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Natural Archives - Page 3 of 4 - North Texas Trails
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    Spring Creek Greenbelt – Frank E Harris

    Review: Spring Creek Greenbelt lies across from the trails at Spring Creek Forest Preserve, allowing more access to the creekbed. As well as the dirt trails, you can also access a short paved trail leading to a pond with a pavillion and fishing pier. The real reason to come is for the unmarked and unmapped trails that take you through the woods and down to the creek below. If you go to Spring Creek Forest Preserve, don’t forget to check out this trail system as well! Distance: Uncertain. The paved trail was about 1.2 miles leaving the parking lot, circling the pond, and back. I can’t find any official map or…

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    Spring Creek Nature Area

    Review: Spring Creek Nature Area is a great paved trail system in Richardson that meanders along Spring Creek. While mainly paved, there is a half a mile nature trail that you can explore to get a bit more wild, but for the most part this paved trail system stays under the trees as it follows Spring Creek. Make sure to take in some of the fantastic views of the creek, as this is one of the prettier creeks in the area, with clear water flowing over limestone rocks. Distance: I’m not able to find anything specific on distance here, but the park is 51 acres. My hike there was 3 miles…

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    Prarie Creek Park

    Review: Prarie Creek Park in Richardson is hidden away in a quiet Richardson neighborhood. This greenbelt park offers walks in the woods, views of the creek, and is home to a scenic waterfall. Bridges cross the creek take you to paths on both side of this narrow park. Prairie Creek Park is very close to the Spring Creek Park Nature Area if you want to expand your adventure after visiting the Falls. Distance: I’m not able to find anything specific on distance here, the park is 37 acres, and you aren’t going to be coming to this park for a long distance hike or jog unless you loop around. Area of…

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    Spring Creek Forest Preserve

    Review: The Spring Creek Forest Preserve in Garland is home to a beautiful forest following a scenic creek, in ravines up to 40 feet deep in places. It’s seperated into two areas, one to the east which is a mix of concrete and nature trails, and the western side which is purely nature trails. The views of the creek are beautiful, and while it isn’t the largest hiking area in town, you should definitely visit at least once! Distance: Hard to say. The official site doesn’t list any official miles. On my visit i hiked about five miles, including exploring the bike path to the east past Garland Road Area…

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    LLELA Nature Preserve

    Review: The LLELA Nature Preserve (LLELA = Lake Lewisville Environmental Learning Area) is a linear nature preserve just south of Lewisville Lake. There is a fee to enter, and call ahead to make sure they are open (after heavy rains or they are releasing water from the dam, it can get rather marshy). Here you will find miles of hiking trails, several spots to get out in a canoe or kayak, and can watch the water being released from the dam. It’s a very linear park, so plan ahead on where to park and how far to go. My recommendation, have two vehicles or at least park more centrally and move…

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    River Legacy Park

    Review: A beautiful park located in Arlington, River Legacy is right between Dallas and Fort Worth. There is something for everyone here: A well designed DORBA off road trail that is good for all levels, almost 8 miles of concrete trails with scenic views of the Trinity River, and a picturesque park with pavilions, playgrounds and lots of green wide open space to play or relax within. Not to mention, visitors often encounter wildlife here, including bobcats! Distance: About ten plus miles of dirt paths, close to 8 miles on the long concrete bike trail. That doesn’t even include the other trails inside the park that criss-cross the property. Area of…

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    Cedar Hill State Park

    Review: While there are a few other trails here at Cedar Hill State park, the DORBA trail is the reason to visit! This was the original mountain bike trail built by the DORBA organization, and is a beautiful trail through the countryside. You can pick which adventure you want (3 miles, 7 miles, 10+ miles), but these loops are fairly independant. Take care, once you set out, there isn’t an easy way to get back due to how these trails are set up. The other trails (Talala, Duck Pond) are worth a hike if on foot, but are much shorter distances. The park is close to other premiere trail spots…

  • Fort Worth Nature Center
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    Fort Worth Nature Center

    Review: The Fort Worth Nature Center is a sprawling area off the banks of Lake Worth, in NorthWest Fort Worth. This nature center has many types of terrains, from flat prarie to hilly walks along a rocky canyon. You can wander through an ancient forest, cross through a marsh, or launch a kayak and explore the waters. They even have a prarie dog village and a herd of buffalo! It’s strength is also it’s weakness, as the sprawling nature of the center means you often are doubling back on a trail, to get back to your vehicle. It’s a fantastic and beautiful place to hike, but plan your trip accordingly!…

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    North Shore – Lake Grapevine

    Review: The North Shore trail at Lake Grapevine is one of the most popular mountain bike trails in North Texas, if not THE most popular. This beautiful trail along the banks of Lake Grapevine has something for everyone, and not just mountain bikers. You’ll find beautiful views, lots of elevation changes and switchbacks, and a higher level of difficulty than you find elsewhere. The east side is do’able for most skill levels, while the west side is more advanced. I’ve heard this is the most used trail in the Metroplex, for good reason! Make sure you check it out! (Note: trail is maintained by DORBA) Distance: 22.5 miles of single-track…

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    Eagle Mountain Park

    Review: Eagle Mountain Park is a gem of a trail system north of Fort Worth, that is well worth your time! Some nice views of the lake, and some nice elevation changes to keep things interesting. There is a lot to see and do here for all skill levels. Several ‘bandit’ trails wind through the park, increasing mileage if you want to explore down those paths. I will certainly be back to visit this system again! Distance: Officially about 5 miles, but since you’ll be looping back, you can get much more mileage. There are also bandit trails not on the official map, that add more distance. Area of Town:…