The mild North Texas winter went out with a bang, but its officially gone as today marks the first day of Spring. As the bluebonnets start to sprout and the dogwoods bloom, this is the perfect time of year to get out and enjoy some of the region’s hiking and mountain bike trails. And, according to the latest North Texas Profile, there is no shortage of outside activity opportunities here. For example, did you know …
- There are 23 state parks within 100 miles of North Texas
- More than 1,700 miles of off-street trails for cyclists and pedestrians
- North Texas has 60 lakes and reservoirs covering 550,500 acres
- There are 200 public and private golf courses
- We are home to 400 public parks covering 23,000 acres
- And, if your idea of an outside activity is sipping wine in the sun, there are 52 wineries in the region
If you’re looking for some challenging mountain bike trails, check out Lake Grapevine’s North Shore Trail. This 10-mile long trail weaves along the lake, through a bamboo forest and along some brooks for a great workout whether you lace up your hiking boots and bring a four-legged companion, or strap on a helmet for some two-wheeled adventures.
Cedar Hill’s Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center is a family-friendly adventure in hiking that is home to many native flora and animals. And, the Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center at Cedar Hill (DCAC) has been awarded LEED Gold established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). Proving that you can be green in a lush greenspace.
If you’re looking for an outside adventure with an urban twist, there’s much to see and do in Dallas and Fort Worth. Klyde Warren Park in Dallas is a bustling park literally bridging Uptown and Downtown Dallas. With a reading room, food trucks and yoga, there’s no limit to enjoying a warm North Texas spring day.
Fort Worth’s recently redesigned Sundance Square in the heart of downtown is walking distance to restaurants, nightclubs and the historic Bass Hall. But spend some time watching kids run through the new water features and you’ll have the urge to kick off your shoes and splash around. And, entertain your friends with a historical fun fact – Sundance Square is named after the Sundance Kid who – along with his partner, Butch Cassidy – was a frequent visitor to the area.
So, wave goodbye to old man winter and welcome that big Texas sky and sun by experiencing some of the best outdoor adventures North Texas has to offer.