The idea of going on a hike can seem intimidating. But if you choose the right trail, hiking is just…walking. Imagine being surrounded by nature, cool weather, and great conversation. That’s right – great conversation! Invite a good friend or go with your family. You’ll have a good hour of uninterrupted time to talk and catch up. It’s also a nice way to clear your mind and step away from electronics or screens.
Here are some beautiful options for you to explore:
Cedar Ridge Nature Preserve
Audubon Dallas, the local chapter of the National Audubon Society, is a volunteer-based, nonprofit environmental organization. Our mission is to support and promote the conservation of birds and other wildlife, the protection of habitat and biodiversity, and the provision of education and opportunities for our entire community to observe and appreciate nature.
Lake Grapevine Trails
Located on the north side of Lake Grapevine, North Shore Trail is one of the best hiking trails in the area. The trail starts at Rockledge Park on the north side of the Lake Grapevine dam. The trail runs for 9.5 miles from Rockledge Park up to Twin Coves Park on the north / west end of the lake. The trail often offers up wonderful views of Lake Grapevine by taking you right up the shore at times.
Hiking in Grand Prairie
If you are looking for an outdoor place to run, walk, skate, or ride that is away from automobile traffic, then check out the Grand Prairie Linear Parks and trails. You will find a fun, safe environment where you can exercise and get fresh air.
River Trail, Highlander, Hale-Bopp, Bat Cave, Drain Pipe, Acts of Faith, Sidewinder, California 56 is a 5.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Waco, Texas that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
Twin Bridges River Trail (easy)
Johnnie, Twin Bridges River Trail Short Loop is a 0.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Waco, Texas that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until September.
Cameron Park features a network of bi-directional, individual trail segments with approximately 20 miles of trail. You can enter the network from almost any parking area in the park. Cameron Park is a designated National Recreation Trail.
The trails are well-marked, with over 150 directional signs that designate the trail names and level of difficulty. You’ll find trails from beginner (green) to expert-level (double-black). Map kiosks are located throughout the park, so it’s hard to get completely lost, though it is easy to get turned around.
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