With over 200 days of sunshine a year, Fort Worth is the perfect place to stay active and explore the great outdoors year-round. When the weather abides, one of my favorite ways to get out and get moving is hopping on the Trinity Trails.
What makes the trails so wonderful is their ease of accessibility to all levels of fitness goers. I am by no means a huge cyclist or avid runner, but you can find me walking or riding my beach cruiser right alongside them. Whether you prefer to walk, run, bike ride or even horseback, you can explore more than 40 miles of trails winding along the Trinity River.
THE TRAILHEAD AT CLEARFORK
The trails span all throughout the city, so check out this map and pick a trailhead that most interests you as a starting point. As a Fort Worthian for over a decade, it’s been fascinating to watch the trails evolve. New developments like the Trailhead at Clearfork are popping up along the river to encourage healthy lifestyles and easy trail access. Just a few miles west of downtown, the Trailhead at Clearfork is a great place to start or end your Trinity Trails experience. It’s a haven for families, foodies and all-around outdoor lovers.
The best time to visit the Trailhead at Clearfork is on Saturday mornings when you can enjoy a wide variety of free exercise classes and start the weekend off right. Depending on my mood, I’ll mix it up each week, choosing between yoga, boot camp, Pilates and more. It’s always fun to see the kids’ yoga classes and “Mommy and me” boot camp sessions, so you can definitely plan to bring the family for a full day of fun. Here’s the weekly event schedule.
CLEARFORK FARMERS MARKET
After your workout, stroll through the Clearfork Farmers Market featuring produce and products from local farmers, growers, ranchers and artisans. This is where you can experience true Texas hospitality. Friendly vendors encourage tasting and welcome you to their booth with smiles. While some accept credit cards, be sure to bring cash. On my first visit, I forgot my wallet as I had just planned on going to one of the free workout classes; however, the fresh smells and beautiful produce drew me to the market. One farmer was kind enough to give me the honeydew I was eyeing, only if I promised to come back the next week. Let’s just say I haven’t missed a week since, and am always a fan of paying it forward to support locals.
Open on Saturday mornings, the Clearfork Farmer’s Market is ideal for a post-workout treat such as fresh-squeezed lemonade or cold brew coffee. You might even find the perfect souvenir like local honey or jam to take home and enjoy. Just keep in mind the hours change seasonally.
HIT THE TRAILS
The main attraction here is of course, the Trinity Trails. Walk, run or rent a bike from the Fort Worth Bike Sharing station right next to the Trailhead and see Fort Worth by bike. You can purchase a 24-hour membership for $8 and with 45 stations across the city, it makes it easy to get around and enjoy different areas. I recommend following the trails toward downtown, where you can wind up near the Fort Worth Zoo or Trinity Park. Along the way, there are some fun places to stop for a drink or a bite like Woodshed Smokehouse or Clearfork Food Park before turning around and heading back to the Trailhead.
Now that you’ve worked up an appetite, sit down to enjoy a healthy and delicious meal at Press Cafe, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s my favorite place to catch up with friends on the weekend, and the patio is perfect for watching the runners and cyclists pass by. Try the ancient grain rice bowl or sandwich of the day. Press Café has something for everyone, and you can taste the freshness in every bite.
While this particular trailhead is one of my favorites for all of its offerings, the beauty of the Trinity Trails is that there are so many unique areas to explore and they’re all connected! Don’t forget this handy Fort Worth Trinity Trails map to discover the other trailheads and unique parks throughout the city. Happy Trails!
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