One of my favorite things to do while on a trip is to find a local trail to run on. I often visit my parents at their home in North Texas. Last year when I visited Texas, I wanted to test out the North Shore trail. Located along Lake Grapevine in Flower Mound Texas, it sounded like a great trail to run. However, due to flooding earlier that spring, all the trails were closed. This year, while visiting my parents again, I checked on the status of the North Shore trail. The trails were partially open, so I was able to finally get a run on them!
The North Shore Trail
The North Shore trail runs about 9 miles along the north side of Lake Grapevine. There is trail access at either Rockledge Park, Murrell Park, or Twin Coves Park. There is also access at the MADD shelter between Murrell Park and Twin Coves Park. Rockledge Park and Twin Coves Park are at either end of the trail, and Murrell Park and the MADD shelter are along the middle of the trail. Sean and I chose to start at Murrell Park, since it’s location is the closest to my parent’s house.
When we first got to the park, we had a little trouble finding the trail. It turns out, the trail crosses the main entrance road, and we just didn’t notice the small signs at first. We also saw that parts of the trail were still closed from last year’s flooding. The trails from Murrell to Rockledge were still closed. The trail was open from Murrell to Twin Coves. Also, the trail is supposed to be a one way loop, with 9 miles from Rockledge to Twin Coves, and then 9 miles returning on an adjacent trail. But, only the one side of trail from Murrell to Twin Coves was open. To accommodate the trail traffic, it was designated as two way traffic for now.
Texas Trail Fun!
Once we had our bearings, we set out for our run. The trail is well maintained and boasts a lot of small ups and downs, and several twists and turns. We enjoyed our winding run through the oak forests, occasionally catching glimpses of lake Grapevine. There were a lot of runners and mountain bikers out, and everyone was respecting the two way traffic allowed on the trail.
The trail had some nice features to it as well. From a dense wooded single track, you would then find yourself in an open field of wildflowers. Or a steep downhill would find you crossing a wooden bridge over a creek. It was fun to run on, and a challenging workout. We decided on our halfway point and turned back to return to Murrell park.
On our way back, we stopped by the MADD shelter for a quick drink of water and a look at the map. The map at MADD shelter was more detailed on the exact closure, so we snapped a photo for reference.
A few miles later, we were back to Murrell Park. This was a great running trail, and has opportunities for some nice long runs, especially once the full trail is back open. I can see why this is a popular North Texas trail! I will definitely be running here again my next time in Texas! For updated information on trail closings, visit Lake Grapevine Website
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