Upon entering the front gates and heading towards the water, it immediately hits you where this beautiful park gets its name. Sloping down towards the lake, you’ll see sheer rock ledges with hues of red, brown and orange streaking the sides.
Plopped right in the middle of two large cities, you’ll find the City of Grapevine. An old agricultural center, Grapevine has done a fantastic job of keeping its city limits green. Holding a large number of parks within a small area, Grapevine is known to many around as a great place to get outdoors. Arguably one of Grapevine’s best parks, Rockledge Park is situated on the northeastern edge of the city and straddles the banks of Lake Grapevine.
What Makes It Great
Upon entering the front gates and heading towards the water, it immediately hits you where this beautiful park gets its name. Sloping down towards the lake, you’ll see sheer rock ledges with hues of red, brown and orange streaking the sides. Rocky outcrops jut into the lapping shoreline and weave up North and West, creating a stunning backdrop for photographers.
Following the road along to the right of the park entrance, you’ll come to a bathroom and rest area. Here is where the trail officially starts. For Trail Runners, the magnitude of the place hits you the moment you step onto the trail. There are two options for you at this point depending on what mood you’re in. Taking the low route, you’ll weave along the rock ledges that follow the lake’s shoreline. Packed dirt and sand, along with pebbles and rocks is what characterizes this path. On a hot day, the ever present breeze off the water will keep you cool as you pound the trail.
Take the high route, and you’ll find yourself above the cliffs of the lake entering the forest. Gentle slopes and plenty of switchbacks will take you to the southern tip of the famous Northshore trail. Follow the signs from here and you have the option to complete the almost 10 mile loop of the Eastern portion of the trail.
Who is Going to Love It
Trail runners who enjoy a moderate challenge and have an eye for photography will be drawn to this park. Sweeping views of Lake Grapevine paired with the colorful cliffs diving into the water will keep you snapping pictures for the entirety of your run. While the trail can be relatively flat, there are portions where it takes steep pitches down sandy trails towards the water. For this reason, beginners should use extreme caution while running near the rock ledges. Enthusiasts will enjoy this park on a regular basis, with plenty of miles to run and different sceneries to keep their interest level piqued.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
From Hwy 114 or Hwy 121, take the exit for Northwest Hwy/Hwy 26. Find Fairway Drive, and take this road north until you find yourself driving across the Grapevine Lake Dam. When the dam ends, the entrance to the park will be immediately on your left. Entrance into the park is $5.00 per car, but it’s worth it for the views you will see upon entry. Hours are from 8am to sunset, staying open late on Fridays during firework season. Dogs are allowed, but required to be on a leash at all times.