Take a Hike Twin Coves Park
Twin Coves Park Northshore Trail This dirt trail offers a lake view and gorgeous sunset strolls, Aguirre says. Large rocks and tree roots provide challenge and interest. Hike all the way to the pier across from the Twin Coves Marina. You’ll likely see white egrets, blue herons and other birds, deer and wildflowers. Where: 5001 Wichita Trail, Flower Mound Length: 4.25 miles Difficulty: Moderate
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Murrell Park Northshore Trail at MADD Shelter A beautiful bamboo forest on part of the trail makes you feel as if you are in Vietnam or another country, Aguirre says. It’s a loop, and if you add another quarter mile, you can walk to the Twin Coves Marina and have a delightful meal at Rockin’ S Bar and Grill or just enjoy watching nature, the lake and the sunset. Where: 4542 Green Oaks Drive in Flower Mound Length: 2.75 miles Difficulty: Easy to moderate
Stone Creek Park Purple Coneflower Trail Stone Creek “makes you feel as if you are walking along the Colorado River,” Aguirre says. “When you hear the water gushing and enjoy the greenery all around and even cross the stones, you have a different feel versus being in a neighborhood park.” It’s also a photographers’ heaven. Where: 1400 Fuqua, Flower Mound Length: 4.5 miles Stone Creek Park Difficulty: Easy
Photos courtesy of Doris Aguirre
he satisfying crunch of dirt and leaves underfoot, the song of birds and quiet pathways beckon hiking enthusiasts to Denton County’s many delightful trails. “Hiking is a stress reliever,” says Doris Aguirre, aka “Doris the hiker,” who leads the 1,500-member Hiking Friends and Fun Denton, Lewisville, Flower Mound meetup. “It feels great to be in the outdoors.” She’s made fast friends through her six years of weekly hikes and notes the beautiful scenery, interesting wildlife, wildflowers, glorious sunsets and rigorous exercise as incentives to keep exploring. Here’s your guide to a few of Denton County’s most popular and unique trails, starting with Aguirre’s top three. For more options, download the AllTrails app or join a local meetup.