City Escape: Dallas/Fort Worth

Text: Tim Kessel • Photography: Tim Kessel

This is an entertaining and varied loop located due west of the Dallas/Fort Worth metro area. Dotted with interesting towns and land features, it also offers a sampling of several different road types from straights to sweeping curves and even a few hairpins. The ride can be enjoyed year-round, but the dog days of mid-summer can be sweltering.

Length

Approximately 180 miles

Meet-up Spot

West Side Cafe, 7950 Camp Bowie W Blvd, Fort Worth, TX

Lunch Stop

Mary’s Cafe, 119 Grant Ave, Strawn, TX. Mary’s serves good Texas comfort food in generous portions.

Scenery •••••

Open views, grasslands, lakes, and rock formations make this a ride with ample visual appeal. 

Traffic •••••

In close proximity to Dallas/Fort Worth, the traffic is heavy. However, the farther west one travels on this loop, the lighter the traffic. 

Difficulty •••••

This is not a technically difficult ride. But as everywhere else in the Texas countryside, stay alert for livestock, deer, and even armadillos. 

Road Conditions •••••

There’s a wide variety of tarmac types on this route, and most roads are very well maintained. 

 

Points of Interest

  1. Clark Gardens Botanical Park
    
Clark Gardens is a 50-acre oasis that transforms with the seasons. It is a carefully maintained panoply of flora mixed with interesting water features. It even boasts seasonal G-scale trains. www.clarkgardens.org

  2. Lake Mineral Wells State Park

    This state park is a great place for stretching the legs and taking a brief hike if so inclined. The lake is clean and the views are great. www.tinyurl.com/lakemineralwells

  3. Possum Kingdom Lake State Park
    
An impressive lake with more than 300 miles of shoreline, Possum Kingdom Lake, a reservoir on the Brazos River, is not consistently visible from the roadway—so, a side trip to the state park or other vantage point is necessary. www.tinyurl.com/texaspossum

  4. Historic Granbury Town Square

    This faithfully restored and beautifully maintained historic town square is a great place to shop, eat, and step back in time. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. www.granburysquare.com
  5. Motorsport Ranch

    This “country club for motoring enthusiasts” is a must-stop for gear heads. And if you’re lucky, you’ll see race cars, or better yet, motorcycles navigating one of the ranch’s three courses. www.motorsportranch.com