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Lake Grapevine Horseshoe Trail Professional Review and Guide
"This hike takes advantage of streets closed to traffic to enjoy a wide pathway through a post oak forest and to great views of Lake Grapevine. The trail goes past soccer fields, baseball diamonds, and a picnic pavilion, ending at a lakeside playground, making it a great outing for children.The first part of the hike, about 1.5 miles, is on an old paved park road that’s now open only to foot and bike traffic. Off-road cyclists take to side dirt trails that branch off the main trail. The trail starts from the parking lot off Dove Road and then heads through a grassy opening, passing houses on the right and Little Bear Creek down the hill on the left. The trail then curves right. At the junction with Bronco Lane, the trail follows the cul-de-sac down to the water’s edge for a good view of the lake."
--Kathryn Hopper, Best Easy Day Hikes: Dallas/Fort Worth (Falcon Guides).
I needed to take advantage of a great day, but only had about 2 hours left before the sun would start to set so I headed to this local trail that I had seen from the road but had never explored. The Horseshoe Trail is a system of both paved path and dirt trails that take great advantage of land space that is available between the homes and the Lake Grapevine flood plane.
I started out by following the paved path. The trail is wide and easily accessible to all. It was a great spot for some fast paced walking, right up to the point that the trail was covered by water. Lake Grapevine is currently at flood stage and just past the one mile park on the main trail I ran into the lake, literally.
I tried to take one of the mountain bikes around the water, and just came across more water. So, if Lake Grapevine is flooding know that you will likely have your hike/walk/bike ride cut short.
On the way back I tried to weave my way back on the Mountain Biking trails and once again came across water that was too deep and wide to navigate around. The dirt trail system looks like it is a great place to ride some circuits on a mountain bike.
I will defiantly come back to hike the complete trail, once the water levels are down on the lake.
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