Pilot Knoll Trail

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Pilot Knoll Trail is a 7.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Argyle, Texas that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. 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.

Distance: 7.9 miles Elevation Gain: 223 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

hiking
23 days ago

Mostly wooded, sandy. Great for a quick pace. Lots of trash!

hiking
1 month ago

Trail was in pretty good shape didn’t get to do the whole trail as it was starting to rain fall colors are starting

hiking
1 month ago

T’was a fun trail. Made it to the lake and back. There was a LOT of sand, as is necessary for an equestrian trail. But it was difficult to hike through on foot in some places, as the sand was super deep. Would not consider it to be stroller friendly in those sandy spots.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice shaded!

hiking
3 months ago

went for hiking. Started early at 4:00 AM. we lost track at the start, as it was complete dark at 4;30 AM. My suggestion for everyone is not to start that early and if you do start, do not miss the map. Follow the map. lot of spider webs on the way.

hiking
blowdown
bugs
over grown
3 months ago

Great but definitely needs maintenance and cleanup

hiking
muddy
6 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Hiking the trail right now. Pleasantly surprised to see elevated, dry side-trails the horseback riders have made around flooded and muddy areas. This makes the trail easy to follow on foot dispite the conditions. Seeing and hearing lots of birds, but otherwise no other wildlife.

hiking
9 months ago

Very confusing

walking
10 months ago

This is not a enjoyable trail in any way. It's trashy, it's gross. There's too many other hiking trails to even think about coming back to this one. I worried about the safety of my dogs because of all the trash that on this trail.

running
Mon Sep 03 2018

Good low volume trail.

hiking
Wed Apr 11 2018

Agree with other reviewers... Very nice trails except for a bit of trash, some houses, and some road noise. But, overall quite nice. Not crowded during the week at least. I would describe it as very flat, but there are additional trails beyond what’s shown here so it’s great if you are looking for a long hike.

hiking
Sat Mar 17 2018

Nice trail. Lake on one side. Occasional houses on the other. Nice easy going. Wouldn’t do if it rained; it looks like it gets pretty mucky. Not many people on trail with us.

hiking
Sun Feb 18 2018

this trail is pretty nice. you can almost double the length if you do the additional section (not shown on this map, but marked at a trail map). Pros: fairly even most of the way, lots of trees and woods, fishing spots on hickory creek, nice little ups and downs, wide enough trail, lots of off trail meandering places. Cons: even after a light rain, trails get pretty muddy. black gumbo + red clay makes most of the trail messy esp after rain showers. loved sharing the trail with horses, but they muck up the trail pretty badly if it's wet. there's a good amount of trash along the way (big trash too, like rusted out metal pieces) which isn't as nice. about 1/3 of the trail is backing up to houses, which isn't my favorite, and a lot of city noises. still, overall, a nice trail for inside the city wandering!

Sun Feb 04 2018

A great length trail in the Denton area! Usually pretty quiet and shaded. The scenery is pretty consistent as woods for a while but the ends of the trail have beautiful views of the lake!

Tue Jan 30 2018

Nice and easy trail. Saw several others out enjoying the trail. Easy hiking/ walking paths.

running
Mon Jan 29 2018

beautiful for trail running. I was a dumb and went right after lunch on a Sunday, so there were tons of people. the only complaint I had were people smoking cigarettes on the trail which was unpleasant, and people taking up the whole trail when they see someone running towards them. but no complaints about the actual trail. really pretty, some nice quick hills, clearly marked.

hiking
Thu Nov 30 2017

Beautiful lake and view. Number of friendly horseback riders.

Thu Jul 20 2017

Nice easy hike!

running
Thu Jul 20 2017

Pilot Knoll / Hickory Creek is a really beautiful hike/bike path. If you like dragon flies you’ll love this trail. There are bunches! While most of the standard route is fairly stress-free to navigate, there are portions that will prove challenging. Steep uphill climbs, rocky terrain, and some spots with deep ruts from weathering, run-off and mountain bikes makes the roughly 6-mile in-and-out course less-than-routine. It’s no walk in the park. Add heat and humidity like today and it’s a good work-out and far from easy... A word of caution: the underpass was almost unnavigable - even a week or so after a rain event, the mud was so deep and so heavy it was almost impossible to get through. Take the path that leads up and over instead of crossing if you see mud...

Wed Jun 21 2017

Started out from the trailhead at Old Alton Road. There was only one little piece far in that was muddy, mostly easily walked around. However, the underpass was flooded and marked the end of my hike.

hiking
Sat Apr 08 2017

Best easy access "green tunnel" trail for running, hiking or in horse near Denton. No need to enter the park, there's free parking outside or early mornings. Major complaint: April 2017 the tunnel under the village parkway was flooded side to side so on horse or bike you might be okay but my run was not the 4-5 planned. A few nice little spurs down to the lake and hard to get lost!

hiking
Thu Mar 23 2017

Plenty of shade, clean trails and trail markings were easy enough to read. We will definitely be coming back

hiking
Mon Mar 13 2017

very nice trail, marks is OK. easy to hike trail.

walking
Sun Feb 12 2017

Trail a bit confusing. Nothing marked after P6, but still a nice walk.

running
Fri Aug 05 2016

Trail was nice but a little more overgrown than I expected. Will visit again for sure but with different gear next time.

hiking
Sun May 29 2016

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!

hiking
Sun Mar 27 2016

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.

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