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The John Barfield Trail offers a paved route through the wooded Little Bear Creek corridor of North Richland Hills. The trail is named for an important local developer who dedicated many acres of land for city parks, including three located just off the trail: J.B. Sandlin Park, Tommy and Sue Brown Park, and Founders Park.
At either end, the pathway provides important connections to other trails; on its east end to the Cotton Belt Trail and, on its west end, to the Fall Creek Trail and Little Bear Creek Linear Park in the neighboring city of Keller.
Parking, restrooms, and drinking fountains are available in Northfield Park (7804 Davis Boulevard), near the east end of the John Barfield Trail.
Paved, distance seems right, not overcrowded. Perfect for bikes or walk, jog. No parking.
Seldom crowded. Easy to walk and bike. Some shade. A few forks you can take to get to cotton belt or cross through a neighborhood to get to Timbercreek park.
My house is within 40 feet of the trail and every night there are bicycles and walkers traversing the trail past the operational hours. They shine their headlights and strobe lights in my front yard sometimes as late as 11:00 pm and some have their radios playing loud enough to hear inside my house. We feel our serenity and security is compromised by these late night travelers. Can we get signs posted at Rumfield Road informing people of the hours of operation and some police patrols to limit this nightly occurrence. We bought and put our house on 16 acres for our solitude not to live by Grand Central Station.
This is a nice short ride, mostly following Little Bear Creek. I start with Meandering trail and Little Bear Creek trail to this trail and connect with the Cottonbelt trail to Grapevine. Even though it is not far from homes, it still feels like you are getting some nature. There are a few major road crossings. You'll pass some pasture/ranch land as well. Not any industrial areas along this trail.
This is a nice trail that intersects with the Cotton Belt trail at Precinct Line road and goes North to North Tarrant Parkway then circles back through Cross Timbers Park. Moderate bike and pedestrian traffic. Surprisingly the trail feels isolated from residences and traffic in the area.
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