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Fort Worth Nature Center: Prairie Trail Professional Review and Guide
"Children especially will love this flat trail that winds alongside a buffalo range and Prairie Dog Town, then through a wide prairie that offers excellent wildlife viewing."
--Joanie Sanchez, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Dallas/ Fort Worth (Menasha Ridge Press).
Nothing on this trail for the hiker other than a long walk to nothing. The trail is not worth the time, effort or danger. This trails characteristics combine for the worst of everything. For the novice or beginner it is too isolated from anywhere for help to reach you once you get started. For the experienced hiker you will find the trail much too close to civilization. This trail has 2 good points; it’s well maintained and easy. However, the trail is narrow and isolated from road bound lateral assistance. This leads to the bad points, and they are numerous; 1 – mountain bikes, the trail is NARROW, hike at you own risk. You will get run over; 2 – there is NOTHING to see on this trail. The trail winds through a low land flood plain with THICK vegetation. In the summer the insects will eat you alive. Spend your time better and go somewhere else; 3 – The bench at the turn around offers the only view on the hike and not much of a view at that; 4 – hikers will never escape the sound of planes, trains and automobiles. Hikers are too close for real natural solitude and too remote for help to get to you. 5 – it is too remote for any aid to reach you except by either being carried out or a chopper with a jungle penetrater to extract you. The only place for help to come get you is at the turn around point. Here a skilled MEDEVAC pilot might set his/her chopper down because this is the only place along the trail with enough clearing. Other than a chopper to extract you count on walking out or wait for help from the trail head to come and find you. Last of all, trash, trash and more trash all along most of the trail.
The Knob Hill trail is a narrow well traveled trail. The trail enjoys an excessive number of mountain bikers. For hikers, it offers a mix of terrain that is easy for the most part and moderate in some places. Few views of interest and little or no wildlife make this a less interesting trail. We rate this trail one star because it is a city trail versus a trail which lends itself to a remote outdoor experience. Be very aware of the mountain bikers around you at all times. Caution and safety are paramount on this trail.
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