Overlooking Lake Grapevine near the dam, Rockledge Park has to be one of my favorite swimming holes in the DFW area. It’s incredibly scenic, the water is cool and deep, even in late July, and there’s a great selection of things to do!
A City of Grapevine owned park, it’s is open 7 days a week, from 8am to dusk, except for Friday Night Fireworks, which were cancelled for 2020 due to Covid-19. Sunsets are phenomenal at Rockledge Park, and something not to miss!
Admission is charged by the car, and fluctuate so call or visit their website for current pricing. There are options for more serious park users, such as a Annual Pass. They offer two types, and are available to both Grapevine residents and non-residents. A Rockledge Only Parking Pass is only good at Rockledge Park, and a City of Grapevine Parks Lake Parking Pass, which is good at all the lakes parks and boat ramps. Both are adhered to your window and only good for the car they are adhered to.
During the week, when it’s not as busy, the little coves lend their way to a private swimming area, but weekends are much busier, and come planning to share your little slice of heaven with others.
One of a series of rock-bottomed little coves along the park shoreline. Picnic tables, especially those that are shaded, are the most in demand. Go early or hope you can get lucky.
As the main trailhead to the 23 mile, multi-use hike and bike Northshore Trail on Lake Grapevine, Rockledge Park is a very busy place year round.
These kids all agreed that it is terrific!
Located on the North side of the lake, there is much less traffic than on the south. The water is deep and often choppier from the passing boats, and life jackets are a good idea when swimming, especially for young and weak swimmers.
Kayak and paddleboard rentals are offered at the park. It’s a great idea to go ahead and reserve online before you visit.
Grapevine Lake is created by the impounding of Denton Creek, a large tributary of the Trinity River. From Lake Grapevine dam, the creek flows to join the Elm Fork of the Trinity River south of Lake Lewisville.
You can also bring your own tubes, floats and even kayaks. Bring a rope to tie off large floats and remember to know your limits when trying to swim after floats or water toys, as doing so can be dangerous.
Pack a lunch for a picnic, or even plan a cookout. There are grills available, or you can bring your own. You can also bring a canopy, but be aware that there is often a nice breeze off the lake.
The rocky beach is the perfect place for kids to play! Bring hauler-type toy trucks for digging in the rocks! At this outing, water cannons were really fun!
The beautiful Gaylord Texan Resort across the water.
Kayak and Paddleboard Rentals are available at the park. Life jackets are provided. There is a ton of shoreline to explore around the lake, so pack a lunch for a fun adventure! Rentals are available for 1-8 hours! Book online to be sure of availability!
More Things To Do in Grapevine
Altitude H2O is a fun, inflatable waterpark on Lake Grapevine at Meadowmere Park!
Mix a tour of the history of Grapevine with a little thrill during a Night Watchman Ghost Tour in Downtown Grapevine!
Assist making your own glass ornament or wine glass at Vetro Glassblowing Studio in Downtown Grapevine!
Big Fish Grill on Main is a fun and casual seafood restaurant we love!
3600 Pilot Point Road, Grapevine
Click HERE to visit their website.
Keep Having Fun in the Texas Sun!
Having Fun in the TEXAS Sun is on PINTEREST! Use it as a quick resource to find activities in different Texas towns! Click HERE!
© Having Fun in the Texas Sun, 2020. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Having Fun in the Texas Sun with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.
Please click HERE to read our disclaimer.
I will occasionally post some of my favorite Amazon items with links to purchase. As an Amazon affiliate, I do receive a small, very small, commission should you choose to purchase using my link. If you do, thank you for supporting my small business.