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Lake Grapevine, Texas, at sunrise



Just north of Dallas, you will find Lake Grapevine, one of Texas’ best recreational areas. Thanks to its proximity (it’s only about 30 minutes away), it’s a great destination for a fun-filled day away from the grind.

Here are a few ideas to help you plan your next Lake Grapevine getaway.

Plan a Day on the Water

If you’re a fan of water sports, head over to Lonestar Adventure Sports. There, you can rent one- and two-person kayaks or stand-up paddle boards. If you’re new to kayaking, have no fear – they only rent out sit-on-top kayaks, which are much safer and easier for beginners than the traditional sit-insides. They’ll also give you a paddling demonstration to make sure you’re ready to hop onto the water and start exploring. You’ll also get a life jacket, waterproof map, and safety whistle to make your day as safe as possible.

They also offer a Friday Night Sunset Paddle Tour, which is a great way to spend time with a friend or significant other, as well as to meet other people while enjoying the sights of the lake. This event includes complimentary beverages.

Explore the Trails

Lake Grapevine features over 16 miles of trail, some of which are multi-use – perfect for those who love to hike or bike. You can bring your own bicycle or rent one from Lonestar Adventure Sports. Or just lace up your boots and head out. The North Shore Trail is famous for being one of the best hiking spots in the Dallas-Fort Worth region. It’s the perfect way to spend a day, with 9.5 miles to cover, some of which takes you right along the shoreline of the lake.

Or enjoy one of the shorter trails, most of which are less than two miles long, including Meadowmere Park, C Shane Wilbanks, Dove Loop, and Oak Grove trails. And don’t forget to check out all the little paths and trails that are unmarked which wind through the area.

Pack a Picnic

With eight day-use parks in the area that are free, or charge a minimal fee, a picnic day is absolutely in order. Try Katie’s Woods, Meadowmere, or Oak Grove parks for plenty of covered picnic benches and stunning views of the water.

Follow the Olympus Town Center blog for more ideas on how to enjoy life in Texas.