Daniel is a copywriter who has well and truly been bitten alive by the 'travel bug'. After ticking off several North American National Parks and exploring Europe by train, his sights are now set on South East Asia. Usually with at least one camera locked and loaded, you'll find Daniel wherever there are mountains, lakes or beaches.
Looking to escape the city and immerse yourself in nature? Not far from Fort Worth, you’ll find an amazing variety of scenic lakes just begging to be explored. Offering a mix of water-based activities, picturesque trails, and unique local charm, these lakeside destinations make for an ideal visit any time of the year.
Built in 1914 for both water supply and recreation, Lake Worth is an 8-mile trip from downtown Fort Worth. Not only can you enjoy all sorts of water-based fun, but the area is home to a supposed mythical creature! The “Lake Worth Monster” was first sighted in the summer of 1969 (surprisingly, it didn’t get a reference in Bryan Adam’s no. 1 hit) and is believed to be part goat, part fish, part man. So, make sure to pack your binoculars to see if you can catch a glimpse of this legendary local resident!
Grapevine Lake, located just 20 miles northeast of Fort Worth, sprawls across 8,000 acres, making it an ideal spot for water activities like boating, water skiing, and paddle boarding. Beyond the water, Grapevine Lake’s rolling shoreline and extensive wilderness trails provide visitors with top-notch hiking and biking experiences in North Texas.
Eagle Mountain Lake
About 30 minutes north of Fort Worth, you’ll find Eagle Mountain Lake, an 8,694-acre playground perfect for outdoor escapades. From fishing, skiing, and wakeboarding to exploration trails within Eagle Mountain Park, the picturesque hills and bluffs serve as the perfect backdrop for any adventure.
Benbrook Lake, positioned in picturesque hills a short 10-mile drive from downtown Fort Worth, serves as a water sports haven with several boat ramps for easy access. The surrounding parks offer camping, hunting, horseback riding at Benbrook Stables, and, on those windy days, kiteboarding over the lake’s waves.
White Rock Lake
Located 40 miles from Fort Worth, White Rock Lake doesn’t disappoint those seeking an escape into nature. With a 9.33-mile trail for hikers and venues like the Dallas Arboretum and the Bath House Cultural Center, it offers a unique combination of nature and culture.
With 29,000 acres and 233 miles of shoreline, Lewisville Lake is one the largest lakes in North Texas. It offers a huge variety of activities, ranging from fishing and skiing to swimming and boating. With its attractive beaches, campgrounds, hiking and biking trails, and golf courses, Lewisville Lake is a must-visit destination for outdoor lovers!
Possum Kingdom Lake
An 80-mile drive west of Fort Worth will take you to the majestic Possum Kingdom Lake. Perfect for fishing and recreational boating, its striking cliffs and clear blue waters also attract scuba divers and snorkelers. For those who prefer land-based pursuits, the many trails around the gorgeous lake make for great hiking or biking adventures. Plus, both Possum Kingdom State Park and the parks managed by the Brazos River Authority offer top-notch camping experiences.
A 37,879-acre wildlife haven, Lake Tawakoni is home to deer, feral hogs, snakes, raccoons, bobcats, and over 200 bird species. It offers plenty of activities, from boating, fishing, and swimming to hiking and mountain biking. Surrounding towns mean you’re never far from some shopping and dining, while the park’s amphitheater hosts great events year-round.
Lavon Lake, a whopping 21,400 acres body of water, has a wealth of activities across its 16 parks, 244 picnic sites, and 238 campsites. Whether swimming, camping, fishing, skiing, or boating, there’s something for everyone. The 25-mile Trinity Trail is a standout feature, offering a serene horseback riding experience where hikers are also welcome.
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