If the thought of the Trinity River makes you turn up your nose in disgust, remember that it has been been cleaned up in recent years. It’s not perfect yet but it’s close and has some beautiful nature areas for canoeing.
Also important, it’s close to DFW and has some beautiful nature areas for canoeing and getting closer to your children, spouse, and nature.
Plus–it is a good place for you and your children to practice canoeing in preparation for a longer trip later in the year.
The Trinity River offers canoeing close to home. When flowing through Tarrant County, the West Fork of the Trinity River offers canoeing through wooded areas and the quiet of nature. When flowing through Dallas County, the river presents canoers a view of the Dallas skyline, then enters a heavily forested area in south Dallas County.
Two of many possible Trinity River canoe trips:
1. West Fork Trip: Put canoes in on Collins (Highway 157) in Arlington and take out on Belt Line just north of Highway 30.
2. Elm Fork Trip: Put in at Highway 121 south of Lake Lewisville; take your canoes out at Sandy Lake Road west of I-35.
The Brazos River and the Red River offer a chance to commune with nature, and yes, even overnight camping.