STARTING THE WALK
The first day after a rain in North Texas is extraordinary. The wind gently tugs at my hat as I walk along the trail. The rain has washed the air clean and everything smells fresh. There are puddles which I carefully bypass so as to avoid soaking my feet. The grass crunches softly as if there were small chunks of ice from the night before.
The creek whispers quietly beneath the bridge as I cross over it. I smell the rich loamy fragrance of damp earth at the base of the trees and the sunshine warms my face, and I feel very warm even though the temperature is only 65°F.
QUIET AND SERENE
Less than a mile away the traffic on Grapevine Highway carries people going to their chosen destinations at unheard of speeds. The trail beckons as I begin my walk along the North Electric Trail which connects to Walker’s Creek Trail half a mile away leading to a tranquil, unhurried stroll beneath tree lined paths connecting to peaceful bridges, and flowered paths with gentle breezes. On occasion you will see a biker or two coming toward you and the birds in the trees sing a song of joy to all who pass beneath their branches. At other moments, a father and his son walk by enjoying the smell of the grass and sunshine. I am a California Transplant and I am one who enjoys nature and its offerings. Before relocating to Texas in April of 2018 to be with the woman who would be by wife, I spent many hours in serene scenic areas of Southern California soaking in the beauty surrounding me there. I wondered then if I would ever find another area that gave me as much serenity as those locations. I found it here in North Texas not even half a mile from our apartment.
WALKER’S CREEK TRAIL: Walker’s Creek Trail was completed in 2006 and upon its completion found itself unfolding a manageable 2.8 miles end to end, connecting to two other trails (The Cotton Belt Trail and The North Electric Trail) which lead into popular recreational areas such as Walker’s Creek Park, Dick Faram Park, and NRH20 water park. You can also step off the trail and explore the beautiful tree lined streets of North Richland Hills.
If ambition is your goal then you may want to stretch your legs a little further and walk the entire trail. If you choose a more leisurely stroll, opt for a shorter route looping less than a mile. On either of these routes you will find yourself passing by a fishing dock and a wildlife preserve area which was preserved by the Army Corps of Engineers “…as a condition of wetland mitigation due to development of the trail.” At night residents may hear the howl of the coyotes in the area adding to the trail’s mystique.
ENDING THE WALK
The sun warms me as I make my way back over the bridge at Riverdale Drive looking south over the Lake with the wind whipping my hat as I stand on the bridge. I see fountains in the lakes and the walkways where families with children in strollers, youngsters on bicycles and couples hand-in-hand would casually walk. My mind wanders to the places in California where I felt close to nature and I instantly forget them as I feel drawn into the beauty of this pacific and calm trail so close to our new home.
Walker’s Creek Trail
8403 Emerald Hills Way
North Richland Hills, TX 76180
Please call 817-427-6620 for more information.
Hours: The trail is open one hour before sunrise, closed one hour after sunset.
Roger P. Gay
Short Bio: I have been writing off and on since 2015. I have two books in process. I have always had dreams of going to the Alamo. I started as a Travel Writer on May 9, 2020 with the idea of traveling to all fifty states discovering what each state has to offer.
Riverdale Bridge at the End of the Walk