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My partner and I really enjoyed this hike. Fallen trees but not to many crossing trail.

on The Lighthouse Trail

hiking
11 days ago

Very nice trail. it is 5.8 miles return. At the trail's end, you can climb up to the lighthouse rock formation. The trail has ups and downs, nice scenary. Well marked.

mountain biking
16 days ago

Good mix of beginner and intermediate single track with a few hairy advanced spots deeper into this big counterclockwise loop. Easy to choose your distance by turning left at any of the well-marked return trails that will take you back to the trailhead. Lot’s of tall vegetation and “tunnels” this time of year. There were times when I wished I had worn sleeves. But it’s August in Texas! My advice is to hit the trail early in the AM as much of this trail is shaded and pleasant before the sun gets too high. My GPS registered a little over 6.5 miles to the turnaround at Cheyenne Circle. One option for a loop that’s shorter than doubling back on the return trail is to ride back to the trailhead on paved roads by going up Cheyenne to Pocahontas which connects to Cross Timbers. A little more than 3 miles gets you back to the trailhead on 377 and makes for a total of 10 miles which I did in a 1:30. A good alternative when you’re time constrained but want to go deep to reach a couple of the more technical stretches. About those rocks not far from the final turnaround: I passed a guy who blew out his rear derailleur and snapped a chain. Not a great place for a major technical blowout! Happy riding.

This was a great well maintained easy trail.
On the drive home we noticed hundreds of seed ticks on us. Please heed the tick warnings for July 2018!!

Hiked this trail in the hottest part of day in the hottest time of year. Other than the heat and need for plenty of water was a pretty easy hike. All in all this was a nice trail with easy terrain. Lots of lizards and annoying bugs (not sure what they were) that would not stop biting me! Was quite disappointed when we hit the “end of trail” post to find you couldn’t even see the landmark from this point. We didn’t carry on due to time of day and water supply but I do intend on going back and finishing the hike to the top of the lighthouse.

hiking
23 days ago

The trail is rated moderate perhaps because of its 5.7 mile distance but it is more of an easy trail. It is well traveled and the trail itself is wide enough for a car at many places. The exception is the last part to the lighthouse which involves some climbing. But that section is not part of the trail proper. If you don’t mind a bit of climbing it is well worth the effort to get up to the lighthouse. The views from there are great. There are a couple of ways to get up from where there is a metallic bench. At first we took the path toward the left. It ended up being a bit difficult and we turned back. We took the one toward the right which was easier so I would definitely recommend that route.

23 days ago

This is a nicely marked Trail with markers every 0.1 miles. It provides some very nice views along the way as well as at the top. It is also used by bikers but not being one I think it is scary at some places where the path is narrow and there is a steep drop off on one side. We also did the lighthouse trail and a couple of other in the park but this one was the best overall, although the lighthouse trail afforded some nice views for those who climbed to it.

mountain biking
24 days ago

Great biking trail, not a lot of scenery besides the typical swamp land. Well maintained paved trail. Depending on your skill level it can easily be navigated in a day. It's a hot ride but passes by several areas with water, food, shops, etc. Take water and snacks with you just in case. It is very hot during the summer months, we enjoy the ride more during the cooler months.

Holy ticks!!!! We would be back if it wasn’t for the ticks. May try again when it’s cooler. That many ticks just wasn’t worth it.

hiking
27 days ago

The first mile or two is fantastic scenery. It drops off a little on the big loop in the middle where there is nothing but tall flowers/grass blocking views and trapping in heat (Summer). We almost got run over by a bike at this area because there’s no way to see someone else coming around the thin corners. Other than that though, great place for a walk, workout, to get away and enjoy the outdoors.

on Rock Garden Trail

hiking
29 days ago

This is a moderate trail especially at the start. Uphill until you get to rim. very pretty views. Returning is much easier I thought the best view was about 0.5 miles from the top and not the top itself. However, by time I reached to top, it was very hot and I did not explore.....next time

hiking
1 month ago

One of my favorite tralis to Ruck so far! lots of great scenery, very well marked and maintained. Great space to clear your head, and next to no trail traffic on a quiet monday.

