Fish Creek Linear Park Trail, Arlington

One of the nicest ways to enjoy the Morning is bike rides with the family.  We love exploring new places to ride!   The Fish Creek Linear Park trail in Arlington stretches from Cravens Park at Matlock and Cravens Park Dr (the trailhead is actually in front of the Boys & Girls Club), and flows east alongside it’s namesake, Fish Creek, for 4 miles, before going under Hwy 360 into Grand Prairie for another 3 miles.

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Know Before You Go

The trailhead is at Matlock and Cravens Park Dr (in front of the Boys and Girls Club), but we park at Cravens Park and ride around the volleyball court to get on the trail.

Don’t forget to bring plenty of water and use sunscreen.

The wide trail is shared with runner, cyclist and even families out for strolls.  It’s a perfect place to ride with younger children who may not be ready to handle riding on streets.  Since the entire trail is paved and mostly flat, it’s also perfect for little ones who are still riding on training wheels.

There is only one street crossing on the entire 7 mile trail, soon after leaving Cravens Park.




Cravens Park

There is plenty of parking at Cravens Park, which also has tennis, basketball and sand volleyball courts, baseball fields, a nice playground, even a small pond for fishing!

If you park on the west end of the park, you can access the trail by riding around the volleyball court, then take a left onto the trail.

From the east end of the park, just take the trail and take the left immediately after the fish pond.


It’s really an incredibly scenic ride, much of it along wooded areas.  We were able to hear cricket frogs chirping from the creek as we rode over the bridge.


It was such a pleasant ride, and while we occasionally passed or were passed by other trail users, we were still able to ride at a good pace and feel the wind in our hair!


photo courtesy of Arlington Parks and Recreation

Dog Park

The trail is very dog friendly, and you are sure to pass plenty of pup who are out taking their owners for a walk.  The Tails N’ Trails Off-Leash Dog Park backs up to the Linear Trail, with an easy entrance into the gated park.  If your furr-baby is with you, it’s a good place to stop and rest and let them frolic!


The city limits of Arlington and Grand Prairie.

Picnic in the Park 

Along the trail, you’ll pass several parks on the Grand Prairie side, with playgrounds and picnic tables.  It’s a fun way to head out for a picnic lunch!

Fossil Hunting 

If your kids love fossils, stop at the bridge over Fish Creek on the Grand Prairie side closest to 360, (it is on the main trail, and has 2 Fish Creek signs on it.)  If the water level is safe, head down to the creek bed and sift through the small rocks for fossils.  We’ve found some small marine fossils here, and there’s always the possibility of locating a shark tooth!


There a several geocaches hidden along the park, and make for a fun way to hunt!  If you haven’t tried geocaching yet, click HERE to visit which has a tutorial video and free app to get you started!  We love it!

Fish Creek Preserve

This 37-acre preserve in Grand Prairie, with a western boundary of Carrier Pkwy, offers a paved bike trail, but as of yet doesn’t connect to the Fish Creek Linear Park.

Things to do in Arlington 

Whew, there’s a lot to do in Arlington, for a complete list, click HERE.

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As a Naturally Fun Blogger for the City of Arlington, I love the wonderful parks and trails in the city!

Fish Creek Linear Trail

Trailhead at Matlock and Cravens Park Dr. 

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