Back in May I walked part of the Trinity Trail, from Benbrook to South of Fort Worth. While July isn’t really the best time to be trekking 20 miles in Texas, I really wanted to finish the trail for the experience of seeing “the whole thing”. Aside from a few legs that go off toward the east side of Fort Worth and out west to the Naval Air Base, I’m done!
From the Crystelle Waggoner Trailhead on University St. its a little more of a urban experience. Straightaway, I ran into a group of food trucks gathering at the river’s edge tucked between office parks and other restaurants. From there it was just a short jaunt to the Trinity Park Trailhead opposite the Botanic Gardens. Around Trinity Park there were a couple of places to cross over the river into downtown; that is if you’re good at hopscotch, the crossovers are stepping stones, not bridges. Railroad crossings, standing kayakers and views of downtown Fort Worth emerged.
From the Trinity Park Trailhead up to the Panther Island Trailhead, downtown Fort Worth came more into focus and actually at Panther Island was easy to hop off the trail and down to Sundance Square, which has been the entertainment nucleus of downtown Fort Worth for many years.
Crossing the river north from Panther Island downtown Fort Worth started to fade away and more pastoral and river views took center. You’ll also find this part of the trail is not frequented by many people, save a few cyclists. When you cross over the river at Hogsett Trailhead, you might as well have a sitdown and enjoy the last view of downtown.
Beyond Hogsett there was nothing to see except the trees and the river, which were nice but the novelty wore off abruptly for me. After a mile or so it became industrial and for a long stretch there was no shade. I went all the way round to Delga Trailhead near I-35, which is anchored by the small and lonely Delga Park. I do not recommend going this far. Beyond Delga it was looking sketchy and the noise from the freeways and factories was not pleasant.
My bottom line for Trinity Trail is I like. I would do it again but only from Art Cowsen to Hogsett Trailheads and I would shoot for April or November. Pop off destinations would be at Trinity Park for the Botanic Gardens, Kimbell and Modern Art Museums and at Panther Island for Sundance Square.