Stunning views of Grapevine Lake, a mix of terrain and easy access from the city make the Northshore Trail an understandably popular place for recreationalists in the North Texas area. This 22-mile heavily trafficked loop trail will take you and your leashed dog through shady stands of mature trees, through open grassy meadows, and along the rocky shoreline of the lake. It’s a beautiful place to get some exercise with your pooch while enjoying the great outdoors!
Although you can hop on the Northshore Trail from Twin Coves Park and Rockledge Park, the best access is located within Murrell Park where there is no fee for parking. Murrell Park also has restrooms and drinking water, plus it’s the least trafficked during the busy weekend time.
The Murrell Park trailhead also puts you and your pup in a great place to enjoy a shorter trek. The trail is broken into six connecting loops – Murrell Park gives you easy access to Loop 1 to the west and Loop 2 to the east, both of which are 3 miles each.
There are some gentle inclines and switchbacks along this single track dirt trail, but nothing too strenuous.
Dogs are required to be on-leash on the Northshore Trail as it is heavily trafficked by mountain bikers. Because there are so many cyclists, it’s recommended that you start your hike clockwise so you can see oncoming traffic. Bicyclists are instructed at the trailhead to ride counter-clockwise.
The sun-exposed portions of the trail can get very hot very quickly, so be mindful of your pup’s paws and bring tons of drinking water for the both of you. In the heat of the summer, it’s best to plan your trip for early morning or in the cooler part of the evening.
For a fun trail with spectacular views, grab your pooch and check out the Northshore Trail at Grapevine Lake!