Lake Lewisville Environmental Learning Area - Hiking

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Summary

In the heart of the metroplex on the southern edge of Lake Lewisville there is a protected area open to the public for hiking, camping, and other outdoor recreation. Fishing, hiking, camping, paddling, and biking are all activities that are enjoyed within the park limits.

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Aaron Stavinoha

Distance

4.0 miles

There are 4 miles of trails here; individual trails range from less than a 1/2 mile to just over 2 miles.

Destination Distance From Downtown

23.6 miles

Difficulty

1 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

1 hours

One to a few hours (or overnight).

Seasonality

All Seasons

Dog Friendly

No

Fees Permits

Yes

Entrance fee into the Environmental Area is $5.00 a person. Camping is $10.00 per site, and they only allow 10 people / 2 tents per camp site.

Review

Intro

In the heart of the metroplex on the southern edge of Lake Lewisville there is a protected area open to the public for hiking, camping, and other outdoor recreation. In an effort by The University of North Texas and several other government groups the area has been maintained and groomed to allow for educational hikes and outdoor fun. With the Elm Fork of the Trinity River running through the center of the park, much of the park’s activities center around the natural beauty of this waterway.

What Makes It Great

Directly below the dam, this park provides access to Lake Lewisville and its surrounding environment. Fishing, hiking, camping, paddling, and biking are all activities that are enjoyed within the park limits.

Although there is much to explore on your own, LLELA maintains and has marked four main trails with over 4 miles to hike through. Most of the trails consist of soft dirt meandering through hardwood forest, however, each one has something unique to offer the nature lover. The cottonwood trail is located on the east side of the park, and takes you through thick forest as well as open prairie. You’ll pass several streams during the wet season, and ultimately skirt Beaver Pond. This trail provides many opportunities for bird watchers as it cuts in and out of the two environments. There is an old log cabin that can be visited, and tours are available upon request.

The Redwood Trail is very similar to the Cottonwood trail in the things you’ll see. This trail parallels the Elm Fork Trinity River and provides access to fishing and the water’s edge. On the eastern side of the park is the Bittern Marsh Trail. This trail is unique in the fact that it provides wetland views not commonly found in other parks. Unique wetland birds are often observed in this area, and there are several nature blinds to sit at in discretion.

Who is Going to Love It

The natural areas provided in LLELA are a nature lover’s paradise. With the multitude of options for people to explore, you’re sure to see many animals during a typical day. Camping is available on the weekends, and consist of primitive tent pads suitable for a moderate sized group. For those looking to supplement their hike through the forest, the ponds, river, and lake nearby provide access to fishing and paddling.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

From Dallas, take I35E north until you reach the City of Lewisville. Take exit 454A north of Main St in Lewisville, and head east for approximately 4 miles. This road will run directly into the park entrance. Entrance fee into the Environmental Area is $5.00 a person.

Camping costs $10.00 per site, and they only allow 10 people / 2 tents per camp site. Camping is available on Friday/Saturday nights only.

NOTE: Due to the flooding in spring 2015, some trails/campgrounds may be closed. Visit the LLELA website for more information.

Location

Lake Lewisville Environmental Learning Area - Hiking

1801 N Mill St.
Lewisville, TX, 75057
33.069373, -97.00814

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