Whether you’re an avid hiker or just want to explore an awesome park near home with the kids, you can find many awesome outdoor spots to stroll around in Coppell. Maybe you want a challenging run or hike, something simple in the local park, or a place where your family dog is more than welcome. Here are seven of the best places to hike in and around the Coppell, Texas, area.
Coppell Nature Park Loop
Right in the heart of town is Coppell Nature Park, where you can hike the park’s 1.7-mile loop through beautiful floral scenery and past areas where you can spot some wildlife. This trail is suitable for all hiking levels, so even younger kids can keep up, and runners can get a great challenge here, too. You can even make this an educational trek, too, since the parks department labels the various trees and plants along the trail.
This loop traverses areas and trails like Callie’s Crossing, Marshall Trail, and Klingeman Trail, and when you’re done walking around, you can stop by the game fields or the Biodiversity Education Center located in the park. The park is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and is accessible all year round.
North Shore Trail
On the north side of Grapevine Lake, you can hike the North Shore Trail in Flower Mound, Texas. While you can certainly hike the whole 22.5 miles in one go, the trail also provides a few unique hiking excursions when you shorten your hike and switch up your starting and ending points. For example, you can hike from Rockledge Park to Murrell Park using North Shore Trail, or you can hike Murrell Park to Twin Coves Park.
North Shore Trail is an out-and-back trail definitely known for great mountain biking terrain, but this also provides a nice challenge to hikers. After the rain, some areas can get muddy or slippery, so make sure to wear your toughest hiking boots just in case. Rockledge Park is open from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. but Murrell Park is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., so keep in mind these hours when choosing your trailhead.
Cypress Waters Trail
This fully paved trail curves along the south side of North Lake and heads southwest on Cypress Waters Boulevard. Cypress Waters Trail is part of a master-plan community in Coppell where you’ll also find post-hike essentials like food, coffee, and bathrooms. Plus, the area is super dog-friendly and even has a dog park for your furry friend to play around.
When you traverse Cypress Waters Trail, you’ll find portions that are fully paved, so it’s suited for all hiking levels. On your hike, run, or stroll, you might spot ducks and other birds, beautiful wildflowers, and even some bunnies. You can also go fishing in North Lake throughout the day and catch a sight of the gorgeous sunset in the evening.
Knob Hills Trail
Head about 30 minutes west of town to Roanoke, Texas, where you’ll find a hiker’s and biker’s dream at Knob Hills Trail. There are about 13 miles of trails and six total loops. While five of the six loops are for beginner mountain bikers, four of the six are rated intermediate for hikers, and Loop 4 is even rated difficult. Much of this trail isn’t meant for the faint of heart or those looking for a quick and simple jaunt through the woods, but Loop 5 is for beginner hikers at just under half a mile long.
Since most of the trail is made of gravel, you should be careful when climbing up or down the slight inclines, especially after rain. But Knob Hills Trail is a great hiking spot to stay in the shade and beat the DFW heat.
Horseshoe Trail and Snakey Lane
Nearby Grapevine offers some great hiking options, including Horseshoe Trail that takes you out to beautiful Grapevine Lake. You can rough it on the dirt trail, or take it easy on the paved trail. Both options offer views of the lakes and moderate hiking for all levels. If you want to stroll along the waterfront and have even better views, you can trek along Snakey Lake, too.
Included in the 5.61 miles are a few loops, rest areas, water fountains, wooden bridges, and clearly marked areas for hiking, biking, picnicking, and resting. Plus, these trails are located near Oak Grove Park where you and your family can also enjoy sports complexes, waterfront picnic tables, and other smaller trails in the area.
Bear Creek Trail
Take a stroll along the bubbling Big Bear Creek on Bear Creek Trail. This concrete trail is around 4 miles long and offers a bit of a challenge for walks, bike rides, and running. It’s 8 feet wide, leaving plenty of room for multiple hikers at once since it can get a bit busy on the weekends.
Bear Creek Trail connects a few local parks in Grapevine, including Parr Park, where you’ll find playgrounds and splash areas for the kids, and Bear Creek Park, where you can bring your dog to the town’s first dog park, enjoy views of the creek, and have a picnic. You’ll find a short, one-mile stretch of the trail within Bear Creek Park if you want to hike but not get too far away from the fun.
Just south of the Lyndon B. Johnson Freeway in Irving lies Campion Trail. Hike through some of the area’s most beautiful parks, like Keenan Crossing Trail Park and Spring Trail Park. There are two public segments of the trail: 8.5 miles in the Elm Fork area, and 6.5 miles in the West Fork area. The goal is to connect this greenbelt to the regional trail system in DFW, meaning the amenities and hiking challenges you have access to as a Coppell resident are going to grow.
As it is now, Campion Trail is great for all levels and is even stroller- and wheelchair-friendly. You can enjoy wildflowers, birds, and local wildlife on your hikes, and you can leash up the pup and bring it along, too!
There you have it, Crème de la Crème of Coppell just provided you the best hiking places in the Coppell, Texas, area! Are you ready to get out and explore North Texas? Did we miss any of your favorite hiking spots? Let us know, and we’ll add it to our list!