Great biking trail.

24 days ago

The trail is at 5600 Riverside, the entrance that All Trails gives is permanently closed...

Kristen and I walked this at 6 pm. Great sunset colors. Trees around the river were as tall as any trees in dallas. No one was on the trail or in the parking lot. After the train trestle the trail had been flooded and we had to turn back.
I liked the feeling of being remote even though we were in the city.

We started at Mountain creek reserve. As soon as you get on the path to walk, the scenery totally changes. While on one side there are trees and shrubs, the right side is a constant eyesore of construction sites, equipment and noise and trash and the constant odor of sewage. We walked to the Bonnie and Clyde bridge, which was an unexpected fun site.. but again more construction surrounding it. There is trash littering that whole part of the trail, with signs saying keep out everywhere. The smell, the whole trail is really bad with sewage. And the swarms (yes swarms) of mosquitos was awful.. (obviously because of all of the standing water). We have walked many trails, this might be the worst ever. Not what we were expecting at all. Along with all of that, we were almost afraid to leave our vehicle in the parking area, because of all the youngsters sitting around in their vehicles watching everyone that drove in.

I don't know why it says no dogs, but I took my dog on a run/hike here and it was awesome! It was a little muddy because of recent rain, but I loved it. It was surprisingly quiet too, considering there's a gun range close to here. I'm not sure if the range was closed today so that's why we didn't hear anything, or what. We were the only ones on the trail for a while. passed another runner and one other person pulled up as we were leaving. I like how secluded it is, too. thanks for the great find!

trail running
4 months ago

More of a biking trail than anything. There was a couple of guys parked at the trailhead just sitting in their trucks. Not sure what they were doing there just hanging out at 4PM on a Friday afternoon in late December but they didn’t give any trouble and were gone by the time I got back. A lot of switchbacks and twists on this trail with bridges and obstacles meant clearly for biking. Still fun to trail run it but loop after loop gets old when you’re running. Is pretty trashy but clear enough to not be too bothered by it. Not a single person out on the trail when I went out. Trail was a bit soggy even though it hasn’t rained recently. I would give four stars for biking, three for trail running.

walking
6 months ago

Nice trail for its location; trash aside there’s a wide variety of birds and bugs. Nice trees. I always joke about finding a dead body someday because of all the people sitting around smoking and the discarded condoms and needles you can find, but then I found two dead dogs on the west half of the trail. Still walk there, 3/10 for all the litter but +2 for birds and bugs and +2 for the sense of danger making me feel alive. Total 7/10

hiking
7 months ago

Ok for a short day hike

Not a trail to make a day trip out of- more of a walk than a hike. If you're looking to get close to nature, I would dedicate time to finding a more rural trail. Throughout our visit the air was filled with soft sounds of a nearby highway. Not disrupting in the least but it does prevent you from feeling totally immersed in the trees.

The nature we encountered included a variety of birds and many vibrantly colored crown spiders. Evidence of snakes, though we didn't come across any.

This isn't a place most people come to to enjoy nor appreciate nature- trash is common. The nature itself is still beautiful.

Never crowded except for the bugs. Could use more water stations. Nice workout equipment at various spots. Lots of shaded woods along the way.

mountain biking
9 months ago

I like this trail for an easy little ride close to my home in Irving, but I too was uncomfortable with a couple of seriously sketchy-looking dudes sitting in separate cars at the trailhead yesterday. Just sitting. I rode around where I could keep an eye on my truck until they split. It took awhile. My vehicle was still there when I returned. Yay!

Extremely sketchy. Pull up to the parking lot and it looked like guys sitting in their cars waiting to do a drug deal. We never even stopped to get out because we were being watched.

hiking
Sunday, April 30, 2017

Best trail in Irving. Excellent for cycling, walking and running.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Great cement trail, gets busy on nice evenings...

hiking
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Firstly, allow me to give this trail a bit of context. If you are looking for a grand communion with nature, or photos for your new calendar, or an idyllic spot to vacation with the family, this is really not the trail you seek. This is located in gritty North Dallas, not far from strip malls and light industrial buildings. However, if you happen to be in this area, as was I, and wish to take a walk through the trees, this trail may suffice.