Of course it's a great trail, but watch out for rattlesnakes. We passed 2 rattlesnakes on our hike. One was in the middle of the trail and one was toward the side of the trail in the shade. It had just bit a hiker and she was waiting for medical help to arrive. Hike in center of trail (about5-6 feet wide) and be very aware of surroundings.

trail running
1 month ago

I love these trails for close to home hiking/running, but tend to stay away during the summer months due to ticks/chiggers. The few times I’ve ventured on these trails between May and September I’ve returned home with a ridiculous amount of ticks. I frequent these trails December thru March with much less of a tick problem.

walking
1 month ago

Been here several times, both walking and biking. Black top tip to tip with marked crossroads, and there's alot of them on certain sections. No dogs allowed. All flat ground. Several entrances and exits, but very few bathroom facilities on the trail so be prepared. Horses are allowed on parts of the trail but I've never seen any.

trail running
1 month ago

The website for the Fort Worth Nature Center says no running on the trails.

hiking
1 month ago

I took my two small dogs on this trail this morning. We got out there just right before 8am and by the time we got back to the car it was blazing hot. It took us about 2.5 hours to compete, but we took it slow and took lots of water breaks. Heavily used, mostly a hard dirt packed trail with some rocks and sand. I would say that the only thing that is moderate about this hike is the oppressive heat. I saw people walking in with only a liter of water but make no mistakes that is absolutely not enough water if you’re hiking in the heat of the day. I had two 64 ounce water bladders in my backpack and I drained most of them. Not much shade, so sunscreen and a hat is a must. Beautiful views, with lots of wildlife. We saw a few lizards, a tarantula, and some bluebirds. I would imagine this trail would have been absolutely amazing when all of the water crossings were full. I would recommend this trail to experienced hikers in the summer and to everyone on the cooler months.

hiking
1 month ago

First timer on this trail. I traveled SOBO to the end and returned via the road. The first part of this very well marked trail had quite a bit of prairie runs - not my cup of tea - the last half of the trail did include mostly forested areas. The elevation changes offered some challenge, but it’s nothing an average fitness level hiker can’t handle. I’d give it a difficulty level of 3/5. The trail had very light traffic...only saw a woman + her dog, a couple, and a man + his two young boys. Would recommend treating your clothes with your choice of insect repellent because there are stretches of the trail that are very narrow; so, you will be brushing against foliage along the way.

mountain biking
1 month ago

needs to be cleared out lots ove overhang and a tremendous amount of ticks. if you come bring some high deet spray . I had over 100 tick bites using 40% deet. trails are really fun and the the plaid trail is very fast and flowy.

Great trail with skill levels for everyone. The trailhead is a bit hidden off to the left and down the hill as you enter the park. Dense forest with little breeze so go early.

It's a great hike that is nearby but feels remote when hiking it. I love the elevation changes that happen across the hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Gorgeous trail! Dog friendly and great views.

Very accessible and wonderfully maintained trail up to the top of the canyon. Unique in that it offers some of the greenest views the canyon has to offer and certainly has some of the best photo ops in the park. Plenty of safe “off trail” opportunities to explore the numerous boulders around you without losing sight of the paved trail. This is my go-to trail anytime I want a little bit of everything and feel like getting a good workout in as well.

hiking
2 months ago

The trail is well taken care of, and the park is well maintained; although I dont recommend doing this one in the afternoon in the summer... its 6.5 miles from start to finish and then back to your vehicle... bring lots of water if you do it over the summer. tons of prairie like chunks of trail (no tree cover).

hiking
2 months ago

Eric and Janine, not sure where y'all were but this trail is very well marked and maintained. The Natuture Center is only open from 7 am to 5 so maybe that was the issue. The southern most trailhead is at the same parking spot that is for Greer Island.

This is a great trail but beginners be aware. There are several ups and downs with rock or railroad ties. Great views at the top. Wish the old resting spot still had a roof. The dog loved this hike.

on Knob Hill Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Love it! I usually do the 12.5 mile loop. If you’re a beginner- intermediate hiker/mountain biker/ trail runner you’ll enjoy it. Be prepared though, going out is fairly simple, but it gets more difficult on the return trip. Also there are no service roads leading into the trail, and no facilities on it. So no restrooms, water points, or access for emergency vehicles. So bring everything you’re gonna need for the distance you want to travel.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice short, shaded, and easy trail. There isn't really anything that stands out to me. I prefer riding my bike down this trail instead of hiking.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice, easy, quiet trail with lots of shade and minimal elevation changes. Watch out for wasps attracted to sunscreen! Toilet facilities at far end of the loop. Almost a 5 mile trail. Cell reception very spotty.

nature trips
2 months ago

Hiked 5 miles of this trail starting at the Dunhan Road entrance and was decently pleased with the outing. Trail was shaded by trees off and on but there are a few spots that turns where there is tall vegetation that isn’t necessarily the prettiest to look at. Only wildlife was a couple of squirrels and butterflies. Definitely plenty of bikers on this one, need to be wary of when they come up behind you. Not impressed but not dissatisfied.

I never get tired of it! Easy trail and great views.

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