North Shore Trail is a 5.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Grapevine, TX that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Great trail to mountain bike! love the ramps! spotted a baby deer by the trail in the afternoon that was pretty cool
I LOVED this trail! I have ridden a lot of different places. This trail is very well maintained and so much fun! Almost didn't come here. So glad I did.
This is a fantastic one-way trail for hikers, trail runners, and riders. (A quick note about riders: This is a very popular MTB trail and it's incumbent upon us hikers/trail runners to stay aware and yield the trail to them. If you need music while you workout, please leave one earbud out and make a conscious effort to listen for riders. You'll hear them before they see you. Also, please avoid disrupting roots/rocks/ruts on the trail. What you may see as a hazard is a technical feature for our wheeled friends.)
I've done as few as 4.5 miles and as many as 16 miles on Northshore and it's my go to as I can be there and ready to go in 15 minutes. I enter through Rockledge Park because the folks there are fantastic and I like the idea of supporting the park services with my meager $5 entry fee. You can park for free at the Murrell Park entrance, if that's your preference.
As with most DFW area trails, this is not an elevation change kind of place. There are a few extremely moderate inclines scattered across the miles but they are not challenging in the least. This is really a great place for those just starting out and for more experienced folks to get some good mileage. As noted above, these are one-way trails. I've seen few close calls so make sure to move in the right direction.
The trail is stunning. I've hiked it at least 15 times and I am awed each time. From the Great Blue (and White) Herons to the remarkable serene lake views, Northshore is fantastic for photography as well as your spirit.
It was a very fun hike with my fiancé! We spent about 2 hours on the trail. Not a ton of elevation change. The section we hiked was mostly forested; not much view of the lake. We started at the Murrell Park entrance and hiked east and looped back. I will definitely be back to hike this trail more!
Great little trail. There's a free entrance to the trail at Murrell Park.
great to get away from dfw
Enjoyable trail but needs better markings/signage to move from one loop to another. saw a lot of trash by the shore. One spot had 10-12 empty beer cans and dozens of spent fireworks. The next time we go we will take trash sacks to help clean up.
North Shore is an oasis of calm in the midst or urban sprawl. One funny sight: one trail follows the back fences of homes. We saw a family enjoying their pool as we were 10 feet from their fence.
Great trail! It was quite long most of it seemed to be nicely isolated from hectic reality. the beginning of the trail was not very well established. More than a few times I was not sure if I was on the right path.
We went in at Rockledge and had a hard time finding the trail. I think we should have gone in on the other end. Once we did find it, it was not marked well and we got lost. There was also a lot of trash. Disappointing since we paid to get in. We will stick to the trails at Cedar Ridge or Arbor Hills. Much cleaner and marked.
if your a hiker do not follow the Dorba.org closed guidelines. i talked to a park attendant today and he said that is for bikes only. they are a dallas off road bike club.so hiking guidelines do not apply.
We hiked just under 2 miles and only ran into a few people. Weather was great (sunny and 60). Was just checking it out as it was my first time but I went with my buddy that hikes this area frequently. He showed me damage from the flood and the washed out bridges that still need repaired. It was a great way to burn some early morning calories. Easy and some great sight lines of Lake Grapevine!
I first went to Rockledge Park. The guy at the gate said the trail was closed to bikes, but I could hike about 2 miles. I decided to go where the trail meets the first neighborhood and went in there. As the guy said, about 2 miles and the first bridge was down. We hiked north up the stream about 1/8th of a mile to find a crossing. The brush was bad, but it was worth it! We found an awesome slab of sandstone that had been carved out by the water. No trash, no people, just beautiful nature.
Once we crossed the creek we followed the trail for another mile until we hit another area where there was no longer a bridge. We found a tree to walk across to the other side. We then walked as far north as the trail went and did part of the loop before it ended in water. From there we got back on the original trail and hiked back. Then took one of the roads the remaining way.
Overall, it wasn't very muddy. The bottom part of the loop is mostly underwater and you have to get creative for the 2 bridges that are down. 6 hours and 11.5 miles hiked. Great time.
I tried to go yesterday. And the guy at the gate said that it was too muddy and you couldn't bike. I was really bummed to say the least considering I went quite a drive to get there.