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Northshore Trail Professional Review and Guide
"Nice views from the bluffs overlooking the lake dominate the first half of this popular trail. The second half is less busy because it twists and turns through the hardwood forest just out of view of the lake.If you’re not paying attention, you’re likely to drive past before you realize it’s actually a trail. You will therefore be fairly surprised when you step onto the trail and discover a lovely tree-covered path following a creek. It’s a great choice if you’re looking for a winter hike; the cooler weather will allow you to spend as much time as you want beachcombing the long, sandy lakeshore at its end."
--Joanie Sanchez, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Dallas/ Fort Worth (Menasha Ridge Press).
This was a pretty disappionting trail. I only went two miles before I turned back. The first part of the trail is right behind a neighborhood, so the only view you'll get for about 100 yards is the inside of people's backyards. The scene doesn't get much better as you descend towards the creek. I went in late summer so most of the creek was bone dry and what little water was left was stagnant, and nothing more than breeding grounds for mosquitos. Much of the trail is overgrown with brush and thorns. If you are going to try it wear pants, put on bug repelant and watch out for horse crap; but there are much better trails on Grapevine lake.
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