Northshore Trail

Flower Mound, Texas 75028

Northshore Trail

Northshore Trail Professional Review and Guide

"This is Mecca, the trail people think of when they talk about north Texas. Most folks just call it Lake Grapevine, but there are two other nice trails on Grapevine Lake. Still, this is the only trail some local riders have ever seen. This place has just about everything. The eastern area, from the dam to Little Pete’s, is sandy and loose in most places.

There are a few easy sections along the lake where you might think the riding is easy. There are some climbs, and there’s even a mile or so of pavement you have to use, which created the popular conception that this is the easy end. Only short stretches of the “easy side” could in a pinch be considered beginner level. Parts of the “easy side” are butt-crunchers; not as extreme as you can find here, but enough to make most people breathe hard. And some cry like a little girl. Waaah. The western parts, from Little Pete’s over to Twin Coves Park, are pretty darn serious. Soft sand, ankle-deep and powdery, mixed in with rock gardens of exposed sandstone."

Northshore Trail Reviews

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1/23/2011
FUN FUN FUN!!! Technical side has some excellent challenges and there are even a couple on the easier side. Great downhill and uphill rock sections. Overall just a great ride!
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6/5/2010
I think this is one of the best public mountainbike trails ran by the State Parks system. Single track along the lake. It is maintained and updated regularly by DORBA who builds some of the best mountainbike trails. ONE OF MY FAVORITES FOR OVER 20 YEARS. It does get a little crowed on the weekends, but then it's single track at its best "ON YOUR LEFT, RIDER UP, & TWO BACK" are important words to use.
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1/24/2010
Didnt ride, just hiking, but is is a beauty, hope to be riding next wwekend. Directios werent clear enought, but with this link you should be able to get there: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&q=32.982819,-97.067986+(Tony+Dr,+Grapevine,+TX+75022,+USA+mtb+north+shore)&ie=UTF8&ll=32.982852,-97.066349&spn=0.004608,0.008041&t=h&z=18
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1/18/2010
This is a fantastic trail. What beautiful scenery. I think it suits both hiking and biking folks. Everyone is friendly. I am doing it again this weekend.
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7/1/2009
I live near the trail so I ride it all the time. Out of town/state friends are always impressed by trail. The crowding will hopefully ease a bit as they are creating loops instead of out and back. All of the new trails are excellent. Thanks to all those doing the hard work.
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5/3/2009
I thought this was a pretty cool trail. We went in the evening and only saw one other rider on the trail. (they now close the gate at 7pm and charge a $5 fee btw). This trail doesn't seem to belong in texas. The rocky sections were a lot of fun and it was a great alternative to the flat dirt trails where your only obstacles are tree roots. This has got to be one of the best trails in texas.
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8/12/2008
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5/17/2008
The best trail in DFW - highly recommend going. Wear a helmet.
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11/17/2007
The trail itself was fun. I just have the same complaint as many of the other reviews. It is just too busy on the weekends. I couldn't maintain a decent pace due to all the traffic. I was either getting run over or stuck behind someone that was barely moving.
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12/9/2006
This is as good as mountain bike trails get in Texas. Beautiful, epic, technical, challenging. It is an out and back trail that follows the edge of Lake Grapevine. The distance of the trail itself is enough to give you a good workout but the technical nature of the terrain is what will really test you mentally and physically. There are only a few very short sections that could be considered easy; most of the trail is constant climbs and descents over VERY rocky ground. You do not need to go fast at all to feel challenged. It can be a dangerous place whether you are experienced or not, so be careful and at the very least bring a cell phone so you can call for help if you get hurt. Of course this is personal preference, but wearing protective gear on your arms and legs would not be a bad idea. Last weekend I went there with a friend and although we were not riding terribly fast, we both got pretty banged up. I came home with a hairline fracture on my tibia and my friend had a pretty serious concussion due to slamming his head on a rock. If you use caution you will have an awesome time. This is the place to really see what you and your bike can do.
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Trail Information

Flower Mound
Nearby City
18
Distance
60 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Technical Difficulty
Easy to Difficult
Physical Difficulty
Year-round, except after rain
Season
550 feet
Trailhead Elevation
600 feet
Top Elevation
US Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District, Grapevine Lake
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Jul 2018