On a recent Saturday, John and I made a last-minute decision to set aside our work for a few hours and escape the house for a walk. We chose Fort Worth’s Oakmont Park as our destination largely because of the park’s proximity to our house. It also is featured in our 60 Hikes within 60 Miles of Dallas/Fort Worth book, which has been a reliable source of nearby walking spots.
Oakmont Park has two natural elements highly in its favor: trees and proximity to water. My current neighborhood is newer, and therefore sadly bereft of trees. It was a nice change of pace to have to crane my neck in order to see to the tree tops. I also loved crossing the multiple bridges in the park, especially when turtles and fish could be spotted in the river below.
The trail, apart from the one area pictured above, is paved. I prefer walking on dirt trails, but the paved one was wide and accommodated multiple users at once. The latter is of note because the trails at Oakmont Park are linked to the larger Trinity River Trail system, so it was not uncommon to have a biker go whizzing past us, presumably on a longer trek than we were accomplishing on foot. Luckily, many of the bikers gave warning of their approach and were willing to share the trail.
We spent about 1.5 hours at the park, walking from one end to the other and back in that time. It was an easy, flat hike – perfect for a quiet afternoon stroll. I look forward to visiting Oakmont Park again soon!