Avery to DeKalb

Avery to DeKalb

Before planning your trip, please review the Rules and Campsites posted on the NETT Coalition website.


Welcome to De Kalb!
De Kalb is a charming historic town on the North East Texas Trail. Entering Bowie County from the west the NETT is best suited for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. The city park has a covered pavilion with picnic tables and the nearby Industrial Park has hook-ups and primitive camping as well as corrals for horses.

Entering town, one will enjoy several restaurants located adjacent to the trail. The Front Street Junction, sitting right next to the trail, enjoys a wide-ranging reputation for great food and wonderful hospitality. The Williams House Museum System, housed in the old railroad section foreman’s house built in 1880 and has expanded to include several adjacent buildings, welcomes visitors to tour or just to sit and rest a spell. De Kalb also boasts three cottages available for daily rent, two adjacent to the trail sleeping 8 and 6 people and the third one is two block south of the trail and can sleep 12. Reservations can be found on Airbnb. For breakfast, De Kalb has Big Daddy’s Donuts and Rio Verde. Recently opened De Kalb Grind, located in the Maranatha Church, is a great place for your morning coffee fix. Should you need to restock, Spring Market is located on the trail on the east end of town.

Annually, several events are held on the trail. Saturday in the Park is the last Saturday in September and is a fun filled day beginning with a 5K race and ending with a chili supper. De Kalb Texas Oktoberfest is the first Saturday in October. More information can be found at www.dekalbtexasoktoberfest.com or on Facebook. The West Bowie Rotary Club hosts the Run the Rail Half-Marathon beginning in De Kalb and ending at the trailhead in New Boston the second Saturday in October. Registration is found on www.RunSignUp.com.

De Kalb, a great place to visit as you travel the North East Texas Trail!


10.3 miles

Surface and Conditions/Challenges

From Avery’s city limits East to the Bowie County line is a flat, smooth and natural surface. There are a few mud holes, ruts, gravel and vegetation along the route.

Appropriate for

Biking, Hiking, Horseback


DeKalb Industrial Park Highway 82 – Runnels has a campground for horses


The public is asked to contact the person listed for each trail town to make reservations for camping. A complete list of campsites and contact information is posted on the NETT website.
De Kalb : Contact De Kalb City Hall for permits during business hours: (903) 667.2410. After business hours or weekends, please contact Denise Swint at (903) 826.1359. At the present time there is primitive camping at the industrial park. Four (4) spaces have water and electricity. There are a total of 12 spaces and 4 pens for equine use. Showers are available at the city storm shelter and De Kalb VFD.

Local Emergency Contact Information:

Emergency of any type – 9-1-1
City of Avery (City Hall) – (903) 684-3825
City of DeKalb (City Hall) – (903) 667-2410
City of DeKalb (Police Department) – (903) 667-2095
Bowie County Sheriff’s Office – (903) 628-6815
Bowie County Precinct 4 – Pat McCoy, Commissioner – (903) 628-2278
Bowie County Precinct 3 – Kelly Blackburn, Commissioner – (903) 667-5116
Texas State Highway Patrol – (903) 792-0491



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Equine Trail Supporters from Avery TX turned out to host the Best of America By Horseback TV Show June 2013 Volunteers setting end-posts for side-rails on another retopped bridge in Bowie Co August 2009 Volunteers installing side-railing on Bowie Co s famous Holy Bridge 2009
TX ladies riding w Best of America By Horseback TV Show welcomed to De Kalb June 2013 Trail Boss Earl Smith w daughter and grnddaughter on fundrasing trail ride April 2009 Tom Seay host of Best of America by Horseback TV Show riding at a leisurely early summer pace June 2013
Tom Seay host of Best of America by Horseback TV Show in Red River Co between De Kalb and Avery June 2013 Tom Seay and Nancy K just after entering Red River County TX on the way to lunch feast in Avery June 2013 Riders heading to the trail from camping area in De Kalb - Fund Raising Trail Ride April 2009
Phillip Holden etal on the trail w Best of America By Horseback June 2013 NETT trail view in West Bowie County heading to Avery w Tom Seay June 2013 Nancy K other TX riders in Bowie Co w Best of America by Horseback TV Show June 2013
Jimmy Ramsey enjoying his ride w the Best of America By Horseback TV Show June 2013 Fund Raising Trail Ride participants in Bowie County April 2009 Tom Seay host of Best of America by Horseback TV Show doing what he does best in Avery TX June 2013
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