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Biking - Ned and Genie Fritz
Birding - LB Houston
Bridge - Felix Lozada Gateway
Bridge - Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge
Bridge - Margaret McDermott Bridge
Fishing - Fishing Hole Lake
Hiking - Santa Fe Trestle Trail
Paddling - Trinity Forest Trail
Paddling - Dallas Trinity Paddling Trail
Paddling - Dallas Trinity Paddling Boat Launch
Paddling - Fraiser Dam Recreation Area
Park - Spring Trail Park
Park - Luna Vista Gold Course
Park - Bird's Fort Trail
Park - MoneyGram Soccer Park
Park - Eloise Lundi Park
Park - Emma Carter Park
Park - Kessler Parkway Park
Park - McCommas Bluff Preserve
Park - Moore Park
Park - Mountain Creek Preserve
Park - Oak Cliff Founders Park
Park - River Hills Park
Park - South Central Park
Park - Texas Horse Park
Park - Trammell Crow Park
Park - Trinity Overlook Park
Park - Trinity Forest Trail​
Park - Trinity View Park
Park - Will Moore Amphitheatre & Pavilion
Park - William Blair Jr. Park
Spot - Future Site of Harold Simmons Park
Sports/Recreation - Ronald / Kirk
Sports/Recreation - Trinity Forest Golf Club
Trail - AT&T Trail
Trail - Coombs Creek Trail
Trail - Joppa Preserve
Trail - Lower Chain of Wetlands
Trail - Great Trinity Forest Gateway And Horse Trail
Trail - Santa Fe Trestle Trailhead
Trail - Trinity Forest Spine Trail
Trail - Trinity River Audubon Center & Trails
Trail - Trinity Skyline Trail
Trail - Trinity Strand Trail
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Biking

Bike riding is a fantastic way to get outside as a family — with a little planning, you can even include younger kids who aren’t big enough to ride yet.

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Birding

Wildlife can happen no matter where you live. It’s a great way to explore a new place, and get some exercise while you’re at it.

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Paddling

Paddling can happen no matter where you live. It’s a great way to explore a new place, and get some exercise while you’re at it.

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Bridges

Trails can happen no matter where you live. It’s a great way to explore a new place, and get some exercise while you’re at it.

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Playgrounds

Trails can happen no matter where you live. It’s a great way to explore a new place, and get some exercise while you’re at it.

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Texas Buckeye Trail

To hike on the famous Texas Buckeye Trail, travel to the trailhead at Bexar Street. This important mile long trail takes hikers to a large stand of Texas Buckeye trees that bloom white in spring. The natural portion of the trail is well maintained by the North Texas Master Naturalists with interesting turns to the trail and arbors made of branches and other native materials. This portion of the trail ends at a stand of impressive Texas buckeye trees and a nice view of the meandering river.

In addition, there is a new concrete trail to take visitors to an overlook  (approximately one mile) slightly to the west of the Texas buckeye stand. There are large boulders for seating areas along this trail and an impressive canopy of old growth trees plus adequate signage to take hikers to the river.

Keep up with the news on the forest and the Trinity River Corridor Project at our website or sign up for My Trinity River News by dropping a note to us​.​​​​​

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L.B. Houston

The L.B. Houston Park mountain bike trail (10 miles) is within the L.B Houston Greenbelt and the Elm Fork Greenbelt in Northwest Dallas near the Elm Fork of the Trinity River.

This is a beginner to intermediate trail with over 10 miles that is well-marked with markers signifying turns, hills etc. This trail is ideal for both endurance building rides and leisurely rides.

Features
L.B. Houston is 10 miles currently comprised of the following skill areas:

L. B. Houston Nature Trail Head – California Crossing

  • Wilderness Way – Outer Loop
  • River Loop (Wilderness Way)
  • Front Loop
  • Dips Loop
  • Tech Loop
  • Back Loop (Wilderness Way)  Access to Wildwood Trails
  • Pipeline Loop
  • Rail Road Loop
  • Jeep Loop
  • Lake Loop
  • Lil Dips Loop

L. B. Houston Nature Trail Head – Wildwood Road

  • River Trail
  • Beaver Trail
  • Creek Trail
  • Swamp Trail

All trails are mostly in the trees.  A number of areas of the trail come close to the edge of Trinity River, making for a very pleasant environment. This is a multi-use trail so please be considerate of all other trail users.

