There are 35 different multi-use nature trail networks within a 2-hour drive of the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area. The lands where these trails are located are managed by 17 different municipal, state and federal governmental entities. What is the common thread between all of these trail networks and governmental land managers? They are all built, maintained and operated by non-profit mountain bike clubs operated by citizen volunteers just like the WMBC. If you’ve biked, hiked or enjoyed an outdoor experience on a multi-use nature trail in north Texas you have non-profit, all-volunteer mountain bike associations to thank. And when you are out there riding or hiking, please remember to follow the Rules of the Trail.
Quanah Hill is a 100-acre property managed through an agreement with the City of Weatherford and Weatherford Parks Department. Located in Parker County north of Interstate 20 and west of Lake Weatherford, the 7.1 mile trail climbs from a low elevation of 900 near the trailhead to 1040 at its highest point. The five trail names pay tribute to the people and places of Parker County. Quanah Hill has a beginner level Green Trail called Lost Boys Loop that is kid and beginner friendly. The Yellow Trail (1886), Blue Trail (Good Night, Good Luck) and Orange Trail (Bankhead Highway) are considered Intermediate level trails. The Red Trail (El Bandito) is considered an advanced level trail. MTB Project rates Quanah Hill as one of the Top 20 trails in Texas in overall satisfaction.
The Quanah Hill trailhead has parking available for approximately 45 vehicles, a bathroom and water. Trail users are asked to read the Rules of the Trail and take a photo of the trail map located on the trailhead kiosk. People on foot traverse the trail clockwise and bikers counter-clockwise.
Parking for Quanah Hill is located at 809 west Lake Drive, Weatherford, Texas (approximately 1/4 mile south of White Settlement Road).
The POA Trails are a stacked loop trail system of 7 connected trails inside a residential development in the City of Aledo. Located in Parker County about midway between Weatherford and Fort Worth, the approximately 10-mile trail winds through 100+ acres of scenic green space on either side of Bailey Ranch Road.
South of Bailey Ranch Road the existing POA Trails meander through 5 connected trails (Blue, Yellow, Green, Orange and Grey). 40 signs along the trail provide notices and reminders. Each loop has color-coded signage to direct the trail user. Each loop is one-way in a clockwise direction, except for the Blue Loop, which is counterclockwise. A color map of the trails and Rules of the Trail are posted at the Point Vista Drive kiosk adjacent to the Blue Trail entrance.
North of Bailey Ranch Road the POA Bluffs Trail are 2 connected trails (Red and Violet). 60 signs along the trail provide notices and reminders. A color map of the trails and Rules of the Trail are posted at the Jenkins Road kiosk adjacent to the Red Trail entrance. The trail runs counter-clockwise featuring sustained climbs and descents, exposure to steep drops, rock gardens and creeks. Trail users are required to have an elevated level of skill to recreate the trail.
Trail users are required to read the Rules of the Trails before recreating on the trails. It’s a GREAT idea to take a photo of the trail map if this is your first visit to the POA Trails.
There are 3 bailout trails along the Bluffs Red Trail that will direct you back to the Jenkins Road trailhead parking lot.
Please cross Bailey Ranch Road at the Jenkins Road or Highland Avenue crosswalks. The sidewalk along the west side of Bailey Ranch Road is two-way. Please do not jaywalk!
Emergency Medical Technician points are along all the trails. They are noted by a red trail marker in alphabetical order, letter A thru P along the POA Trails and letter AA thru RR along the POA Bluffs Trail. Should you require medical assistance along the trail, call 911. Give the dispatch operator your location (EMT AA, for instance). Aledo Fire/EMS has a KMZ file of the POA Trails and all EMT locations. Follow their instructions. This EMT system is in use at Quanah Hill and the Western Heritage Park Trail.
PARKING NOTICE: Parking isNOT allowed on Point Vista Drive.
Primary Trailhead Parking is at 1700 Jenkins Road (just west of Bailey Ranch Road). See trail map for location.
On Saturday and Sunday ONLY: Trail users may park at the First Aledo Bank (900 Bailey Ranch Road). See trail map for location.
The WHP Trail is an approximately 4.35-mile loop consisting of 4 primary trails (Orange, Green, Blue and Red). There is a two-way roadway/trail (Orange) that bisects the park. Additionally, there are bypass trails (Yellow) to divert bikers from and to the more difficult trails.
The Western Heritage Park Trail (WHP Trail) is located at 3051 North Oak Avenue (approximately 1.6 miles north of downtown). There is parking available for approximately 20-25 vehicles. If the parking area is full you may park in the overflow parking on Shattles Road (which is directly across the street from the park entrance). Parking on Shattles Road is in the grass on the north side of the road. Please do not block Shattles Road as it does serve residences. The trailhead kiosk is adjacent to and west of the park parking area. Please read the Rules of the Trail and Trail Map on the kiosk. It is a good idea to take a photo of the trail map until you become familiar with the routes.
The goal of the Western Heritage Park Trail is to bring mountain biking to a new community. The terrain of Palo Pinto County is unlike what many riders experience in the DFW area. We hope that the mountain bike community will embrace the technically challenging trails of Western Heritage Park Trails, grow confidence in riding them and above all, have fun.
The Pit is a kids Mountain Bike Skills area and trail located at 104 Robinson Street in downtown Aledo. It consists of small rollers, berms, rock gardens and bridges suitable for kids and beginners and includes an 1,800 linear foot singletrack trail that meanders around the community center property and nearby creek. The Pit was entirely built with volunteer effort and cooperation with area businesses and citizens that provided services, materials, and funding. The Aledo Community Center has plenty of parking, a fantastic playground, a pavilion, nearby restaurants, coffee shops and stores.