This is a great trail!
The main trail here appears to be Hickory Creek as the route I took was called that hit matched the GPS record of others that are posted in this app.
That said, I will definitely go back here. The trail runs directly beside a bunch of farms with very inquisitive horses and one charming donkey. (Please don't feed them!)
I did 8 miles total on this system and the woman at the Pilot Knoll Park kiosk was both very friendly and extremely helpful.
I've added a few pics!
I enjoyed this hike, very few people after you get about 1/2 mile into it. I parked on the side of the street at Old Alton and did not see anyone after the first 1/2 mile until I made it to Village Parkway. I would say that about 95-97% of the trail was dry today, and the 3-5% of the trail had standing water and soggy area. Those areas were comfortable to walk around. I recommend it, little elevations overall easy Hike in my opinion.
Completed this out and back today. There is really quite a trail system built out in this area, but unfortunately the flooding of the past year has really turned much of the area into a less desirable area. You can see that the trail was under water for a long time, the high water lines on the trees tell the story.
The lakeside trail is still quick soggy in areas even though we have not had rain for a while. The trash is surprising. It is sad to think that there was that much floating around in the water to be deposited here.
The hike itself is nice easy path with just slight elevation gains and losses We departed from the parking lot located just outside the main park entrance. There is lots of parking there and you do not have to pay the park fee. The trail is well marked and easy to follow.
The first part of the hike is along the property line so you are walking along side the backyards of the neighbors. After about 8/10 the of a mile you are away from the houses for a while.
There were a number of other hikers out today, but it certainly was not crowded.
I really enjoyed certain parts of the trail. Nearer to the lake it was muddy from the flooding still. There was once or twice were I couldn't tell which path I was supposed to take as there was a fork in the trail. I entered the start of the trail where the boat ramp entrance was, there was another trail across from it. Poindexter this trail was a lot nicer. I could not find it on the app/website.
Excellent trail right outside of DFW. It's a well kept trail and moderately difficult. Nice views and well shaded for much of the trail. You can either park right outside the entrance to the park or there is a lot about 3/4 of a mile up the road from the park entrance that's a great place to park. You don't have to pay and enter the park to hike the trails, just park in one of the lots outside. I recommended boots or tennis shoes for this one due to a lot of loose dirt that gets into hiking sandals.
Hiked the trail today for a total of 5 miles, the weather wasn't too bad, it dropped down to the low 80's so it made for a great hike. Lots of sand across the trails but it's nice that there's lots of shade. I took my dog with me but we encountered horseback riders about 5 different times, so be sure your dog is okay with horses or just don't bring them at all.
Great trail for my young family. Just a nite that you don't actually go into the park (and don't have to pay the $10). Park near the gate house and the trail goes both left & right from there. We ran into a few riders but not so many that we were bothered.
Jenny W. on Pilot Knoll Trail
My dog and I hiked the whole 9 miles, out and back. It was enjoyable-- pretty scenery, well maintained trails. It's mostly flat--there are a few tricky spots near Lake Lewisville. The old bridge is a neat feature. We only saw a few other people-- including 2 horseback riders (remember to always yield to horses). The cons? There are no bathrooms or water fountains here. Parking is limited.
I did a 9 mile hike, out and back from the Old Alton Bridge trailhead to just before Pilot Knoll Park, with some side wanderings. This is an easy hike, although the thick sand in places is tough, and you have to be vigilant for horse droppings. I met about 10 riders, and a handful of folks out walking. It was VERY hot (mid-August). I'd imagine this trail is better in the spring. Walking across the old bridge, twice, made it all worthwhile for me!
Love this trail! Lots of shade along the way and the wildflowers are blooming. The sign from the Old Alton Bridge side does says pets on leashes in response to one of the reviews I see here that say pets are not allowed. Glad I found this one. It's a nice change from paved trails near Denton.
This trail is a great choice for a "nature hike" for families or anyone who needs to get away from DFW for a few hours. I met 5 horseback riders and a dozen hikers in a leisurely four hour hike. (Note, no bikes, or pets allowed). The trail was well marked and there are several parking spots along the way if you want to vary the hike. The difficulty was easy with a few moderate climbs to make it more interesting. Nice views along Lake Lewisville and up Hickory Creek to the historic 1884 iron bridge. I plan to hike the other side toward Sycamore Bend next outing.
This is a great trail. Bikers are not allowed. There are views along the way of the lake as well. The trail was not crowded at all. We began the trail at the entrance of the Pilot Knoll Park; however, it only opened at 7am. This was summer hours, winter hours might be different. If anyone needs to start earlier, there is additional parking up the road without needing to enter the park.