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Natural Archives - Page 2 of 4 - North Texas Trails
  • Cedar Mountain Preserve Trail

    Cedar Mountain Preserve

    Review: Cedar Hill has so many amazing trails to enjoy it’s natural beauty, and this small nature preserve is worth a visit Maintained by Dallas County and part of the Open Spaces program, this preserves trail takes you through it’s 100 acres, giving you a beautiful forest walk. Distance: Cedar Mountain Preserve has one trail around 1 mile long, about 1.5 miles if you walk from Dogwood.  Area of Town: Cedar Hill, south of Dallas near Joe Pool Lake Facilities: None, but next door at Dogwood Canyon, the facility has a gift shop, restrooms, and meeting rooms. Dogwood Canyon has picnic areas, and places to sit and rest. Suitable for: Hiking…

  • Pecan Tree at Cottonwood Creek

    Cottonwood Creek Preserve

    Review: Cottonwood Creek Preserve is a 200 acre park in Wilmer, which features meadows and an old pecan grove. A part of the Dallas Open Space Program, the preserve is the largest park in Wilmer, and provides a nice place to stroll and explore, although the ‘trail’ isn’t in the best shape.. Distance: The city site lists a 2 mile trail, but the bridge is currently out. The trail is actually not well marked anymore, we hiked over 5 miles, but took many detours through the underbrush and explored. Your mileage may vary Area of Town: Wilmer, south of Dallas off of I-45 Facilities: There is a picnic table pavilion located next…

  • Old Fish Hatchery Entrance

    Old Fish Hatchery

    Review: The Old Fish Hatchery is located along the White Rock Lake trail, in a forested area at the southern edge of the lake. It consists of a grid of trails separated by the old cells or open spaces for the hatchery operations. This 50 acre space is home to wildlife including a colony of Monk Parakeets. Distance: Unclear, although i saw one reference to it being approximately 2 miles of trails Area of Town: East Dallas, next to White Rock Lake Facilities: None at the Hatchery, but there are restrooms and amenities along the greater lake trail Suitable for: Hiking, bird watching Type of Trail: Natural Trails Shade:  This is a…

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    Bob Jones Nature Center

    Review: Bob Jones Nature Center, located in Southlake near Lake Grapevine, offers miles of trails to explore either in the woods, or by the shores of the lake. You may encounter people on horseback, as these lakeshore trails are used as equestrian trails, so keep your eyes on where you step! The views here are beautiful, and you can really get some distance out here with over 20 miles of trails to ramble through. Distance: Over 20 miles of trails Area of Town: In Southlake near the shores of Lake Grapveine Facilities: There is a learning center here with bathrooms Suitable for: Hiking, horse back riding Type of Trail: Natural Trails…

  • John Bunker Sands Boardwalk
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    John Bunker Sands Wetlands Center

    Review: John Bunker Sands Wetlands Center is an amazing place! The learning center explains the value and importance of the wetlands for cleaning and reusing water, while the outdoors spaces are wide open giving you a chance to explore and see the ample wildlife that calls this place home. In the winter months, a pair of bald eagles calls this place home, and if you are lucky you may see them! Distance: Unclear. There is a vast area along the levees, so you can get as many miles are you want Area of Town: SouthEast of Dallas near Seagoville Facilities: There is a learning center here with bathrooms Suitable for: Hiking,…

  • Grapevine Springs Preserve

    Grapevine Springs Preserve

    Review: Grapevine Springs Preserve is a 16 acre park in Coppell, with gravel trails and some natural trails. A part of the Dallas Open Space Program, this park is beautifully maintained with historic structures. Not a major trail system, this spot is best for kids or just enjoying some time outdoors. Distance: Unclear. I logged over a mile exploring the park Area of Town: Coppell, on Bethel Road near it’s historic downtown Facilities: There are picnic tables and restrooms at the nearby Senior Center Suitable for: Hiking Type of Trail: Natural Trails Shade:  The natural trails are mainly shaded. The paved trails, are a mix of shade and sun. Where to Park: …

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    Trinity River Audubon Center

    Review: Considered the gateway to the Trinity Forest, the Trinity River Audubon Center is located in SE Dallas and home to five miles of trails that encompass wetlands, forest and blackland prairie. Built on the location of an illegal dumping site, this nature preserve has a fascinating story of reclaiming nature from an ecological disaster. Not only does this facility boast beautiful trails and views, this is also one of the premiere locations in Dallas for bird watching! Distance: The official site says the center has 5 miles of trails to explore Area of Town: Southeast of downtown, along the banks of the Trinity River Facilities: The LEED certified facility is…

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    Coppell Nature Park

    Review: Coppell Nature Park is a 66 acre city park near DFW Airport, which is beautifully maintained with multiple trails alongside a creek (don’t be afraid to get wet!). While not as large as Cedar Ridge Preserve or Arbor Hills, the five miles of natural trails provide a great outing in a natural setting for visitors! Distance: 5 miles of trails (per website) Area of Town: Coppell, north of LBJ off of Freeport Parkway Facilities: This is a well maintained park with picnic tables, restrooms, and a biodiversity center Suitable for: Hiking Type of Trail: Natural Trails Shade:  The natural trails are mainly shaded, with some areas like the Prarie open to…

  • Elm fork nature preserve entrance sign hiking north texas trails

    Elm Fork Preserve

    Review: Tucked away in the back of McInnish Park sports complex, is a small 40 acre pristine and beautiful forest to explore, the Elm Fork Preserve! It’s short distance and wide trails make it perfect for small kids, or anyone looking for a short but picturesque walk through the woods. This is a well maintained trail, well marked with signs and information about the kinds of trees that grow within, and features views of a small nearby pond. Distance: 1 mile of trails Area of Town: Carrollton near 35 and Sandy Park Lane Facilities: There is an interpretive center in the park, I’m not sure if there are restrooms available. There…

  • Clear creek natural heritage center entrance sign

    Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center

    Review: Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center is a fantastic and beautiful nature preserve to explore! There is so much to explore here in such a small place, including prairie, forest, wetlands and views of the Trinity River. I highly recommend visiting, but make sure to check their instagram account to check for trail status. The first time I tried to visit (2020) the majority of the preserve was closed due to flooding, so check trail status before making the trip out! Distance: Approximately 5 miles of trails Area of Town: Denton Facilities: There is a portable toilet facility at the entrance. The visitor center does have water and restrooms when open…