Trail Steward
Steve Baumgartner, DORBA

Dallas

Felix H. Lozada, Sr. Gateway

The Ronald Kirk Bridge and Felix H. Lozada, Sr. Gateway is a public space unlike any other in Dallas. With an up-close view of the river and its bridges, it offers something for everyone. See their website for a variety of scheduled events for everyone to enjoy.

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Margaret McDermott Bridge

The graceful Margaret McDermott Bridge, designed by renowned engineer and architect Santiago Calatrava, takes commuters and visitors across the Trinity River on one of the busiest and most beautiful bridge crossings in North Texas.

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Santa Fe Tr​​​estle Trail

(Trail head at DART overflow parki​​ng lot.)

The Great Trinity Forest begins at the Santa Fe Trestle Hike and Bike Trail located across the Dallas Floodway near Corinth Street and Eighth Street. The 1.86 mile trail can be accessed from Riverfront Boulevard or on the west side of the levees at Santa Fe Street. 

The concrete trail begins near the DART Rail Station at Eighth Street taking hikers across the floodway past seasonal wetlands, stands of trees, stunning vistas of the floodway, and glimpses of birds that live or migrate through the area. At the Santa Fe Railroad Trestle, most visitors are sure to stop and enjoy beautiful views of the Trinity River, the floodway and the City of Dallas.

The restored Santa Fe Railroad Truss once was a main route for trains crossing the floodway, today it welcomes only pedestrians and bikers. The bridge was originally built in 1879. It was rebuilt a number of times during subsequent years, and the Trinity Project has taken it back to its original splendor. The City worked closely with the Texas Historic Commission to update the bridge for today’s safety and aesthetic standards, while still preserving the majority of its original attributes.

Additions and restoration included:​​​​

  • Powe​rcoat silve​r light poles
  • Exposed galvanized railings
  • Historic concrete on stone abutments
  • Historic black c​olor approved by The Historic Commission
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Trinity Forest Trails​​

Trinity Forest Trails​​

Trinity Forest Trails represent an eight mile loop that will be expaned to ten miles in 2016. The trail system is located in the Great Trinity Forest and it encompasses the AT&T Trail which skirts the Trinity Forest Golf Course (opening 2017).

The trail portion at Little Lemmon and Lemmon Lakes consists of two miles of 12 foot concrete trail adjacent to the road ot the Loop 12 boat launch. This particular segment ends at the City of Dallas’ Ecopark Facility parking lot on Simpson Stuart Road.

Simpson Stuart Area of Trinity Forest Trails

The trail consists of 2.5 miles of concrete trail continuing from the Great Trinity Forest Way section of the trail to Simpson Stuart Road and ending at the Trinity River Audubon Center. With this trail system, a new bridge across the Trinity River is installed and native plants and trees will be reintroduced along the trail system.

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Dallas Trinity Paddling Trail

This 10.2 mile trail combines a 3.7-mile stretch from the put-in to the Dallas Wave along a channelized portion of the river with a great view of downtown Dallas with a 6.5-mile stretch along the natural wood-lined meandering river from the Dallas Wave to Loop 12.

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Dallas Trinity Paddling Trail Boat Launch

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Fraiser Dam Recreation Area

This unique urban forest is a 116-acre green space on the Elm Fork of the Trinity River. Groundwork Dallas has transformed this area from a favorite spot for illegal dumping to the site of a public recreation area featuring trails and canoe/kayak access to the Elm Fork.

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Spring Trail Park

Spring Trail Park is located along the Campión Trail, and features equestrian trails, a river overlook and restrooms.

Features

  1. Concrete Unlighted Surface Trail
  2. Equestrian Trails
  3. Parking
  4. Portable Restroom
  5. River Overlook
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Luna Vista Golf Course

The Luna Vista Golf Course is for golfers of any skill level to play. It will challenge you while providing a relaxing, picturesque backdrop and testing your accuracy with our fairways, water hazards and sand traps.

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Bird's Fort Trail Park

This 58 acre park features picnic tables, a large pavilion, a river overlook, and a trailhead for the Campión Trial, with a dedication marker and gateway monument for that trail. Restrooms and water are available.

Features

  1. 57.99 Acres
  2. Campion Trails Dedication Marker
  3. Campion Trails Gateway Monument
  4. Canoe Launch
  5. Concrete Unlighted Surface Trail
  6. Eight Tables
  7. Lake or Stream
  8. Large Pavilion
  9. Parking
  10. Picnic Areas
  11. Portable Restroom
  12. River Overlook
  13. Shelter or Building
  14. Trails
  15. Two River Overlook Shelters
  16. Water
To protect new settlements in the Republic of Texas, General Edward Tarrant, the namesake for Tarrant County, commissioned Major Jonathan Bird to construct a fort near Caddo Village on the West Fork of the Trinity River. The location of the new Fort Bird would be on Caloway Lake, a now privately owned lake in today’s Arlington, Texas.

