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hiking
muddy
17 hours ago

I really enjoyed the hike overall and will definitely be back. Beautiful area, super quiet and remote. One of the really cool things about this place is the way multiple trails intersect often so you can sort of make your own route. There are about 75 miles of trails here (not including the unmapped trails you find along the way) so you have almost unlimited route possibilities!

The only reason I didn’t rate it higher is that the trail conditions were not great. There were some muddy patches—nothing I wasn’t expecting considering how much rain north Texas has received this fall—but the real problem was the way the surface was so uneven due to horse traffic. It was awful in many places and hard to navigate. I’ve been on mixed is trails before and have never seen anything like this. I’m sure it wouldn’t have been as bad if the ground wasn’t so soft. I left wondering if the Forest Service would usually have tried to alleviate that somewhat if they weren’t furloughed ...

Looking forward to a return trip!

PS: “Pro Tip” ... after your hike, go eat burgers at nearby Greenwood Grocery. A true country store with fantastic food and an atmosphere like Luckenbach back before everyone knew where it was.

hiking
17 hours ago

Very little “off the concrete trails”. The pathway that wraps around the lake is all concrete. The wooded area with dirt trails is behind the spillway. It is a decent area, although it’s pretty small. During the warmer weather, definitely use mosquito repellent, as they are horrible in there. Also, there is a ton of poison ivy, so use caution when going through the overgrown, and narrow parts of the trail. I’ve noticed a lot of spray paint graffiti, so there might be teens hanging out. No big deal, but I always like to be aware of who might be around. Especially, in more hidden areas.
White Rock is definitely one of my favorite outdoor places of Dallas. I grew up in Lake Highlands, so it’s been a place I’ve grown up going to. The city has definitely improved the area. Also, the Dallas police are active there. Either in their patrol cars or bikes.
Unfortunately, like in almost every area I hike in dfw, the creeks and woods are full of trash. It’s incredibly frustrating, because I very much believe in Leave No Trace. And, people who litter and don’t clean up after their dogs, are big A Holes in my opinion.

Posted a video of the trail of you want to see what it’s like. https://youtu.be/rvk8_87B7vc

This was an extremely surprising trail. You don’t get a lot from Texas as far as mountains and waterfalls. But here you at least follow a beautiful river for the majority of the trail. There must of been 12 creek crossings several downed trees. And about 8-10 bridge crossings. You are rewarded by a beautiful lake at the end of the trail. In my opinion it was at least 10 miles total. We posted a video on the Tube. If you want to get an idea of what it is like https://youtu.be/rvk8_87B7vc

hiking
19 hours ago

Great climbing, impressive views. The chains are kinda intense to climb down, not as bad climbing up. If you are scared of heights the chains might stop you in your tracks. The trail markers are few and far between easy to wander off trail in some places. There are some sections with high consequences, be safe.

hiking
rocky
20 hours ago

Took this trail in order to watch the El Paso sunrise. First time hiking in the dark. Started at 430 took me an hour to get there do do the fact that it is a little complicated to stay on train in the dark. The app helped a lot. Hiking up during the day is a great and can distinguish the trails easily. I don’t recommenced hiking in the dark but this the only way to get a decent view of the sunrise without having to go to up The Franklins, longer plus parks don’t open until 6 or 8. Recommended for sunrise views, but approach with caution. And prepare yourself with adequate lighting. Also watch out for Lechuguilla agave plant, they will sneak up on you in the dark if you don’t watch where you are going. Got 3 large thorns on my leg. Great trail worth all of that for the amazing morning views.

nice moderate trail with some awesome views

hiking
23 hours ago

The front part of the farm was really nice, but the trail was TRASHY throughout most of it. There were also construction workers working next to part of the trail and some poor looking houses next to the trail. LOTS of mud and some kinda green moss...at least I hope that's all it was...on the trail. If they get it cleaned up I'd recommend it, but otherwise just stick with the part nearest to the road with the buildings. That's the only reason I gave it a 3 instead of a 2. I'd give the trail itself a 2, because it definitely has potential. it's just clear the city or whoever doesn't take care of it, which is REALLY sad.

I expected some nice river views and rock formations with the trail named Limestone ledge. River view OK but nothing else.

My daughter and I rode our bikes on this trail....LOVED IT!!!!

hiking
muddy
washed out
1 day ago

Still pretty washed out from last weeks rain but not impossible. Wear shoes you don’t mind getting muddy and gross and you’ll be fine!

hiking
1 day ago

V crowded. In the middle of the city. Lots of bikers

walking
1 day ago

Great walking trail. Paved walkway and benches along the routes. Clean restroom and trash cans along route.

Nice, wide, well maintained trail. Muddy in spots due to recent rains. Trail winds through primitive camping area.

i thought this was a beautiful easy hike. unfortunately i thought it ended at the barrier that says Trail ends here. found out on my way back that you're supposed to keep going past that to get to the lighthouse. i still enjoyed the beauty but wish it was posted better. beautiful sunny day in Januray, 60 degrees, perfect

I took my 4-year old and my dog hiking on this trail today and we really enjoyed it. The trail is clearly marked with white blazes, so it was very easy to find our way. There were lots of muddy spots on the trail, even some puddles big enough that we (and clearly many others) had to hike off trail to keep from getting shoes soaked through.

