The DFW Metroplex is a tough place for a trail runner and especially an ultra trail runner. And before anyone starts defending the area just remember that Salt Lake City and the Wasatch Front has 1500 miles of single track trail. Dorba.org which is the main repository of trail information for the area does list about 100 miles of trails. While this is true, there’s lots of driving between places and some routes offer limited distances. Let’s face it, DFW doesn’t offer the same trail opportunities as the mountain regions of the country.
That said, I have run the North Shore Trail in Grapevine Texas and at least it’s a trail. Basically, it’s an 18 mile loop with the trail running parallel to itself with one way signs to keep everyone going in the same direction. I’ve had nice runs there but there’s nothing to write home about. The difficulty is minimal. The trail is in good condition. There is very little in the way of rocks and roots to be concerned about. It’s a good place to get some faster trail work done.
The trail intersects a number of points and you can start at Rockledge Park, Murrell Park, MADD Shelter or Twin Coves. Murrell Park is run by the Army Corps and there is no fee for parking or use of the park. Rockledge Park has a small fee to get into the park.
I give all the credit in the world to DORBA.org in their efforts to make trails online in North Texas. Without them there would be nothing and I’d have nowhere to run.
My issues are the area and what it can really give. I am thankful there are some trails in the Metroplex and North Shore Trail is one.