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Written By: Casey Washington Poisonous plants are avoidable but what about the dangers that move? One of the top reasons why some people don’t venture outdoors is because of the possibility of running into a “nope rope”.  They imagine that every root or log will have a nest of rattlers just waiting to strike, like the killer plants popping out of the pipes on Super Mario. There is a plethora of folklore and misinformation out there about the wiggle-sticks of their nightmares, but with some actual facts and a plan, you can respect a snake for what they do for...

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Written by: Casey Washington It’s the unknown crinkle in the leaves, or the leaves themselves, that prevent many of the new or want-to-be new hikers I meet from taking their first steps into nature. The idea of snakes or poison ivy lurking along the trail shouldn’t furlough the joy and connectedness that being outside brings to the human spirit. With some knowledge about how to avoid the itchy and bity things in the prairie lands surrounding DFW, and what to do if you cannot avoid them, even the more timid adventurer can step forward and enjoy all the wonders the...

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Written By: Lori Crider There is a little piece of Heaven high atop Prayer Mountain in Dallas, overlooking Joe Pool Lake called Big Cedar Wilderness! It’s a hidden gem on the highest escarpment in Dallas, winding through cedar and hardwood forests with descents into the valley including many elevation changes, giving it the feel of the Hill Country!    The property is owned by Mountain Creek Community Church and is maintained by both the church and Dallas Off Road Bicycle Association www.DORBA.org. It features a pavilion with restrooms, complete with showers and about 25 miles of trails. These trails are designed for...

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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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