A true gem has been uncovered at Trophy Club Park, thanks to the dedicated members of the Trails Subcommittee! Trophy Club residents and visitors now have access to a large, white sandy beach located at the end of a peninsula on Grapevine Lake – and the trail leading to the beach is as fantastic as the beach itself. This recently cleared one-mile long trail takes visitors to a beautiful oasis, which until now was not easily inaccessible except by boat.
"The Beach Trail", as users have affectionately named it, is the latest trail to open at Trophy Club Park. A unique aspect to the trail comes from its location, as it winds through the heart of the Grapevine Flood Plain and is only accessible when the lake is one foot or more below the "normal" lake level. Using the trail at the normal lake level and above would require serious rubber boots! Given the nature of this flood plain, it is common for the lake level to vary by over 10 feet through the course of a typical year, so please check the Grapevine Lake level at www.trophyclubpark.com and use your best judgment.
The white sand beach is very safe due to the gradual drop of the lake bottom and because it is free of debris and stumps. Packing a picnic and swim suit to take a dip in the lake, especially during the hot Texas summer months, is an inexpensive and fun way to escape the hustle and bustle in town. There are no bathroom facilities at the beach so make sure to plan accordingly. Please remember to respect the environment by leaving both the trail and beach cleaner than you found it – preservation is essential for everyone to enjoy this special place!
The trail is an easy walk, but the natural dirt path is not suitable for tricycles, carriages, or strollers, but off road bicycles for older children are welcome. Most of the walk is under the tree canopy, which provides a unique experience for hikers as they make their way to and from the beach. For protection, it is highly recommended that visitors wear a hat and comfortable shoes, bring plenty of water to drink, sunscreen for the beach and have insect repellant in case it's needed. A camera and binoculars will help capture all the wonderful flora and fauna along the trail; otherwise, relax and let your eyes and ears absorb this natural treasure!
The Beach Trail is part of the Nature Preserve, and a variety of wildlife can be seen along the hike. The cardinal is probably the most common bird sighted, but woodpeckers, road runners (usually seen on the park road), great blue herons, snowy egrets and turkey vultures (circling high above the trees) are also quite common. Depending on the time of year, users may also see ducks and wild turkeys (and yes they can fly), as well as white tail deer and feral hogs (both are usually seen early in the morning). Also, depending on the time of year, there are a variety of butterflies, wild flowers, and flowering vines located in the middle of this rustic environment ready to have their picture taken!
The two most common trees are the cottonwood and the black willow. Both of these trees provide an opportunity to walk on nature's white carpet; the cottonwood in early summer and the black willow in mid summer. Most of the canopy is provided by smaller younger black willows. This fast growing, multi-stalk tree has an interesting characteristic in that it has the ability for the branches to grow back into the ground.
The Beach Trail and White Sandy Beach are a “must do” if visiting Trophy Club Park or looking for a fun outdoor adventure. To access the trail head, enter Trophy Club Park and follow the park road taking the first left and then a right at the ‘T’. Follow the road to the very end where parking is available at the last picnic area (12). You can also access the Beach Trail from the Old Bridge Trail by taking the brand new Fenceline Trail.
As the map indicates, the western section (beginning) of the trail has two options: a southern route is more out in the open on higher ground (this option will also connect you to the Fenceline Trail) and the other route is closer to the shoreline and totally under the tree canopy. At the end of the trail users can either stay on the trail, which follows the higher ground to the end of the peninsula, or step off the trail onto the shoreline wherever the lake level permits.