Here’s a list of a dozen fun things you can do along Fort Worth's Trinity Trails.
1. Panther Island Pavilion
From downtown, follow Taylor Street north to the Trinity River. You’ll find Panther Island Pavilion, a scenic venue on the Trinity River with the beautiful downtown Fort Worth skyline as a backdrop. The venue houses multiple stages including the only waterfront stage in Texas. Festivals, concerts and the Panther Island Boat Tours launch from here when in normal operating season (closed for COVID).
2. Water Rentals from Backwoods
Backwoods Paddlesports at Panther Island Rentals is part of the pavilion setup, allowing you to rent paddle boards, canoes and kayaks to explore the river. Make sure to reserve your rental online in advance. No walk-ups accepted.
3. Meet Ripley
A statue of Fort Worth’s founder stands next to Panther Island Pavilion. Be sure to pay your respects and learn about the city’s founder (who rode his share of trails, no doubt).
Fort Worth offers some 100+ miles of continuous paved trails for getting some exercise or just a pleasant stroll. Dogs are welcomed as long as they’re on a leash. You can use the paths to explore the city and access the other venues on this list. Read up on the latest trail updates here.
5. Horse Trails
You can check out the river 19th-century style on more than 40 miles of equestrian trails. Four trailheads offer parking space for horse trailers.
6. Coyote Drive-In
A little ways northeast of Panther Island Pavilion, you can watch movies from your own car. Coyote shows double features every night, and, yes, you can ride your bike (or horse) to the venue - they have standalone speakers waiting for you (cars use their FM radios).
7. Panther Island Brewing
Riding trails and enjoying the outdoors is thirsty work. Luckily, Panther Island Brewing sits close to the river near Coyote Drive-In. The taproom is open daily for curbside pick-up.
8. Crystelle Waggoner Trailhead
Where the river passes underneath University Drive, you’ll find good eats. Chef Tim Love opened the Woodshed Smokehouse a few steps off the trail serving all things grilled, roasted and slow-cooked.
If you want a break from riding/walking, or just want to sit and watch other people exercising, check out the collection of shops at restaurants facing the waterfront at WestBend: HG SPLY, Bartaco and Popbar.
10. Fort Worth Zoo and Log Cabin Village
You can use the trail to access some of Fort Worth’s signature attractions like the Zoo and Log Cabin Village. Riding your bike - or renting a from Fort Worth Bike Share - is a great way to avoid parking fees and traffic. Exit the trail at University Drive to reach them.
11. The Trailhead Clearfork
Just east of Bryant Irvin, by the Chisholm Trail Parkway (yep, named after a trail), you’ll encounter a hub of activity. Saturday mornings, you’ll find a farmer’s market and free fitness classes. Get a new ride at Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop or fuel up for a trail excursion at Press Cafe.
Cachers have stored a number of geocaches along the trails. The TRWD Trinity Trails Geocaching Adventure GeoTour lets you seek them. The boxes are well-distributed throughout the city, so this activity provides a good excuse to explore spots you’ve never been.