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Canyon Ridge Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.7 (6)

CCC rock structures built during the 1930s along with overlooks are a draw for the most difficult trail at FWNC&R.


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Map Key

3.2

Miles

5.1

KM

Point to Point

691' 211 m

High

606' 185 m

Low

237' 72 m

Up

228' 70 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

14%

Max Grade (8°)

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · Spring · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

◦ All plants, animals and natural objects are protected
◦ Do not collect any natural objects, pick plants or feed animals
◦ Walk only on marked trails
◦ Remove solid animal waste
◦ No entry beyond closed gates or cables
◦ Park only in designated areas
◦ Visitors on grounds after hours will be locked in
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Description

Park at the end of the Shoreline Drive at the Greer Island parking area. Water is your friend, bring it along!

This is the most difficult trail in the park with some steep inclines; a few narrow sections, multiple footbridges, very steep stairs, and sections that call for greater attention to what is underfoot – all part of my favorite hike here with some nice overlooks of Lake Worth and the area from the high ridgeline.

As a reward for some effort, there are multiple Civilian Conservation Corps rock structures built during the 1930s along the trail. One of the highlights are the arches and columns of what was once the fairly large stone ‘Rest-A-While’ CCC structure. Further along, the ‘Lone Point’ CCC Structure also provides a high vantage point to enjoy the area. As you descend from this overlook, you are heading down a cascade of limestone stairs and along a short ledge – more CCC handiwork.

The trail varies greatly from tree covered inclines, turns, and drops to open, sunny areas filled with Yucca, Prickly Pear Cactus, Oaks, and scrub. A variety of wildflowers and grasses are also a treat in season with overlooks and benches along the way. Mile markers dot the path in quarter mile increments.

With over 20 miles of trails, Fort Worth Nature Center & Reserve offers a wide variety of enjoyable trails. Check out the Hardwicke Interpretive Visitor Center and the new Marsh Boardwalk.

Want to follow a different kind of trail? How about the Texas Parks and Wildlife Paddling Trail next time?

Flora & Fauna

It is common to hear and spot songbirds along the trail. Keep an eye out for hawks, turkey vultures, and the occasional fighter-jet or large cargo planes from the nearby military base. You did bring your bins right?

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Shared By:

Malcolm Clay

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  4.7 from 6 votes

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Photos

The Canyon Ridge Trail passes through the Rest-A-While CCC Structure.
May 31, 2017 near Lakeside, TX
Several benches along the Canyon Ridge Trail let you rest while you soak it all in.
May 31, 2017 near Lakeside, TX
On the Canyon Ridge Trail, you don't have to think a single thought about work, just the path ahead.
May 31, 2017 near Lakeside, TX
This is one of the many footbridges along the Canyon Ridge Trail.
May 31, 2017 near Lakeside, TX
Head north from the entrance to Greer Island to experience a beautiful refuge for egret & heron.
Mar 10, 2017 near Lakeside, TX
Enjoy phenomenal views from the CCC structure at Lone Point Overlook along the Canyon Ridge Trail.
May 31, 2017 near Lakeside, TX

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Nov 2, 2019
scottyh
Feb 23, 2019
Cheryl Frost
Dec 15, 2018
Nomadic Weekenders
Hiked along the trail which multiple stops to take photos/video. Amazing location! 8.1mi — 6h 00m
Sep 9, 2018
Ray C
Slow pace 3.2mi — 2h 20m
Mar 29, 2018
Matthew Strunk
3.2mi
Sep 11, 2017
Pam Gille Powell
6.4mi
Aug 20, 2017
Sonya Lemke