FAQ

Trinity River & Trails

Q: What is there to do on the Trinity Trails?
A: The trails are ideal for running, hiking, biking, horseback riding, birding and more. On the river, you can fish, kayak, wakeboard and even water ski. Learn more about things to do on the river, trails and nature.

Q: But isn’t the Trinity River polluted?
A: Some people can’t shake the image of a polluted, trash-filled Trinity River. But the truth is that the Trinity is safe for recreational activities, including swimming. And it’s part of our ongoing mission to keep the Trinity River clean through education, advocacy and volunteerism. You can do your part by adopting a section of the river for maintenance and participating in cleanup events organized throughout the year.

Q: What about harmful chemicals in the water?
A: It’s true that waterways like the Trinity River are at risk for pollution through stormwater runoff, which carries trash and harmful substances into storm drains after it rains. But you can help protect water quality by taking steps to reduce stormwater pollution, like avoiding pesticides as much as possible, washing your car in a commercial car wash instead of your driveway, picking up after your pet, and never dumping anything down a storm drain.

Q: Can I eat fish caught in the Trinity River?
A: The Texas Department of State Health Services has issued consumption advisories for some areas of the Trinity River, so catch-and-release is recommended. Check with the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department for details on safe fish consumption.

Q: What are some tips for using the Trinity Trails?
A: Be courteous to other trail users: yield to slower users, keep dogs on a leash, always pick up after yourself and your pets, and don’t block the trail. You should also keep to the right, pass on the left and announce audibly that you’re passing so other users are prepared. Be sure to follow safety measures: use lights at night, invest in a bike bell and slow down on multi-use sections of the trail. In case of emergency, note your location using the 9-1-1 Location signs placed along the trails. Get tips from other trail users here.

Q: Are the Trinity Trails handicapped-accessible?
A: Yes. Most of the trails are ADA-compliant paved concrete, complete with ramps for easy wheelchair access. A few of the trails feature crushed limestone instead of concrete, which might make wheelchair navigation difficult, so be sure to check a map to plan your route beforehand.

Streams & Valleys

Q: What is Streams & Valleys?
A: Streams & Valleys is the only area nonprofit organization dedicated to the growth, protection and enjoyment of the Trinity River and Trails. We bring citizens and organizations together to improve the Trinity River and Trails through beautification and recreational programs, fundraisers and events.

Q: Doesn’t the City of Fort Worth take care of the river?
A: The City of Fort Worth maintains the river to an extent, but there are some improvements they cannot provide. That’s where Streams & Valleys comes in. We operate under the city’s rules, on their property, first envisioning a better river, and then rallying community support to turn that vision into reality.

Q: What have you done for the Trinity River and Trails? What are you doing now?
A: In 40 years, Streams & Valleys has expanded and improved more than 40 miles of trails, planted thousands of trees and tens of thousands of flowers, established trailheads and increased neighborhood access. Check out our current projects here.

Q: What annual events are you involved in?
A: Streams & Valleys is proud to be involved in several yearly events that raise awareness and support for the Trinity River, including our Friends of the River Party on the Plaza and TRWD’s Trinity River Trash Bash. Learn about all the events here.

Q: How does Streams & Valleys fund its operations?
A: Streams & Valleys relies on the generosity of individuals, groups, corporations and organizations to improve the Trinity River and Trails. Access is free, but your membership or donation keeps the river and trails accessible and regularly maintained, and provides for future neighborhood expansion.

Q: How can I help?
A: There are several ways to donate or volunteer, from making a general donation of any amount to becoming a member, to adopting a section of the river. Learn how you can help.

Q: How can I stay current with what’s going on at the Trinity?
A: Just join our mailing list to get our free e-Newsletter. You can also follow Streams & Valleys on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube and subscribe to our news feed through RSS.

Q: What if my question isn’t answered here?
A: Ask us on Facebook or through our contact form.

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