Upon completion of the new fort, Major Bird and his crew of 36 volunteers blazed a wagon trail back to the old Fort Inglish, creating the Bird’s Fort Trail. Fort Bird became the first official settlement in today’s Tarrant County.

General Sam Houston, president of the Republic of Texas, traveled the Bird’s Fort Trail in the summer of 1843 to Grape Vine Spring. There his officers negotiated the Treaty of Peace and Friendship with 10 Native American nations.

Now, Bird’s Fort Trail Park has a variety of features including Trinity River overlook, trail, shelters and a canoe launch. The Trinity Coalition provides an interactive paddling trail map which includes directions, water level updates and potential hazards at the Bird’s Fort Trial Park canoe launch.
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MoneyGram Soccer Park

MoneyGram Soccer Park is located west of IH-35E on Walnut Hill Lane. The soccer park features nineteen athletic fields (fourteen full-size fields and five junior fields), walkways, picnic areas, and a large pavilion, all part of a 120-acre complex.

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Eloise Lundy Park

Eloise Lundy is a 3.3 acre community park, established in 1915.

Features

  1. Grill
  2. Outdoor Basketball Court
  3. Parking
  4. Picnic Tables
  5. Playground
  6. Recreation Center
  7. Softball Field
  8. Tennis Court
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Emma Carter Park

Emma Carter Park is a 6.3 acre neighborhood park, established in 1977 and featuring a playground, outdoor basketball court, picnic tables, and grills.

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Kessler Parkway Park

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McCommas Bluff Preserve

This 111-acre wooded preserve lies along a winding segment of the Trinity River in the southeastern portion of Dallas. The river in this area has numerous serpentine bends, and over the years, it has undercut its chalk banks and has created a small-scale canyon.

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Moore Park

Moore Park is 24.6 acre community park, established in 1938, featuring a baseball field, basketball court, picnic tables and pavilion, playground, soccer field, tennis courts and trails.

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Mountain Creek Preserve

Mountain Creek Preserve is a 62.9 acre recreation area located on the West Fork of the Trinity River with trails accommodating walking, running, biking, and equestrian activities, a canoe launch, a cricket pitch, basketball court, playgrounds, and more.

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Oak Cliff Founders Park

Oak Cliff Founders is a 16.1 acre neighborhood park, established in 1938 and features a disc golf course, trails, picnic tables and a pavilion.

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River Hills Park

This park is located on the Elm Fork of the Trinity River and is the beginning of the southern section of the Campión Trail. To access this park by car, park at Trinity View Park and walk north on the Campión Trail.

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South Central Park

South Central is a 3.1 acre neighborhood park in Joppa, established in 1960. The park includes picnic tables, a playground, outdoor basketball court, and is well shaded with trees.

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Texas Horse Park

At Texas Horse Park, people of all ages can enjoy a break from city life as well as a rare glimpse into the early days of Texas ranching and farming along the Trinity River. Located on 302 acres, deep in the heart of the Great Trinity Forest.

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Trammell Crow Park

Trammell Crow Park is located near the Sylvan Avenue Bridge and offers parking, soccer fields, Crow Lake, Trinity Skyline Trail and Trinity Levee Top Loop Trail (6.2 miles), stone cow sculptures, a boat launch with trailer parking, and beautiful views of downtown Dallas.

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Trinity Overlook

Trinity Overlook Park serves as a neighborhood “pocket park” with great views of downtown Dallas and the Margaret McDermott Bridge. Also adjacent to business districts, it’s great for hiking, biking, picnics, photography, and casual family outings.

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Trinity Forest Trail

Trinity Forest Trails represents a ten-mile loop within the Great Trinity Forest. It encompasses the AT&T Trail which skirts the Trinity Forest Golf Course. The trail portion at Little Lemmon and Lemmon Lakes consists of two miles of 12-foot concrete trail adjacent to the road to the Loop 12 boat launch.

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Trinity View Park

This 160 acre park includes: Drinking Fountains, 3 Football Fields, 4 Picnic Shelters, Grills, 65 Benches, 3 Playgrounds, 4 Restrooms, 12 Baseball Fields, 11 Soccer Fields, and 4 Adult Softball Fields.