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7 Best Hikes in North Texas

North Texas may not be known for its hiking trails, but there are a number of scenic trails found in the Dallas area. Dallas is not only one of the biggest and exciting cities in Texas, but the city is surrounded by nature preserves home to top-notch hiking spots. No matter if you’re looking for a paved, urban walk or a dirt trail leading to incredible views, there is a hike on this list perfect for all skill levels. Get outdoors this summer by doing these best hikes in north Texas.

Cedar Ridge Preserve, Dallas Cedar Ridge Preserve
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Cedar Ridge Preserve, Dallas

There are a number of great hiking trails found in Cedar Ridge Preserve in Dallas. There are nine miles of trails that traverse through the 600-acre preserve. No matter if you’re looking for an easy walk perfect for kids or a more strenuous uphill hike, you’re sure to find a trail for you at Cedar Ridge Preserve. The Cattail Pond Trail and Escarpment Trail are perfect for hikers wanting great views and an uphill hike. However, trails like the Prairie Trail and Little Bluestern offer easy yet enjoyable hikes. Cedar Ridge Preserve is also home to an education center, where you can learn about local flora and fauna.

Cedar Hill State Park, Cedar Hill Cedar Hill State Park
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Cedar Hill State Park, Cedar Hill

There is plenty to do at Cedar Hill State Park, located southwest of Dallas in Cedar Hill. Home to Joe Pool Lake, the 1,826-acre preserve surrounds this popular body of water. Complete with hiking trails, camp spots, and biking trails and opportunities to fish and boat, this state park is a popular spot among outdoor lovers. Four trails are found in the park, and one is shared with mountain bikers. If you are looking for more trails in the Cedar Hill area, consider also visiting Dogwood Canyon.

Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge, Fort Worth Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge
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Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge, Fort Worth

Find 20 miles of hiking trails at the Fort Worth Nature Center. This Fort Worth attraction is 3,600 acres and attracts visitors year-round. Take the Canyon Ridge Trail if you’re hoping to gain some views. Or experience the beauty of the grasslands along the Oak Motte Trail. This nature center is also home to a couple paved nature trails that are ADA accessible.

Oak Cliff Nature Preserve, Dallas Oak Cliff Nature Preserve
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Oak Cliff Nature Preserve, Dallas

Found in Dallas, Oak Cliff Nature Preserve offers eight miles of hiking trails here. The hilly and woody area is the perfect place to explore and escape city life. The Oak Cliff Nature Trail is a loop trail spanning approximately seven miles. Along this trail, expect to view wooded areas, grassy fields and wildflower during the spring.

River Legacy Parks Trail, Arlington River Legacy Park
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River Legacy Parks Trail, Arlington

River Legacy Parks Trail is an urban park found along the Trinity River in Arlington. This trail may not be in the most secluded spot, but it is still a popular walking area in North Texas. With eight paved walking trails, River Legacy Parks provides an outdoor oasis. Walk, bike or even rollerblade the trails here. This trail also passes along wildflower fields, playgrounds and picnic areas. You won’t experience rugged wilderness here, but it will surely leave you feeling refreshed.

Lake Grapevine Lake Grapevine
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Lake Grapevine

Head to Lake Grapevine for a great hike. The lake actually draws anglers, boaters and campers, however, the trails around here are worth a visit too. The North Shore Trail, although popular among mountain bikers, makes for a great hike. The trails near Lake Grapevine offer great views of the lake as well as the nearby town of Grapevine.

Lewisville Lake Lewisville Lake
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Lewisville Lake

Lewisville Lake is another north Texas lake that offers hiking opportunities around its shores. There are seven miles of trails around the area of Lewisville Lake. The trails here are relatively easy but offer great opportunities to view wildlife, making them popular among birdwatchers. Near the lake is the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, which is worth a visit if you’re hiking with little ones.

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