As you make your way up 377 north, you’ll feel like you are headed to the middle of nowhere – and you’re mostly right. Farm land and wide open pastures are the scenery you’ll find yourself in as you pull into the Knob Hills trail head parking area.
In the outer suburbs of Fort Worth, Texas, land development has been slow to catch on. Fortunately for those who like to mountain bike, that provides for plenty of options for off road fun. One such opportunity for fun is the Knob Hills Trail just north of the small town of Roanoke, Texas. As you make your way up 377 north, you’ll feel like you are headed to the middle of nowhere – and you’re mostly right. Farm land and wide open pastures are the scenery you’ll find yourself in as you pull into the trail head parking area.
What Makes It Great
The relative remoteness of the trailhead keep a lot of the population from traveling to this mountain bike trail. Unlike its sister trails Northshore and Horseshoe, this trail doesn’t start in a busy town, and isn’t that easy to get to. If you do have the time to make the trip, however, you’ll be rewarded with nearly 12 miles of well-marked mountain biking bliss. Even on a beautiful Saturday, it’s unlikely you’ll see more than a few handfuls of people. Because of this you’re able to fully take advantage of the features of the trail.
After kicking off the trail on some flat sandy path, you’ll plunge into some canopy laden goodness. The trail turns into a rocky, root covered maze as it makes its way towards Denton Creek. The views near the creek are gorgeous, and the bank slopes slowly towards the water. Taking a break here, you’re sure to see some wildlife on this remote portion of the trail. Towards the middle section, you’ll come to a long flat – and rather straight section. This is a great opportunity to catch some hair blowing speed, especially if the weather has kept the trail hard packed. The outer reaches of the trail take you back into the forest giving you another opportunity to score a glimpse of some wild life.
Who is Going to Love It
Beginner and Intermediate riders will enjoy hours of heart pounding fun on the Knob Hills Trail. Because of its relative flatness and medium length distance, it’s a great ride for someone just getting into the sport. Riders beware though, two way traffic is a danger that needs to be watched out for on this out-and-back style trail. Snakes are also common place on the trail, so awareness is a must if you’re planning on riding the length of the path. Aside from mountain biking, hikers and fisherman are commonplace here, as the creek and forest provide for a quick getaway for the small town folk who live near the trailhead.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
From Hwy 114, take 377 north out of Roanoke for around 3 miles. The trailhead will appear on the right (East) side of the road and is well marked. From 35W or anywhere in Flower Mound, take FM1171 to the 377 intersection. Head south for less than a mile and the trailhead will be on the east side. Parking is free here, and there is plenty of it.
Enjoy the scenery and remember to always wear a helmet!