4.60 out of 5
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↑ 400 ft
↓ 400 ft
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About this trail
Beginner/intermediate trail located on the south side of Lake Grapevine. Trail runs around/across a paved section of road called "Horseshoe Trail" (which has been closed off to cars) which allows for several bail out points along the bike trail. Counter-clockwise direction with lots of signage. There are some short rocky climbs, a few drop-offs and creek crossings, but most of the trail features have ride-arounds available.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (10)

Granny Gear

April 13, 2019
Review: It is a good trail going up and down most of the way Yes all the pictures are from the trail


April 3, 2019
SlowMitch Trailblazer  
Review: Horseshoe is a great trail that gets overshadowed by its big brother on the "North Shore" of Lake Grapevine. While this trail is only five miles, it has a great variety of "beginner/intermediate" features. Expect lots of loose dirt and gravel, with lots of roots, small rock gardens, and short techy climbs. The flow is well thought out, and while there aren't any extended downhill runs, there is still enough flow/speed to put a smile on your face. As stated by other reviewers, the trail has a lot of bail out points so if you get too tired it's very easy to get back to your car. There are a few parts of the trail where the signage is a little confusing, but after 1 or 2 laps it won't be an issue. There are also many alternate paths around harder obstacles or to session-able spots, so while it is easy to get lost, it's just as easy to get back on the trail. Mini-Northshore is definitely a good description of this trail.

Similar Trail: Point Vista/Parks of Aledo, Northshore East.


May 8, 2017
Mark Meyer Gramcounter  
Review: I am a fairly good beginner and this was my first trip to Horseshoe. It was right at sun-up on a Sunday morning, so no one was on the trails at all. This trail (or rather set of trails) was perfect for my current ability. And the area is beautiful. For the beginner its extremely nice to be able to exit at so many points on the trail and very well marked. The best trail markings I have seen. When I left there were quite a few walkers, joggers and hikers on their way into the park, so I expect it gets busy during the day on the weekends.

Granny Gear

March 22, 2016
Review: This trail is currently overrated on Singletracks. There is no way it should be #12 in the state or have a 4.5 rating. I think it's a great trail, don't get me wrong, but it is the sort of trail that you ride because it is nearby or you have your wife with you. In DFW alone, I would put Big Cedar, Sansom, Northshore, Boulder Park and possibly Oak Cliff above it. DV, Cleburne and Isle du Bois are also better.

This trail is a lot of fun. I ride it quite regularly, and it is a nice trail to bring a beginner/intermediate to. There isn't too much climbing, and most technical features are pretty tame. I think this is a really good trail, I just don't think it is deserving of the rating it currently has.

Btw, don't be fooled by the pictures above. I'm quite certain several of them were not taken at Horseshoe.

Similar Trail: Arbor Hills is probably the closest comparison. A lot of people also say Horseshoe is a mini version of Northshore, but I don't know if that's completely accurate.


Granny Gear

January 29, 2019
SlowMitch Granny Gear  
Review: Just to address the comments in the reviews questioning the posted pictures, Yes, all the pictures on this page are definitely of the Horseshoe trail.

Bunny Hop

September 27, 2015
rmandal Bunny Hop  
Review: Nice trail with good flow and just a few challenging climbs/obstacles. SportsTracker measured it to be less than 5 miles.

Granny Gear

May 4, 2015
pedroll Granny Gear  
Review: Take Note - the written directions and map on this site are misleading! The trailhead is off "Horseshoe Trail (Rd)" in "Oak Grove Park", which is on south shore of Grapevine Lake. That's all you need know to find it!

The trail is a blue square only because there are a few sections with treacherous rocks and really narrow spaces between trees. Otherwise, it's very manageable. Be mindful of the many hikers - which you can often see because the brush is not that thick. Lots of funs flowing "S" turns and chutes. Very well marked, thanks to DORBA. Go have a good ride!


December 28, 2014
Review: If you want a nice flowing trail or a good night ride trail, this is the place for you! There are some tougher obstacles that are found throughout the trail, but the trail tenders do a good job of creating ride-arounds. All in all, this is a good 5.5 mile trail with lots of different options.

Similar Trail: Northshore

Granny Gear

August 3, 2012
dsw73184 Granny Gear  
Review: Are the pictures of this trail accurate?

Granny Gear

May 13, 2012
cleankeys Granny Gear  
Review: My wife and I ride this together. It is a fun ride. And u can go hard and fast on it if u choose amd come away with a great workout.


April 3, 2011
theUfan Epic  
Review: A nice area wth some really good singletrack. the trail is mostly hard pack with slight elevation changes here and there. Some nice rock gardens and good views of the lake along the way. DORBA maintains the trail and has directional arrows all over the place so you cant get lost.

* Review edited 4/3/2011

Horseshoe MTB Trail 4.60 out of 5 based on 10 ratings. 10 user reviews.
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