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Level: Intermediate
Length: 5 mi (8 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +309/ -280 ft
Total: 158 riders

Mountain Biking Horseshoe

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#23 of 277 mountain bike trails in Texas
#801 in the world

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.

First added by lutherphi on Jun 18, 2006. Last updated May 10, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: yes
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: yes
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
If you are coming in from Dallas on hwy 114 or 635. If you are on 635 west, come out to 121,take 121 to 114 west and exit at William D Tate Ave and turn right. If you are coming in on hwy 121 from Fort Worth you still exit William D Tate Ave. If coming in on 114 from Roanoke you still exit at William D Tate and turn left. Go up William D Tate to Northwest hwy (Hwy 26)and turn left, go to the next red light, which is Dove Road (there is a PDQ on the corner), and turn right. Go up Dove Rd and it turns into Dove Loop at the next red light. Keep heading north - 1 mile on your left you will see a sign that says McPherson Sough and turn left, come down till you see restrooms on your right and that is the trailhead and where to park. (Use the address "Horseshoe Trail, Grapevine Tx, 76051" to locate the main trailhead on your GPS)
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  • ElephantAvery

    It is a good trail going up and down most of the way
    Yes all the pictures are from the trail

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  • SlowMitch

    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.

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  • SlowMitch

    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.

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  • Mark Meyer

    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.

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  • rmandal

    Nice trail with good flow and just a few challenging climbs/obstacles. SportsTracker measured it to be less than 5 miles.

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  • pedroll

    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!

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  • I_Speek_W00kie

    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.

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  • dsw73184

    Are the pictures of this trail accurate?

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  • cleankeys

    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.

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  • IdahoLife   ✓ supporter

    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

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