Nestled on the south side of Lake Grapevine, Horseshoe Trail offers a balanced ride ideal for both beginners and intermediate cyclists. This network of trails traverses a myriad of terrain—from loose dirt and gravel to small rock gardens. Although it may live in the shadow of its more famous neighbor on the "North Shore," Horseshoe is a trail that stands on its own merits.
The trail is set in a counter-clockwise direction with ample signage. However, it's advisable for first-timers to bring along a map or a knowledgeable companion; the trail has several twists and shortcuts that might confuse newcomers. To reach the trail, you can start from one of two trailheads:
For the cautious or tired, the trail also includes numerous bail-out points, which facilitate easy returns to the car park. The network has an assortment of alternative paths that riders can use to either bypass more challenging sections or reach sessionable spots.
If you're coming from Dallas, take highway 114 or 635 to 121, then exit at William D Tate Ave. From Fort Worth on highway 121 or from Roanoke on 114, the exit remains the same. Follow William D Tate to Northwest Highway (Hwy 26), make a left at the red light onto Dove Road which eventually becomes Dove Loop. The McPherson Slough sign will guide you to the trailhead. You can also use the address "Horseshoe Trail, Grapevine Tx, 76051" on your GPS for precise directions.In summary, Horseshoe Trail offers a diversified riding experience with great flow, manageable obstacles, and pleasing scenery. Perfect for beginners ready to level up and intermediate riders looking for variety, this trail is a little slice of cycling heaven.