60 Hikes within 60 Miles Dallas/ Fort Worth  by Joanie Sanchez

60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Dallas/ Fort Worth Guide Book

by Joanie Sanchez (Menasha Ridge Press)
60 Hikes within 60 Miles Dallas/ Fort Worth  by Joanie Sanchez
Using clear and entertaining narrative, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Dallas–Fort Worth introduces newcomers and lifelong residents alike to a surprising array of the best day hikes within a 60-mile radius of these fascinating cities. Discover ancient dinosaur tracks as you hike along the Paluxy River at Dinosaur Valley State Park, then cool o with a quick dip in the clear waters of the Blue Hole. Explore the Great Trinity Forest on the trails of the Trinity River Audubon Center, where you can also observe the interactive exhibits. A er you stretch your legs on the Canyon Ridge Trail at the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, head over to the Bison Range and Prairie Dog Town for an upclose look at the local inhabitants.

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Trails from the "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Dallas/ Fort Worth" Guide Book
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Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 60.

Popular with young families, this trail winds its way slowly uphill, moving from wetland to prairie to forest before looping back to the beginning. On any sunny weekend, you’ll find the trails bustling with families. In West Plano, the 200-acre Arbor Hills Nature Preserve is laid out in three sections: Blackland Prairie, Upland Forest, and Riparian Forest. On any given weekend you'll find the parking lot busy. Most visitors-young parents strapping their kids into strollers and your professionals leashing their dogs-are regulars who live in the area, already have their favorite routes in mind, and disappear down the trail within seconds.
Hebron, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.3
This hike winds around the perimeter of a small lake in the heart of Dallas that is popular with joggers and others. The setting is open— mowed grass is interspersed with trees, making this a very sunny trail. Without doubt you’ll spot at least a few ducks and possibly egrets or herons wading to the lake edge.
University Park, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.23
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Grassy meadows and sunny fields take center stage on this flat hike along Bardwell Lake. The second half of the trail loops back through wooded thickets. More than 13 miles of trails offer unlimited options for those seeking a longer hike. Trail etiquette gives equestrians the right-of-way. In addition to the hiking trails, the park also offers boating, picnicking, and camping.
Bardwell, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.34
Leave your plant-identification guidebook at home on this scenic trail along Bear Creek, which winds through an undeveloped corridor linking three city parks. Plant markers, a birdwatching area, and well-maintained park areas make this an enjoyable year-round hike.
Minters Chapel, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.88
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This trail runs along a grassy strip atop the Benbrook Dam and ends at the dam’s spillway. Appealing for its unobstructed views of the lake and surrounding area, the flat, straight path is ideal for walkers and joggers.
Benbrook Lake, TX - Birding,Hiking - Trail Length: 3.1
This hike along the lake’s edge yields scenic views and sections of wooded trail with plenty of opportunities to spot local wildlife. Bring your lunch to a tucked-away cove at the water’s edge.
Benbrook Lake, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
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This long day hike explores the wild, grassy woodlands between the small Black Creek and Cottonwood lakes of the LBJ National Grasslands. Although the bulk of the trail is open woodland, you will pass through many small pockets of sunny grassland as you make your way north. There is no water at either recreation area. Pack a lunch, plenty of water, and insect repellent.
Lyndon B Johnson National Grassland, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 9.58
A fun hike that twists and turns haphazardly through dense, shaded woodland. Many junctions provide ample opportunities for exploring, and color-coded trails prevent you from getting too lost. You will be pleasantly surprised with a well maintained and clearly labeled trail network. Even better, the trail is quite pretty—offering a few deeply wooded sections that are especially lovely in the springtime, when everything is green. The park was purchased in 1967 by the city of Dallas and is located near Red Bird Airport, north of Duncanville. It’s maintained by DORBA—the Dallas Off Road Bicycle Association—which has built about 6 miles of trails through its woodlands.
Duncanville, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.26
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This scenic trail winds through a beautiful city park and offers excellent birding, a picturesque lake, and innumerable scenic spots where you can stop and enjoy a picnic lunch. This trail offers something new at every turn, has tons of wildlife, and offers surprisingly scenic paths. The trails are meticulously maintained and landscaped to preserve a wild and natural feel.
Murphy, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.27
In North Irving, this pleasant trail affords easy access to river views as it follows lazily alongside the Trinity River. A packed-dirt trail and wide, paved path attract hikers, dog walkers, joggers, bikers, and skaters. Keep an eye out for a state-record elm tree on the return leg of your hike.
Irving, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
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This pleasant hike winds along an interpretive trail where markers help you identify native plants and grasses then loops around a small pond. A couple of overlooks along the trail provide peaceful spots to enjoy the scenery.
Cedar Hill, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.23
This pleasant trail winds slowly uphill through a dense woodland. It’s a nice hike for kids just getting interested in hiking, because the size and terrain are easy to manage, but it’s still wild and secluded enough to feel like an accomplishment.
Cedar Hill, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.2
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This rigorous hike takes you through varied terrain on some of the most enjoyable trails in the area. Hike up a modest hill, trek down a fossil trail, traverse a pond enclosed by hundreds of cattails, and meander down excellent bird-watching footpaths.
Duncanville, TX - Birding,Hiking - Trail Length: 3.25
Hike through the woods to an overlook with a view of the wetlands, where a camouflaged blind allows for bird-watching. The trail’s highlight is a restored pioneer cabin from the 1850s, complete with period furnishings.
Garza Little Elm Reservoir, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.7
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This rocky trail loops through the woods of the park’s outer perimeter, offering a few steep sections that will raise your heart rate. Its highlight is an overlook with a view of an elaborate masonry spillway adjacent to the park’s small Cedar Lake.
Bono, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.86
This hike starts on a paved trail through the woods, then heads off onto a dirt path that winds around some picturesque ponds, where you’ll find ducks, geese, and folks fishing.
Colleyville, TX - Hiking,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 1.38
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This peaceful trail winds alongside a creek toward a tall pecan grove. Interpretive signs along the way identify the flora, and a pretty bridge at the far end crosses the creek to take you back to the beginning.
Wilmer, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.17
This hike gains a little altitude to offer excellent overlooks of the park, then winds down to the riverbed, where you trek along millionyearold fossilized dinosaur tracks.
Somervell County, TX - Birding,Hiking - Trail Length: 4.31
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This urban hike beneath the glistening skyscrapers of the Big D combines the walking routes suggested by the city’s visitor center into a loop of some of the best points in the downtown jungle. Though you won’t see traditional nature sights along the hike, you will be impressed as you trek past urbanized versions, including a herd of cattle stampeding over a brook, a multilevel waterfall, a sculpture garden, and an infamous grassy knoll. The low rumble of cars driving by on the nearby roadway is only slightly distracting, and as you walk farther along the path, the cheery chirping of birds flitting through the trees will turn your attention away from the sounds of urban life. The woods brush the trail, blessing it with partial shade for most of the hike. They also provide an ideal haven for vines, which climb the trunks and hang loosely from the branches of some of the trees.
Dallas, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.08
Winding through a greenbelt alongside the murky green waters of Duck Creek, this trail is a great hike for bird-watchers.
Rowlett, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.95
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