Friday, August 12, 2022

Hikers Just Want to Have Fun

While you’re out for your hike, incorporating an activity during your journey can add some fun to getting some exercise.

Here are three engaging, educational and fun activities include in your hike:

  1. Interpretive signs – the Bluebird Trail at Bob Jones Park and Nature Center has interpretive and interactive signage signs that feature information about local wildlife.
  2. Nature alphabet game – this game involves looking for things along your route in alphabetical order, such as an acorn, bug or caterpillar. The more you go down the alphabet, the more challenging the game becomes.
  3. Scavenger hunt – a classic game for all ages to enjoy. Bring a list or use your phone and discover fun items to search for along your route.

For more information about hiking and all things mobility in Southlake, visit, the Southlake Mobility Facebook page or sign up for the mobility e-newsletter.

Let’s Take a Hike: Explore the Trails at Bob Jones Nature Center

What better way to enjoy the great outdoors than to go for a hike at the Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve.

It’s a great place for nature lovers to unplug and take in the environment while getting in a good work out.

The park has three different trails, the Walnut Grove National Recreation Trail, the Bluebird Trail and the Grapevine Lake Trail which can be accessed from the Bluebird Trail.

Are you a first-time hiker? No worries! BJNCP offers fun programs, activities and classes for those who would like to learn more.

On November 14, BJNCP is offering a class for young hikers as part of the Bowmen Day Hike Series.  This introductory course will cover eco-responsible hiking traditions such as “leave no trace,” trail etiquette, safety measures and other important outdoor skills.

If you prefer to hike solo or consider yourself an expert, the Bluebird Trail is great place to start. The trail features interpretive and interactive signage with information about birds and other local wildlife so you can have fun and learn something new while you’re getting in your steps. So, grab a bottle of water, strap up your boots and head out to BJNCP for a hike!

A downloadable trail map can be found on our website.

For more information about programs and courses at the BJNCP, visit