Horseshoe Trail is a six and a half mile labyrinthine system of single track, across Grapevine Lake from its bigger brother Northshore. On this single track you find fun tight twisting turns around trees. Contouring along against shear drops, the trail is peppered with roots and rocks begging to bounce you off into the abyss below.
Similar to Northshore there are plenty of hills to push up and roll down. The trail is thrilling place to pedal your mountain bike on this mostly red sandy trail. There is a plethora of well worn rock gardens you thunder over as you test your skills on this spiderweb of trails.
The markings on the trail has vastly improved, but some parts leaving you guessing if you should take the trail less traveled or the well worn one. This can lead to a frustrating and confusing riding session, leaving you wondering if you are actually heading the wrong way. The good news about getting disorientated at Horseshoe is that it is not catastrophic.
On this compact trail you are hemmed in by Lake Grapevine to the north, houses to the south and either northeast or southwest are both trailheads. If you can get to the paved paths frequented by joggers, roadies and hikers you will eventually find you way back to either trail head. There is a primary paved path that that connects both trailhead, from there are several neglected paved paths that branch out north from the main path reaching for Grapevine Lake.
Horseshoe is centrally located in the Metroplex, north of the Dallas/ Fort Worth Airport in Grapevine. From Texas Highway 114, exit either Wall Street/ Park Boulevard, or Northwest Highway. Head north on Park Boulevard, till the road ends at Dove Road.
To get to the southwest trailhead turn left onto Dove Road. Heading west on Dove Road, the road will take you down a small hill and immediately to your right is the parking lot for the southwest trailhead.
To find the northeast trailhead turn right onto Dove Road. Heading east you take your fourth right onto Dove Loop Road. Drive north on Dove Loop Road till you get to Horseshoe Trail and turn left. This will take you to the northeast trailhead.
Not too far from Horseshoe on Northwest Highway is Mad Duck Cycling. Whether you need to something from your beloved bike or just curious, stop by and take a stroll through the store.
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