Windmill Hill Preserve Trail

Duncanville, Texas

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This shady trail loops through a small, heavily wooded preserve, making it an excellent spot for hiking on a hot, sunny day. Though not especially scenic, the trail is appealing to those who enjoy exploring because the myriad junctions allow you to digress with little risk of becoming too lost. The trail I’ve mapped out is a rough loop around the preserve and has lots of small ups and downs through hilly terrain, providing a nice workout. If you miss a turn (highly possible with so many trails branching out), don’t be overly concerned—explore as you like, and you’ll eventually find yourself back at the bridge, which is a good reference point. There are two main entrances from the parking lot. Take the trailhead on the right (the one on the left is where you’ll come out at the trail’s end). Immediately, you’ll be on a somewhat rocky trail. The scenery for most of this hike is what you see here—dense woods that shade much of the trail. The ruggedness here appeals to mountain bikers, who maintain the trail. On my hike, however, I did not see a single biker, just a couple of hikers whose dogs were thoroughly enjoying the workout.

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"This shady trail loops through a small, heavily wooded preserve, making it an excellent spot for hiking on a hot, sunny day. Though not especially scenic, the trail is appealing to those who enjoy exploring because the myriad junctions allow you to digress with little risk of becoming too lost.

The trail I’ve mapped out is a rough loop around the preserve and has lots of small ups and downs through hilly terrain, providing a nice workout. If you miss a turn (highly possible with so many trails branching out), don’t be overly concerned—explore as you like, and you’ll eventually find yourself back at the bridge, which is a good reference point.

There are two main entrances from the parking lot. Take the trailhead on the right (the one on the left is where you’ll come out at the trail’s end). Immediately, you’ll be on a somewhat rocky trail. The scenery for most of this hike is what you see here—dense woods that shade much of the trail. The ruggedness here appeals to mountain bikers, who maintain the trail. On my hike, however, I did not see a single biker, just a couple of hikers whose dogs were thoroughly enjoying the workout."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Duncanville
Distance: 1.8
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 50 minutes
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Windmill Hill Nature Preserve
Driving Directions: Directions to Windmill Hill Preserve Trail

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May 2018