Backwoods Paddlesports, Fort Worth

Thanks to the Trinity River Vision, Fort Worth and the river that runs through it are learning to live together, and bringing the people to the river.  The Trinity Trails, the long, paved trail that runs all along the river, is used and loved by the city’s residents, but with the addition of Panther Island Pavilion in Downtown Fort Worth, you’re starting to see more and more people actually out on the water!  That’s a great thing, too, because the more people who get out and enjoy the river, the more the city will care about taking care of it!

Backwoods Paddlesports is located at Panther Island Pavilion, and they are open 7 days a week during the summer.  Easy parking, restrooms and a little sand make for a great place to get into the river with a kayak or SUP Stand Up Paddleboard, both of which can be rented by Backwoods.


The friendly staff is great about helping you if it’s your first time to paddle, too.  During our most recent visit, there were lots of newbies, and they were doing great on the water!  They have life jackets in all sizes!

One of the things I love about Backwoods is that they charge for the boat, not by the person, meaning you rent one boatd or kayak, and let the kids take turns if all you want to do is just paddle around by the beach.  We take sand toys for my son, and Backwoods even has a cornhole game out most days.

Backwoods is also incredibly dog friendly, as is Panther Island Pavilion!  The allow dogs on all their boats, and even provide doggy life jackets in a variety of sizes!  We took our little pup, Dublin, for her first paddleboard ride, and while she’s not too sure about the water, she loved backing at the other dogs she passed!

Food and drinks are welcome except during special events at Panther Island.  For more information about Panther Island, their Rockin’ the River and Sunday Funday dates, as well as the huge annual Fourth of July Event, please click HERE.

Want to bike? Fort Worth B-cycle

Located next to the parking lot at Panther Island, you can rent a bicycle to ride along the Trinity Trails, which runs right through Panther Island!  Click HERE to visit their website.

Know Before You Go

They don’t hold phones or car keys, and neither float.  Make arrangements before you visit.

There are port-a-pottys to change, etc. and they are remarkably clean.  They are still public port-a-pottys.

Things To Do in Fort Worth


The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame has lots of fun activities and interesting exhibits for the entire family!  Click HERE to read more.

The Fort Worth Zoo is one of the top-rated zoos in the nation!  Click HERE to read more!

Texas Motor Speedway is the home to Nascar and Indy races, as well as other events all year.  Click HERE to read more!


I never EVER recommend chains, and Uncle Julios is kind of a chain, but the FIRST one was in Dallas, and the Fort Worth location on Camp Bowie has been there as long as I can remember.  Their patio is our go-to place after river activities in Fort Worth, usually because we’re wet and smelly, and no one cares.  Great food, drinks and if you’re celebrating a special occasion, like just getting to spend a day on the river, the Chocolate Pinata is AMAZING!!  Click HERE to visit their website.


Love, love, love the Omni Fort Worth!  Click HERE to visit their website.

Backwoods Paddlesports

480 North Taylor St., Fort Worth

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