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Trinity River Trail

Enjoy the open space of the country and the parks and riversides of Fort Worth as you wander this pretty urban trail.
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 16 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview :  It's nice to have options.
And the Trinity River Trail System gives you many. You can start your journey from the center of the city... more »

Tips:  - Do not cross the low water crossings during high water activity.
- Check the Fort Worth city schedules for trailside events such as ... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Gateway Park

Gateway Park, east of Fort Worth, makes a nice place to start your trail sojourn. It has lots of free parking and places for picnics, hikes, and bathroom breaks. It is easy to follow the trail from here, as long as you utilize the map and directions in this guide.

2. Athletic fields

You will find numerous athletic fields in Gateway Park. You will actually follow the trail around a portion of these athletic fields before leaving the western edge of Gateway Park and starting your trek along the river.

3. River Crossing Option #1

In order to stay on the main trail, you will need to cross the river either here (good place, but not my first choice) or a little ways up the trail. At this point, there is a great trail on either side of the river, so either choice will work.
It is important to note that both of these river crossings are considered "low water crossings," so do ... More

4. River Crossing Option #2

You must cross the river in order to continue on the trail to Fort Worth, and I recommend crossing at this spot. If you don't cross here, the trail continues for a little ways to a trail head, then ends.
Do not cross here or at any other low-water crossing in high-water/flood conditions.

5. mile 3

The trail crosses under numerous railroad tracks and roads in this portion of the trail.

6. good Fort Worth views

From here, the trail begins to change from a rural trail to an urban trail and the views of the city are some of the best to be found anywhere.

7. city access

Enjoy lots of bridge crossings, resting spots, and easy access to the city from this point. Although you could also start your trail journey here, be prepared to pay hefty parking fees if you drive into town.
You will be near the hear of Fort Worth if you exit the trail here, but there are few restaurants in the immediate area. You will have to... More

8. Trail fork / junction

If you can't decide which way to go, you'll have plenty of resting spots to sit down and ponder the best route. Either way, you can't go wrong.

This is a popular riverside stopping spot for trail users year-round. In the park, you will find benches, playgrounds, side trails, and even misting stations to cool you down during your rigorous trail journey.

10. Misting station

These cool-down spots come in handy during the heat of summer.

11. Low level water crossings

These crossings are handy to get from one side of the river to the other, but avoid them in high water or flood situations.

12. Oakmont Trailhead

Near highway 183, the trail ends with a small trailhead.

13. Trinity Trail

14. bridges galore