Monday, March 7, 2011

Fort Worth's Trinity Trail an excellent urban trail

I hadn't heard much about the Trinity Trail in Fort Worth, Texas. In fact, I had a difficult time finding information about it on the web.

But what the heck, I was going to be in Dallas to watch my daughter in a cheerleading competition, so I figured I would find a couple good trails.

On my first day, I rode the Lake Mineral Wells State Trailway, but I'll tell you more about that in another entry.

On my second day in Texas, I drove out to Gateway Park, east of Fort Worth and prepared for a Texas trail ride. I had no idea what to expect. Some urban trail can be a bit confusing and occasionally even depressing.

This definitely wasn't one of those trails. In fact, I would rank the entire Trinity River Trail System as some of the best urban trails in America.

Even though the trail runs right into a major park and very near a major business area in Fort Worth, it seems more dominated by riparian/river views than by city views. And the portion of Fort Worth where the trail runs is actually quite beautiful and very well maintained.

I was fortunate to be riding the trail on an ideal winter day, but I would imagine it can get pretty hot in the summer. As if to punctuate this point, there are misting stations at a couple spots along the trail. That was a first for me. I mean I've seen misting stations at amusement parks before, but never beside a trail.

One of my favorite portions of the trail was the part where it ran through Trinity Park. It was very scenic with lots of trailside distractions. Other nice parts of the trail included the river crossings, bridge underpasses, city views, and access to downtown Fort Worth.

If you're ever in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, take some time to explore the Trinity River Trails. You'll be glad you did.

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3 comments:

JohnfromVa said...

thanks for nice site and info... saw this in times.. FYI..
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/08/nyregion/08bike.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha29

trailsnet said...

That's a great article, John. It's sad to see that there are people out there who are so opposed to biking and bike paths.
I'm sure they have their reasons, but I can't imagine why somebody would be against saving the environment, saving energy, getting in shape, and having fun while doing all that.
For some reason, I'm picturing the Grinch right now. I always what he did after Christmas was over. Now I know.
For all the rest of us Whos in and out of Whoville, keep on biking and keep on promoting bike paths.

trailsnet said...

That's a great article, John. It's sad to see that there are people out there who are so opposed to biking and bike paths.
I'm sure they have their reasons, but I can't imagine why somebody would be against saving the environment, saving energy, getting in shape, and having fun while doing all that.
For some reason, I'm picturing the Grinch right now. I always what he did after Christmas was over. Now I know.
For all the rest of us Whos in and out of Whoville, keep on biking and keep on promoting bike paths.