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Enjoy the Outdoors in Denton

by on November 15, 2010

Photo Credit Donna Douglas

Spend a weekend getaway enjoying the great outdoors in Denton, Texas. Denton has over 20 diverse parks and trails that are perfect for hiking, biking or walking. View the entire Parks and Trails Listing, there is something for everyone!

Emerge yourself in nature and visit the Clear Creek Trails just a few minutes from Denton’s historic town square. Clear Creek features 10 miles of trails that are a part of the 2700 acre nature preserve. The trails will take you though the prairie land, into flourishing ash, willow, bois d’arc and cottonwood forests alongside the Elm Fork of the Trinity River, through the grasslands into the wetlands area pond then you can follow the Rookery trail and view over 200 species of birds. The rare bottomland habitat of Clear Creek is open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Learn about the night’s sky in the unique 100 seat, 40-foot domed Sky Theater on the University of North Texas Campus. The Sky Theater is similar to the Omni Theater in Forth Worth but on a smaller more intimate scale. The theater features a variety of educational and entertaining shows every Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Visit the UNT Astronomy website for details on what’s currently playing.

After you are well rested night in one of Denton’s hotels, get out and enjoy some more fresh air. Get active and go hiking on another beautiful Denton trail but plan to participate in another activity that makes Denton truly unique, The Horse Country Tours. Spend a relaxing day in the rolling farmland of North Texas visiting horse ranches, real cowboys and ranch hands.

North Texas Horse Country is one of the largest concentrations of horse farms in the United States. The Denton Convention and Visitor’s Bureau offers guided tours in a luxury motor coach four times a year, or you can use driving routes and maps to plan your own self driving tour.

Get on the saddle and ride through the wilderness. Black Mustang Ranch and Twin Star Farms offer horseback riding through the wooded and lakeside scenery around Lake Ray Roberts. Bring your camera as you explore nature because you may run into a few deer, coyotes, and armadillos.

If you don’t get enough time to explore on horseback, you can make a separate trip to spend the day at Lake Ray Roberts. This 30,000-acre lake has two state parks, and is perfect for backpacking, water sports, swimming, boating and fishing. The Ray Roberts Marina has a fishing pier with boat rental. The lake area also features the Greenbelt Corridor – a 20-mile scenic trail that begins at the Ray Roberts Dam and ends at the headwaters of Lake Lewisville. The trail is great for hiking and biking, and canoe and kayak rentals are available by calling 817-228-9496.

While planning to spend some time outdoors in Denton make sure to check the interactive Parks and Recreation Catalog on pages 32 – 33 for other outdoor events that may be going on.

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