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There’s no excuse to be a couch-potato! Lewisville, Texas, has numerous hiking and biking trails for you to explore, whether you’re a casual or serious walker or bicyclist. The City of Lewisville Parks and Recreation Department provides outdoor experiences for everyone through a diverse network of trails, parks, and recreation areas. We at Huffines Chevrolet Lewisville have put together a list of some of the most popular and accessible trails throughout the city. Have fun checking them out!

Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area

The Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELA) has six trails, totaling 7 miles, that wind through the woods and grasslands and along the Elm Fork River. If you want to experience wooded areas and enjoy a little bird watching, the Cicada, Bittern Marsh, and Blackjack trails are for you. If you prefer more of a prairie setting, the Redbud Trail, the Cottonwood Trail sections of the Blackjack Trail, and the middle section of the Bittern Marsh Trail have plenty of grassland and scattered trees.

The Redbud Trail and the western side of the Bittern Marsh Trail offer scenic river views. You can even view a beaver pond and an 1870s log house along the Cottonwood Trail. You will also see many types of hardwood forest, native grasses and wildflowers, and abundant wildlife. The trails at LLELA are rated easy for all skill levels, with elevation changes of 3 to 9 feet. For current trail conditions and more information, visit llela.org.

The LLELA is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in summer. The Visitor Center is open on Saturdays and Sundays. A playground and restroom facilities are available. There is a $5 fee per car. Be sure to bring sunscreen, bug spray, and a water bottle. Animals are not permitted.

Central Park Trail

Central Park Trail is located at 1899 S. Edmonds Lane in Lewisville. The trail is 1.33 miles long and is within the 39.5-acre Central Park. You’ll see plenty of birds along the trail, as well as wildflowers and wildlife. Nearby, you’ll find Timber Creek Trail, a 1.8-mile trail. Dogs are permitted on leash. The trails are rated easy for all skill levels.

The park has picnic pavilions, children’s play areas, and restrooms. Also available are three handicap-accessible picnic tables.

Railroad Park Trail

Railroad Park Trail is located at 1301 S. Railroad Street in Lewisville. The trail is within the 269-acre Railroad Park and is 1.5 miles long. The area offers views of the three man-made lakes along the trail. Dogs are permitted on leash, and visitors can enjoy the dog park with their pets. The park offers many amenities, including a skate park, outdoor fitness equipment, restrooms, concessions, and a vending area.

Vista Ridge Sports Complex

The Vista Ridge Sports Complex at 2950 Lake Vista Drive sits on 20.4 acres and includes a 1.6-mile easy hiking and biking trail. It has little to no elevation changes, making it a family-friendly trail.

Amenities include a playground, a restroom and concession building, grouped exercise stations, and a fishing pier overlooking Denton Creek. The complex also includes softball fields for youth and adults.

Lewisville Lake Trail

Lewisville Lake Trail is located at 600 Sandy Beach Road at Lake Park. The trail is 3.3 miles long with a 95-foot elevation change and great lake views. Lake Park consists of 662 acres along the Lake Lewisville shoreline.

Amenities include a swimming beach, restrooms, two courtesy docks, a boat ramp, picnic areas, and golf and disc golf courses. Hours are from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the summer. There is a $10 entrance fee per car. Dogs are permitted on leash.

Valley Ridge Greenbelt Park

Valley Ridge Greenbelt Park includes a 3.6-mile trail system. It’s located at 1400 N. Valley Parkway and sits on 19.2 acres that meanders through Lewisville neighborhoods. Amenities include a playground and play park and a basketball court. You’ll also enjoy the native vegetation.

Garden Ridge Trail

The Garden Ridge Trail is located along Garden Ridge Boulevard and South Valley Parkway. It includes a 4-mile trail of concrete shared-use paths along Garden Ridge Parkway from Interstate 35 to LL Woods Park and along North Valley Parkway from Garden Ridge Parkway to Main Street. It also offers 3.6 miles of shared-use bicycle lanes along Garden Ridge Parkway, North Valley Parkway and Civic Circle. The Garden Ridge Trail connects to LL Woods Park at 1000 Arbour Way. The 28.1-acre park offers a basketball full court, disc golf, a picnic pavilion, a playground and restrooms.

North Shore Trail

North Shore Trail is located at 2908 North Park Drive on the north side of Lake Grapevine. The 9-mile trail offers great views from the cliffs and the shore of the lake. The terrain is moderately difficult. The trail runs from Rock Ledge Park to Twin Coves Park. Dogs are permitted on leash.

Amenities include picnic areas, a playground, water sport rentals, mountain biking, and bird and flora viewing opportunities.

A-Train Rail Trail

The A-Train Rail Trail runs along and accesses DCTA’s five A-train stations. You can take your bike on the train to conveniently access the trail from any of the stops. The 19 miles of concrete path connect Lewisville and Denton, Texas, and is smooth and wheelchair-accessible. Along the way, you’ll see diverse urban scenery. Other amenities include shopping, restaurants, and city parks in Denton, Lewisville, and Highland Village. The A-Train Rail Trail was voted one of the top five scenic trails by  the Only in Your State blog.

The southernmost section is also known as Lewisville Hike & Bike Trail, which is 4 miles long and includes views of Lewisville Lake. It starts at Old Town Station and continues south to Hebron Station.

Getting out and hiking in the great outdoors is a wonderful way to spend a beautiful day. We at Huffines Chevrolet Lewisville hope you enjoy exploring the great hiking and biking trails in Lewisville. If we’ve missed any of your favorite trails, please let us know so we can add it to our list!

Image via Flickr by Gail Frederick


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