The Great Outdoors

Flower Mound Offers Myriad Activities for Nature Enthusiasts

The sun is shining, and the weather is warm, which means it’s time to explore the great outdoors! Our area is filled with trails, fishing holes and other natural treasures to make this summer a grand adventure.

Hit the Trails

Flower Mound’s trail system has grown from three miles in 1989 to more than 59 miles of hiking and biking routes. Some trails are located within individual parks, and others comprise a series of trail systems connecting through parks along natural greenway corridors or subdivisions.

A favorite among local hikers and especially mountain bikers is Northshore Trail, located at 2908 North Park Drive. The moderately challenging 18-mile route meanders along Grapevine Lake and offers forest and water views.

The Cross Timbers Equestrian Trail is a favorite with horseback riders. The 6.5-mile trail is considered moderately challenging and typically takes around two hours to complete. And best of all, it’s a quiet route with not much foot traffic.

The Equestrian Trail includes lake views and wildflowers, but be careful – visitors say some spots can get muddy.

Go Fishing

Flower Mound has multiple stocked ponds where residents are allowed to fish. They include Amy Lane Park Pond, Cortadera Park Pond, Heritage Park Pond, Leonard and Helen Johns Park Pond, Parker Square Park Pond, Post Oak Park Pond, Rheudasil Park Pond, Spring Lake Park Pond and Wilkerson Park Pond.

Some of the species available in local ponds include largemouth bass, channel catfish, bullhead catfish, bluegill, sunfish and rainbow trout.

While the town does not require a permit to fish in park ponds, the State of Texas requires anyone 17 or older to have a fishing license. Licenses can be purchased at local sporing goods stores or online.

Flower Mound allows anglers to keep what they catch, but they must adhere to state size and bag limits depending on the species of fish. More information is available at flower-mound.com.

Spend Time with Man’s Best Friend

Grab your pup and head to the Hound Mound Dog Park, the town’s five-acre canine paradise, located on the east side of Heritage Park. Enjoy natural shade, seating areas, water fountains, beautiful landscaping and the camaraderie of other dog enthusiasts. But be sure to follow the dog park rules and etiquette. Visit flower-mound.com for more information.

Become a Student of Nature

Visit LLELA and become totally immersed in nature. Known as the 2600-acre classroom, LLELA is the quintessential outdoor experience. Visitors can enjoy myriad recreational activities, including hiking, birding, wildlife viewing, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, picknicking and guided activities.

LLELA’s mission is “to heal the land and restore the bond between people and nature, ensuring the preservation of our natural heritage for the future.”

For a list of events and activities, visit LLELA.org. LLELA is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week and entry costs only $5 per vehicle.

Hit the Links

For the golfing enthusiasts, a favorite among locals is Bridlewood Golf Club. The 25-acre course is woven through the beautiful Bridlewood neighborhood and is designed to challenge all skill levels.

The course was designed to accentuate the rolling terrain and trees without disturbing them. The result is an open feeling front nine with hardwoods and Timber Creek meandering through the back nine. For more information, visit bridlewoodgolf.com. 

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