is the third nature trail added to the park system in Lufkin that already included trails at Kit McConnico park and Morris Frank Park.
"The zoo is a great place for this," Akridge said. "It is a great nature setting. You can come back here and get a great view across the lake."
Akridge said the city added benches and trash cans around the paths. Akridge said the city still plans on coming out and removing some of the underbrush for safety reasons.
Akridge said the trail will be open every day while the park is open except for on special occasions such as the 4th of July celebration.