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By: Jeremy Magee A local gem, Coppell Nature Park is 66 acres of woodland and blackland prairie within Wagon Wheel Park in the western portion of the city. Although there are 11 trails, the overall hike is short (as the distance covered is approximately 2 mi.) and the difficulty level is easy as the terrain is mostly flat with an occasional short hill – including some with stairs.  Although owned by the City of Coppell, a partnership is in place with the Friends of Coppell Nature Park nonprofit (FCNP), the local community and the school district to maintain the park’s...

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By: Jeremy Magee The Northshore Trail is a highly popular local trail that stretches from Grapevine to Flower Mound and covers 22.5 miles – in fact it is the most widely-known and frequented trail in the entire Dallas/Ft. Worth area and sees on average 800 bikers a week alone! Formerly a motocross route, it is actually made up of seven individual (but interconnected) trails (save one unattached segment) and can be accessed via any one of five primary trailheads (depending on one’s preference regarding where they want to begin).  Managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and maintained by...

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By: Haley Cottey Hiking is amazing for our mental, spiritual and physical health and it is so therapeutic to get on a trail and feel separated from the chaos of the city. We are so fortunate to have many green spaces available to us in DFW but sometimes weather is not always on our side. Rain and floods can damage dirt trails and hiking or biking on the trails while they are muddy can cause even more damage. Most trails in DFW are maintained by volunteers and take more work than most people realize. If flooding is severe enough, trails...

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By: Jeremy Magee LLELA Nature Preserve is a nearly 2,600-acre wilderness located in Lewisville, TX, and consists of tallgrass prairies and bottomland forests (through which flows the Elm Fork of the Trinity River). There are a total of seven trails (including one designated for paddling); however, due to ongoing construction only five are currently open: Blackjack, Cicada, Cottonwood, Green Dragon and Beaver Pond – distances of the trails are 1.5 mi., 0.25 mi., 1.3 mi., 0.3 mi. and 1 mile, respectively. In terms of difficulty level the rating is easy, as the terrain is mostly flat (with a few short...

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By: Haley Cottey Deep in the heart of the Oak Cliff community, you will find a beautiful green space perfect for a short escape into nature. Twelve Hills Nature Center's mission is “Cultivating conservation ethics through our Blackland Prairie restoration and nature education.” The space once was 5 acres of run-down apartments and thanks to a strong community effort, it has since been restored to its natural habitat. This 5 acre space now holds a beautiful brick wall entrance and a half mile trail around the perimeter that shows off the natural landscape and beautiful butterfly garden that is managed by...

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