We had the place all to ourselves—we didn’t even see any mosquitoes, though given the swampiness of the area I’ll bet they swarm like crazy when it gets above 60 or 70 degrees. It was in the 50s today, so we lucked out. It’s January, so bare tree branches gave us a nice view of the river a lot of the time.

To address a previous poster’s confusion, the bluff lookout is just around the little loop in the road from the trailhead at the north end of the trail near the restroom. So you don’t hike to the bluff, you begin the hike at the lookout.

Run this trail a lot. It's closed to traffic in the morning starting at 0630 so it's a good place to run. The hills are intense and it will give you an intense workout.

An incredible hike! Hiked to the top on 1/15 and it was perfect visibility (we got lucky). All ice and snow had melted and it was even comfortable at the summit. With the government shut down, we parked right outside of the gate, and easily hiked the extra .9 miles in. Round trip it was 6 hours, even with a solid 30 minutes at the top. Definitely worth whatever drive you need to make to get here!

hiking
2 days ago

This hike was very enjoyable. There was a lot of varied foliage, which I found very interesting. We did the hike in late fall, which was perfect with the color changes to some of the trees. We saw a tarantula (almost stepped on it), so be careful. We also saw one of those fire moths? Can’t remember the name, but also supposedly very painful to get stung by. We saw deer all over. The trail was fairly easy to follow, be sure not to walk over the stone barriers that people have made. Devils hall was worth going all the way to the end of the canyon. I also found the wind interesting in this area. The ranger said that the winds and weather can be unpredictable, so be prepared for wind.

Very good for hiking, but not for biking. Spent half the time walking or carrying my bike over the rocks. Also very muddy

on Walnut Creek Trail

hiking
2 days ago

Sunday late morning: beautiful, easy, lots of dogs running around happily in the creek, multiple parking lots

hiking
2 days ago

Turkey creek is always a go to for me, especially my dog! There are a few downed trees in the path now, and quite a bit of slippery spots if wet.. but other than that it's a nice trail. My favorite time to go is after it rains, it makes the experience a little more interesting with the higher water level in the creek. Definitely prepare to get your feet wet, and meet quite a few dogs along the way!
There are no bathrooms, or water fountains! so be sure to bring lots of water and prepare ahead of time.

hiking
2 days ago

Beautiful, well kept trail. Quite a bit of inclines if you take the longer path (outer trail). The waterfall, and creek were both very beautiful! I'd suggest lots of water and supportive shoes.. you'll be sore towards the end!

Great, easy hike, some spots were moderate as in having to go up a short/steep incline. Also it has rained recently and I had to jump a bit of water on the trails. No biggie. It’s very clear that on dry days this would have been an even easier hike. I was just impatient and wanted the challenge.
Would absolutely go back.
One concern is, the trails are not clearly marked. They are there and there is a map but when you’re on them and need to make a move to another trail it’s not clear where you are.

walking
2 days ago

First, the falls are wonderful and totally unexpected as this is in the middle of texas! The air is a bit tropical and humid, the climb down to the viewing area at the end of the trail is rocky and steep. I went in middle of August so it was very hot, humid, and miserable. Seeing the falls and the Colorado river was definitely worth it though.

The trail is mostly barren, minimal shade, and the ground is rocky so it's a little rough on the feet and ankles. Dogs are supposed to be on leash and pet owners are supposed to pick up after them however it didnt seem most people were following the rules.

This trail is difficult simply due to terrain being rocky, steep, and being shade less. It's a great hike with a nice reward at the end... only problem is you have to hike back!

road biking
4 days ago

I rode this trail from the Downtown Denton Transit Center all the way across the Lake Lewisville bridge and back.

There's numerous street crossings (some of which are very busy in terms of automobile traffic) where you have to wait for the crossing light, and even then you have to be careful because there's cars turning that will completely not notice you're there and will run you over if you try to cross while the "Walking" sign is green.

It's also not very scenic, you're basically riding past industrial parks, trailer homes, RV parks, and old run-down neighborhoods.

I would not recommend this trail!

Been taking this trail at sunrise every Monday morning with my dogs. One of my favorites. It is well marked and tons of wild life. Saw a coyote and large cat prints in the dirt as well as deer. There are some muddy spots after a rain but it looks like others have made a path around it. I really enjoy our time here.

Great views, especially if you go past the balanced rock and scramble up the other side. Super easy.

We hiked the entire trail system on 1/13/19 as part of training for a rim to rim Grand Canyon hike in April. We loved the trail as a whole. We were very happy to have some decent hill training so close to Dallas. It’s a little confusing combining all of the zig zaggy shorter loops but for the most part, we loved the experience. It was a perfect 37 degrees when we started. We only encountered a handful of hikers throughout the trail.

We will be back and combine some of the shorter trails for increased mileage.

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