14 Things to do on the Trinity River

Explore everything the Trinity has to offer.

Posted on Aug 14, 2018 By Ashley Turner

Let's start with the facts: the Trinity River stretches 710 miles, starting in the northern tip of Texas before making its way down to the Gulf Coast. It's made up of four branches, with two of those branches making their way into the Dallas area. If you haven't explored all the fun things to do, you're in for a sweet surprise. From hiking and biking trails and plenty of outdoor adventures, there's so much to see and do along this amazing natural resource in the Trinity River Corridor. 

1. Go for a hike through the trails at the Trinity River Audubon Center. Open every day of the week, the Audubon Center lets you explore five miles of trails and 120 acres on your adventure.  Pack a lunch to enjoy on the picnic grounds within sight of the Trinity River. 

2. Enjoy horseback riding at Texas Horse Park.The park offers trail rides and riding lessons on their 302-acre space and the serene space is just outside of Downtown Dallas, so getting there is a breeze. 

3. Get your workout on at the Ronald Kirk Bridge. Come ready to sweat and enjoy free parking, yoga, Camp Gladiator Boot Camp, Zumba and salsa classes that are offered free daily.

4. Eat at Trinity Groves, Sylvan 30 or the Belmont Hotel. Dine at one of the many restaurants offered in West Dallas, including Tex-Mex, Italian and vegan options. There's something for every craving!

5. For canoe adventures, get access to the Trinity River at Mountain Creek Preserve, Sylvan Avenue Bridge, Santa Fe Trestle Trail, and Loop 12 Boat Launch. Trinity River Kayak and Trinity River Expeditions provide canoe rentals, guided tours and helpful directions for boating on the river. This stretch of the river is part of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Paddling Trails.


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6. Get the best views of the Dallas skyline from the Trinity Overlook. It's the perfect spot for a photo to enter into the 2017 Trinity River Photo Contest.

7. Hike or bike on the Trinity Skyline Trail. The trail stretches 4.6 miles in the Dallas Floodway with routes along the Trinity River. It's a place of wonder, with 30 foot levees, fields of wildflowers and the glimpse of native and migrating birds.

8. Stroll through the Santa Fe Trestle Trail that's just under a mile long. It marks the beginning of the 6,200-acre Great Trinity Forest. And with free parking, it's easy to access to take a walk and see great views of the Trinity River and Cedar Creek.


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9. Hike through the Texas Buckeye Trail and see the beautiful buckeye trees at the end of this one mile trail. The trees bloom mid-March to April, so go back again in the spring to see the blooms!

10. Take your picture of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge from the Felix H. Lozada, Sr. Gateway, or walk to the Ronald Kirk Pedestrian Bridge to get a shot of the iconic arch and Dallas skyline.

11. Have a picnic outing at the Pavilion and Amphitheater at Moore Park Gateway. The park features an amphitheater, walking trails, a bridge over Cedar Creek, and baseball, soccer and tennis fields to play on.

12. The Trinity Forest Trails is a 9-mile hike and bike loop in the Great Trinity Forest. Travel to this trail path and enjoy the abundance of tree varieties along the way.


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13. Lower Chain of Wetlands is a bird watcher's paradise. This spot feature four wetland ponds and 75 acres to check-out the native plant and bird species.

14. Check out free family programming during Trinity Park's Conservancy's Summer at Simmons, July 10-Aug.30. This inaugural event will include, guided hikes, bike rides and canoe lessons all for free in the heart of the future Harold Simmons Park.

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