U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Fort Worth District
819 Taylor Street
P.O. Box 17300
Fort Worth, TX 76102
The Corps of Engineers manages two Nationally Registered mountain biking trails at Grapevine Lake: The Northshore Trail and the Knob Hills Trail.
The Northshore Trail is a looped, one-way trail. The East loop is 12.5 miles, and the West loop with both one -way, and out and back trails totaling 22 miles. Trailheads are at Rockledge Park, Murrell Park, and at the entrance to Twin Coves Campground. Trail portions range in difficulty from easy to difficult. Water is available at the Murrell Park and Rockledge Park trailheads; restrooms are available at the Rockledge Trailhead.
The Knob Hills Trail is located on the west side of Grapevine Lake.
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Length: Approximately 22 miles
Users: Hiking and biking
There are three main trailheads; Murrell Park MADD Shelter and Twin Coves Park and authorized access at Rockledge Park.
Day use fees may apply when accessing the trail from Rockledge Park or Twin Coves Park. Park entry at Murell Park off Simmons road is FREE.
22.5 miles broken up into two major loops: East Loop which is 12.5 miles and the West Loop in Twin Coves.
Description: This single track one-way loop with a natural surface that has trailheads in Rockledge, Murrell, and Twin Coves Parks. Various wildlife such as rabbits, foxes and waterfowl may be seen from the trail as it winds along the lake shore. The eastern half is less technical than the western, and is better suited to novice riders. Drinking water is available at all trailheads, with restrooms located at Rockledge and Murrell only. Particularly in the area of Twin Coves, the trail is very rocky and has a varied terrain. For easiest access, especially on weekends, trail users are advised to access the trail in Murrell Park. Restrooms are available in Murrell Park and Rockledge Park.
Directions to authorized Trail Heads:
To Twin Coves Park: From FM 2499, turn west on FM 3040. Take your first left onto McKamy Creek Road. When the road ends at Simmons, turn right. Turn left on Wichita Trail. The park entrance will be on the left and parking is almost immediately on the left.
To Murrell Park: From FM 2499, turn west on FM 3040. Take your first left onto McKamy Creek Road. When the road ends at Simmons, turn left. At the stop sign at the park entrance, turn right. Look for the sign on the right to the trailhead.
To Rockledge Park: From Hwy 121, head west on Hwy. 26. Turn right onto Fairway Dr. Continue over the dam and urn left into Rockledge Park. Trailhead parking is at the end of the park road. An entrance fee is required for this location. Please note: Parking at Rockledge is very limited and is usually very crowded.
Northshore Trail Map
Length: Approximately 4 miles
Users: Hiking and biking
Description: Located on the west end of Grapevine lake, this natural surface trail traverses the prairies and bottomland on the north bank of Denton Creek. The trail is less rocky than the Northshore, but watch out for cactus and the occasional stray cow! There are no facilities on this trail.
Driving Directions: From I-35W turn east on FM 1171. At the intersection with Hwy 377, turn south onto the highway. The trailhead is on the left, approximately 1/2 mile south, just off the highway. Note: Drivers should use great caution when entering and exiting to or from the highway on this steep trailhead.
This site last updated on
January 11, 2013