Whether you're looking to challenge others' times or simply enjoy a nice ride, you are sure to have a good time on Gateway Park's trails. This well-groomed singletrack ride combines smooth, flowing packed dirt (80%) and a rocky segment with a hill (20%). The ride is mostly shaded for those hot summer days and includes a great lookout across to downtown Fort Worth from the top of the Hill Trail
on the east side of the river.
Going from the west side to the east side and back, this ride combines sections of packed dirt (with some roots) and small rocks. The west side of the river (West Loop
) is smooth and flowing, with some dips and lots of bends through the trees (enjoy the shade!) and a bit of open field. The east side (Grass Connector
, River Trail
and Hill Trail
) consists of an open field, dirt-packed woods, and a steady, rocky hill with some switchbacks.
Enter the trail from the sidewalk that extends east from the parking lot (accessible from E 1st St). After the trail sign, take the dirt trail to the left into the trees, beginning the West Loop
. After going through the first section of woods, follow Valle Circle around on the sidewalk and pick up the dirt trail parallel to the road.
Field to the Road:
The trail leads through a field, turning north toward E. 1st Street. Follow the trail back into the trees and up onto the sidewalk. After crossing the bridge, make the quick turn back north into the woods. The trail forks as you near E. 1st Street, take the left trail to follow the E. 1st Street Connector
to the road.
Across to the East Side:
Once on the road, ride east and make your way across the bridge (over West Fork Trinity River) to the next driveway, where you'll ride through the gap in the fence (on the right side) to follow the trail west and south through the Grass Connector
toward the slightly more difficult east side trails.
East Side - River Side:
Follow the River Trail
to the right, roughly paralleling the river (though, it can't be seen from the trail). Heading south, you'll continue on mostly packed dirt with some more technical turns thrown in to keep you focused. Watch for the 10' deep dip about halfway through this trail.
East Side - Hill Side:
After roughly one mile, continue on the Hill Trail
, which begins to climb over loose-ish rocks for .6 mi to 120' above the Trinity River (80' elevation gain).
Stop at the top to rehydrate and enjoy the view of Downtown Fort Worth to the west (photo op!). Continue down the hill (mostly loose rocks) to meet back up at the north trailhead of the east trails.
North! Then, West!
Ride north over the familiar Grass Connector
and then turn left on the road to ride back to the E. 1st Street Connector
and the west side trails.
Into the Woods:
At the end of the E. 1st Street Connector
, turn left onto West Loop
, which will soon emerge from the trees (you'll see Valle Circle) only to enter again after a bend to the left. Once you emerge from the trees again at Valle Circle, keep to the trail next to the West Fork Trinity River.
Last Main Section:
Descend quickly on the long steady hill and up the steep incline, then cross the sidewalk to enter the last section of the ride. Enjoy the bends, dips, and small inclines in this fun dirt-packed section. No surprises here.
The Last Li'l Bit:
Once you reach the sidewalk, follow it a couple hundred feet to pick up the dirt trail again. Enter the woods for the last bit that spits you back out where you started the ride.