Allow me to say unambivalently, that were I a solitary female, I would not hike here. Were it after dark, and I were unarmed, I would not hike here. If I saw a scary psychopathic clown on the trail ahead of me, I would not hike here. I think my meaning should be clear. In the day hours, with a mate or two, it seems harmless enough.

The trail is easy enough to follow. The trail is flat almost the entire loop, with only moderate inclines. You would be walking through woods much of the time. You can see a small lake, and also a river. I couldn’t see any signs directing your poochie dog to be on a leash, but it looks at least as dog friendly as it is people friendly. There is a public bicycle pump near the trailhead, and lots of bicycle tracks on the trail, so I will extrapolate at least a modest popularity of this trail with mountain bikers.

hiking
Sunday, March 12, 2017

The trail is next to a shooting range. The gunshots scare all the wildlife away. The nature trails are closed and need maintenance. The main path is paved concrete 10 ft wide. Too urban for my dog and me.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Still flooded. All parking spots closed down

Sunday, January 03, 2016

Closed due to high water/flooding

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Clearing where the road is splits the trails up, making it a little difficult to find them.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Awesome

Friday, February 27, 2015

Nothing special or too technical but very good for beginners and a good spot for a workout. Very well marked and maintained with several exits if you want to cut your ride short.

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Currently a great trail after they trimmed all of the brush away! Some technical parts, as well as straightaways. All around a good trail. Just needs some more maintenance.

mountain biking
Monday, July 14, 2014

Did the trail on 7/10/14
I've done close to all trails in the Dallas area and Fort Worth and as far as glen rose. If you live within 5 miles of this trail, I could understand the "want" to go to LBJ.

The trail is not well indicated. Also, too easy. Don't park off of Sandy Hill find the other entrance.

mountain biking
Saturday, June 28, 2014

This is known as being about the most basic trail around Dallas. It's first on the list for beginners. It's very tame and flat. While it has some good flow in a few parts and a couple of sections where you can right-out sprint, it's just not all that exciting. The most technical you'll get is a few dips and the tech loop which has tight turns, lots of roots, and close-in trees that actually can be a little tricky. The last time I went there, it was also very overgrown. I could hardly see the trail a few times because of the grass and I had to constantly watch out for low-hanging branches and twigs that were right about face level. The DORBA trail stewards are excellent at taking care of the trails, though, so I may have just gone right before a day when they moved through to clean it all up. The signage is very good and there are plenty of bypasses and exits if you need them. It's not a bad trail by any means and it's great if you're just starting out or the kids are, but if you're experienced and have a chance to hit a different trail, you might enjoy yourself more elsewhere. If you've never been, it's still worth a visit to see the trail variety in Dallas.

mountain biking
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

We love this trail! It is very well marked, it is a great trail for the whole family & it has a lot of variation. There are straight sections, s-curves, switchbacks, a dip loop, a technical loop, varied surfaces, varied terrain, and a few challenges in spots but not so tough that a beginner can't navigate. We all enjoyed this trail!

trail running
Thursday, February 06, 2014

Long wide trail, still have not run the complete trail, but decent views, on the border of Dallas & Irving. Pot-a-potty stations, some water fountains. Dont recommend running here alone only because not a lot of foot traffic, and no lights at night. Otherwise a good place to get a lo g distance run.

Monday, January 06, 2014

nice trail

mountain biking
Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Great park, more for Running, also nice for cruising on a bike, long trail!

hiking
Saturday, October 05, 2013

Oct 5, 2013 ~ Tough to find a hiking trail in the burbs of Dallas, but found this one while staying here and it was great to get out and see some trees instead of concrete. Could tell immediately this trail (or at least the section I hiked) was created with the mountain biker in mind, but I enjoyed it anyway. I mountain bike and can see myself bringing the bike on my next time in the Dallas area. If I had been on my bike, I'd give it 3 stars.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The trail has weight machines ever 1/2 mile or so...pretty cool

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