The City of Highland Village has a beautiful park system with a broad range of amenities to enjoy from swimming, to camping, to hiking in nature preserves to boating on Lake Lewisville.
There are three Highland Village parks located on the shoreline of Lake Lewisville. Copperas Branch Park is a 75 acre regional park about a quarter mile east from Wichita Forest Nature Preserve. Pilot Knoll Park is a 123 acre regional park is located on the west shoreline of Lake Lewisville. This park provides
overnight camping for recreational vehicles, as well as facilities for
day-use. These parks charge an entrance fee.
The Wichita Forest is free and a wonderful little known nature preserve about 75 acres adjacent to Lake Lewisville and about a mile west of I-35. There is a small parking lot near the trail head just off Highland Village Road.
There are numerous trails and a wonderful diversity of natural features. From bottomland forest, to open prairie, to Lake Lewisville, there is something new all along the trails. There are over 40 Interpretive signs on the trails, with one trail designated as joint use equestrian trail. A YMCA camp facility boarders the Wichita Forest and Lake Lewisville.
This self-guided tour is available for download on EveryTrail.com.
Check out my other self-guided tours:
They include the LLELA Nature Center in Lewisville:
Beaver Pond Kayak Water Trail
Bittern Marsh Trail
Pioneer House Tour
Wichita Forest Nature Trail - Highland Village
Wichita Forest Nature Guide - Highland Village
Cross Timbers Nature Trail - City of Denton
Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Pilot Point
You can take these trips on the trail with you! Go to EveryTrail for information on how to download the free app to your iPhone or Android phone. Once you have downloaded the EveryTrail app, you can download the tours and walk the trail with your phone as your guide.
There are no rest rooms facilities or drinking water available in the Wichita Forest. The hike is easy, but the trails do vary up and down throughout the park. There is a small improved park (Bruce Lockhart Park) with kids play area at the parking lot with a large covered gazebo and picnic tables. The gazebo is a great place to meet friends and to rest upon your completion of the trails. The Wichita Forest is a small area, with numerous crossing trails. It is easy to get lost even though you are never far away from civilization.
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