Best Hikes Near Dallas/Fort Worth  by Kathryn Hopper

Best Hikes Near Dallas/Fort Worth Guide Book

by Kathryn Hopper (Falcon Guides)
Best Hikes Near Dallas/Fort Worth  by Kathryn Hopper
Who says you have to travel far from home to go on a great hike? Here you’ll find forty of the best hikes within an hour’s drive of the Dallas/Fort Worth area—from the remote grasslands of Parkhill Prairie in northeast Collin County to the rocky limestone peaks that ring Dinosaur Valley near Glen Rose. Whether you’re in the mood for an easy nature walk, a day-long hike, or an overnighter, this guide offers plenty to choose from, including: White Rock Lake, Katy Trail, North Shore Trail, Lake Ray Roberts, Fort Worth Nature Center and Trinity Trails.

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Trails from the "Best Hikes Near Dallas/Fort Worth" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 37.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 37.

Popular with families, scout troops, hikers, and geocachers, this paved trail winds uphill through woods and Blackland Prairie culminating in a hilltop view of surrounding Plano before looping back to ...
Dallas, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.3
This short loop through woods, fields, and wetlands is ideal for families with small children. The adjacent nature center features hands-on exhibits, educational programs, and a gift shop. While less ...
Dallas, TX - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 0.7
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This challenging hike to one of the area’s tallest peaks feels like it belongs in the Texas Hill Country and, given its central location in the Dallas/Forth Worth Metroplex, can be surprisingly seclud ...
Dallas, TX - Birding,Hiking - Trail Length: 1.2
Located a dozen or so miles from downtown Dallas, this trail can feel totally remote even on sunny weekends. This rigorous up-and-down hike is a real workout and a challenge to those who say North Tex ...
Dallas, TX - Birding,Hiking - Trail Length: 1.9
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This popular state park combines limestone bluffs and forests of dark green cedars along the shores of Joe Pool Lake. It’s only minutes from downtown Dallas, making it a popular weekend retreat. This ...
Dallas, TX - Birding,Hiking - Trail Length: 1
Located only 10 miles southwest of downtown Dallas, this trail feels worlds away as it winds through the westernmost vestiges of Blackland Prairie on the way to Joe Pool Lake. While it can be diffic ...
Dallas, TX - Birding,Hiking - Trail Length: 1.8
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This 2-mile hike crosses over a spillway area before heading uphill on a rocky, at times steep, trek that leads to a panoramic overlook of the park’s 528 acres, including Cedar Lake on the west fork o ...
Dallas, TX - Birding,Hiking - Trail Length: 2
This flat, wooded trail begins by a small playground and picnic pavilion and winds along a bubbling creek through a riparian forest, wetlands, and lakes. The ponds are home to an impressive variety of ...
Dallas, TX - Hiking,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 1.2
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This 1.3-mile loop on the shores of Lake Lewisville passes by a restored 1870s pioneer cabin and winds by the lake where wood ducks, wading birds, and other waterfowl can be spotted from a camouflaged ...
Dallas, TX - Birding,Hiking - Trail Length: 1.3
This hike crosses over the Paluxy River and through a bottomland forest before winding uphill through stands of scrubby cedars and a panoramic view of Dinosaur Valley State Park, home to some of the b ...
Dallas, TX - Birding,Hiking - Trail Length: 5.2
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The shaded trail winds alongside the brackish Duck Creek and provides an easy escape from the nearby urban neighborhoods of Garland and Mesquite. Its wide, flat-paved surface makes it an easy hike for ...
Dallas, TX - Birding,Hiking - Trail Length: 3.1
This new 400-acre park on the shores of Eagle Mountain Lake offers nearly 7 miles of trails through forests and grassy bluffs overlooking the lake. While there are nearby gas pad sites tapping into ...
Dallas, TX - Birding,Hiking - Trail Length: 5.4
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This challenging 6.5-mile out-and-back trail climbs through shaded canyons and patches of yucca to a panoramic ridgetop view of Lake Worth. The Fort Worth Nature Center’s diverse 3,600 acres include ...
Dallas, TX - Birding,Hiking - Trail Length: 6.5
Hiking with buffalo? The herd here is fenced off, but getting an occasional glimpse of these iconic creatures of the American West adds allure and a photo op to this trail. With more than 3,600 acres ...
Dallas, TX - Birding,Hiking - Trail Length: 1.8
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This comprehensive nature preserve offers a museum and small zoo along with a wide variety of trails through wetlands, prairies, and forests, where educational markers identify plants and encourage co ...
Dallas, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.5
The trail runs along the site formerly occupied by the tracks of the Missouri-Kansas- Texas Railroad, called the Katy for short. The tracks were taken up long ago and the old right-of-way of the railr ...
Dallas, TX - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 4
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The hike heads up and down rocky hills through a shrubby forest and over a couple of knobby bridges before coming to an overlook of a small creek, which is dry if there hasn’t been any recent rain. Th ...
Dallas, TX - Hiking,Mountain Biking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 2.2
This trail is largely for off-road cyclists, but hikers are welcome as long as they give cyclists right-of-way. Located just off TX 114 in Irving, the trail winds through a leafy glade then offers a p ...
Dallas, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.6
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This hike is on a paved street long ago closed to traffic, making it a quiet stroll through a cross-timbers forest of post oaks and cedar elms to a solitary point with a sheltered picnic table and vie ...
Dallas, TX - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 4.7
This 3-mile, out-and-back hike begins in Lake Mineral Wells State Park by the park’s amphitheater and descends downhill on a 5 percent grade past a pasture of longhorn cattle and open prairie. Here, ...
Dallas, TX - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
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