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Trinity Trail, Redux

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Trinity Trail

Th-upI was looking for something to insert between bookended meetings in Fort Worth. I found it in the form of a trek on the Trinity Trail. Trinity Trail  | IOS App is a system of trails between Benbrook, a community south of Fort Worth, circling West then North the East of downtown Fort Worth before ending at Gateway Park. Its a 60+ mile return but I only had time for the 20 mile return from Benbrook | Art Cowsen Trailhead to University Drive | Crystelle Waggoner Trailhead.  This path I saw as three segments (1) Benbrook to Bellaire Blvd (2) Bellaire Blvd until Trinity Chapel (3) Along the river to University Dr.

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Quality

Excellent. In all parts of the trail there was a paved path, very wide and clearly marked. In most parts there was also a parallel dirt path which, along the river, was also very wide and clearly marked. The paved paths looked brand new!

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Difficulty

None. There was no change in surface elevation, no natural obstacles, and very little hairpin or switchback turns. The only challenge will be accomplishing the distance you want in the time you want.

Services

There were portapotties and drinking fountains (both human and pet) every 2-3 miles. The trailhead in Benbrook had about 30 parking spaces, it was nowhere near full when I arrived, nor when I left. I noticed  no stores/kiosks/restaurants along the path I took, except at the end near University St. Park benches were about every quarter mile.

Scenery

The first segment from Benbrook was largely wooded, occasionally broken up with large patches of wildflowers, and pastoral scenes with horses and cows. There were a number of creeks with narrow bridges.

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The second segment along Bellaire Blvd. took me through an older, immaculately manicured neighborhood. All lovely but it was a neighborhood, so not interesting for me. This segment was the shortest and ended at the Trinity Chapel.

The third segment was the path along the river. It seemed better to be on the North (West) side of the river (there are trails on either side). This way I had the river view overlooking the large acreage estates, country clubs and golf courses on the South (East) side as scenery. Occasionally downtown Fort Worth stuck it head out above the treeline to remind me of my proximity to the city.

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Experience

The majority of people on this trail are cyclists. Not your my-doc-told-me-to-exercise-my-fat-ass variety, rather the ones with focus and intensity, which to me meant, seriously competitive cyclists. They were very aware of and courteous to pedestrians. The “bike left”, “passing left” vocal warnings were common and appreciated.

Along the first segment I was somewhat overwhelmed by the smell of roses and honeysuckles but this ebbed and flowed as the scenery changed from dense woods to pasture. The shade along this segment was welcomed in the afternoon sun.

“The trail” in the second segment was actually just walking along the bike path in the street. It was a wide path and the motorists were very aware of and courteous to pedestrians. This was a boring stretch but it was also the shortest.

The third segment was people dense and more prone to joggers, large groups traveling together and women with strollers. At the end, near University Dr, the smell of barbeque and coffee made itself present thanks to a number of eateries on the surface streets just above the trail.

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Overall a good 20 mile walk!  I’ll be back to walk another segment of the Trinity Trail sometime over the summer!