Don’t let North Texas’ seemingly flat landscape fool you. When the weather is right, there’s nothing better than getting outside and connected to nature than hitting the trails. There are several family-friendly options throughout the area that are accessible to all levels, so lace up your hiking shoes and get moving with our picks for the best hiking trails and parks in DFW.
An urban oasis along the Trinity River, this beautiful public park has something for everyone. Before exploring Arlington’s eight miles of paved hiking trails or the 10-mile mountain bike trail, you’ll want to stop by the 12,000-acre River Legacy Living Science Center to take advantage of the educational opportunities and ongoing programming such as animal explorations and guided tours.
From there, you can bike, hike or rollerblade, passing through the fields of Texas bluebonnets, river overlooks, playscapes and picnic areas. Visit the River Legacy Park website for hours and more information.
You’ll get a taste of Texas Hill Country at Cedar Ridge Preserve, just twenty minutes from downtown Dallas. At an elevation of 755 feet, you can discover nine miles of trails throughout 600 acres of natural habitat for native flora and fauna at Cedar Ridge Preserve. Visit the education center and learn about the local wildlife while exploring the butterfly garden. The Preserve is open to the public and requests a $3 minimum donation.
Dedicated to preserve, protect and restore degraded ecosystems, Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELA) provides visitors tons of educational and recreational activities. With over seven miles of trails, LLELA is a great place to seek out your inner wild side in Lewisville.
A variety of trails expanding over seven miles long can take you through walks in the woods, prairies, marshes and wetlands. Be sure to plan ahead and take advantage of their monthly activities such as nature walks and family campfires. LLELA is open seven days a week. Admission per vehicle is $5 (cash or check only).
With 20+ miles of winding trails, the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge offers extensive routes where you can march through forests, prairies and wetlands. This beautiful Fort Worth wildlife sanctuary features a robust event schedule, so visit their online event calendar or stop by the Hardwicke Interpretive Visitor Center before your hike for more information.
Check their website for seasonal hours. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children.
Along the shores of Lake Grapevine, you can meander through a variety of trails ranging from one to nine-miles long. This 8,000 acre area in Grapevine is a haven for cycling, fishing, boating and camping throughout the year. Walk along the trails offering gorgeous lake views or take the trail to downtown Grapevine for more of an urban hike. Grapevine Lake trails are free and open to the public.
Featured Image: Courtesy River Legacy Foundation