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Must-Do Trails Around Mansfield

Jul 01, 2016 02:33PM ● By Melanie Heisinger

Flood Plain Boardwalk. Photo courtesy of the Elmer W. Oliver Nature Park website.

What's a better way to celebrate the beauty of Mansfield than to get outdoors? Mansfield has some lovely places to hike and explore, for hiking levels that range from beginner to expert. We've highlighted a few worth trying out. 

Sansom Red Trail

Sansom Red Trail is a 2.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Fort Worth, TX that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail. 

Moderate | 2.4 miles | 187 feet | Loop

Click here for directions. 

James McKnight Park Trail

James McKnight Park Trail is a 1.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mansfield, TX that features a river. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking and mountain biking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Beginner | 1.8 miles | 32 feet | Out & Back

Click here for more information and directions. 

Walnut Creek Linear Park

Phase 1 of the Walnut Creek Linear Park opened in January 2007 and consists of a 12-foot wide concrete trail that extends from Town Park to James McKnight Park East along Walnut Creek. The trail is 1.9 miles long and connects five parks, three neighborhoods and two schools.  Trail heads can be found at Town Park, Katherine Rose Memorial Park, Hardy Allmon Soccer Complex, Palm Court, James McKnight Park West and James McKnight Park East.

Beginner | 1.9 miles | Out & Back

Click here for more information and directions. 

Elmer W. Oliver Nature Park

Flood Plain Boardwalk.
Purchased from the Williams family in 2004, Oliver Nature Park is named after Elmer W. Oliver, a Mansfield resident and the original landowner. In 2010, the Mansfield Park Facilities Development Corporation and City Council hired a design firm to master plan the 80-acre property. 

Walkers, runners and all levels of hiking enthusiasts can surround themselves in nature with over one mile of crushed granite trail. As Mansfield’s only nature park, Oliver Nature Park offers unique classes and activities in which students and adults may participate. Additionally, this park is home to a variety of ecoregions, diverse plant and animal life, wildflowers and much more.

Beginner | Over 1 mile | Loop

here for more information and directions. 

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