North Shore Trail

Grapevine, Texas 76099

North Shore Trail

North Shore Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This trail gets its name from its location—the north shore of Lake Grapevine—and is a favorite among Dallas/Fort Worth hikers, runners, and cyclists. The trail has lots of rocks and roots and lots of ups and downs, but nothing too steep. Sunny weekends can bring crowded trails as nature lovers come to take in the lake views from the trail’s cliffs.

One of the most popular—if not the most popular—hikes in the region, this trail can sometimes feel loved to death. Conditions are crowded on many weekends. Mountain bikers flock here. You’ll have to share the trail with them for most of the stretches, so be listening for wheels crunching behind you.

The hike starts off at Rockledge Park and winds over cliffside trails overlooking Lake Grapevine. Avoid this trail after a heavy rain, when it’s muddy and sometimes impassable as the lake overtakes its banks."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Best Hikes Near Dallas/Fort Worth (Falcon Guides)
Kathryn Hopper
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"This 5-mile, out-and-back trail gets its name from its location—the north shore of Lake Grapevine—and is a favorite among North Texas hikers, joggers, and cyclists. The trail has lots of rocks and roots, plenty of winding curves, and lots of ups and downs. It may be too steep in places for small children or anyone with mobility issues. The payoff for those who tackle the arduous trek is glorious vistas of the lake. The trail splits in some places, with those heading north taking one track and those heading south taking the other. Hikers should yield to cyclists, a difficult challenge in places where the narrow trail is lined by thorny briars much of the year." Read more
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Dallas/ Fort Worth (Menasha Ridge Press)
Joanie Sanchez
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"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." Read more

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8/20/2009
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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Trail Information

Grapevine
Nearby City
6.1
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
2.5 hours
Duration
March through September
Season
TOPO! Texas CD
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Dec 2018