|The Trinity River Buckeye Grove bathed in sunset overlooking the Trinity River, Dallas, Texas March 2013|
The Annual 2013 Buckeye Walks:
Saturday March 9, 9am and 12 noon
Sunday March 10, 9am and 12 noon
Saturday March 16, 9am and 12 noon
Sunday March 17, 9am and 12 noon
Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday March 10 (spring forward) Scheduled Hikes dependent upon weather conditions.
These hikes in particular are really the only formal scheduled guided hikes inside the Great Trinity Forest that I'm aware of and only occur once a year. For those interested in learning more about the Trinity River, Great Trinity Forest and background on the area, this is the hike to take.
Location of trailhead:
Google Street map 6900 Bexar Street Dallas, Texas
|Texas Buckeye Trail carpeted with flowering False Garlic Nothoscordum bivalve March 2013|
|Trail sign noting the Buckeye Grove Loop|
The Path Less Traveled
Other less formal undefined trails (not part of the Buckeye Trail tour) lead away from the Buckeye Trail. One in particular that loosely follows the Trinity River to the mouth of White Rock Creek. Most recently written up in a post back in December the Bois d' Arc Trail. Below is the most complete map I have of trails in this area. Based on my own GPS data.
|William Blair Park Trails|
|Texas Buckeye Aesculus glabra var. arguta|
|Texas Buckeye leaf|
Flowering stages of a Texas Buckeye
Individual trees flower at different rates. Visiting the Buckeye Grove early in the process, the stages of flowering are readily evident as seen below.
|Texas Buckeye in full bloom March 2013|
A little background
Metzger's dairy flourished and by 1909 was purchased by Joseph Metzger's sons Carl and David. In 1922 it was listed in the Dallas Directory as Metzger Brothers Sanitary Jersey Dairy. At the time the dairy was considered the largest and most modern in Texas. The first Dallas dairy to use glass bottles. Following World War II, the rapid expansion of Dallas led to an expansion of the facilities. The Metzger family involvement ended in 1984 with the sale of Metzger Dairy of Dallas to Borden. This area is more recently noted for the large cache of Indian artifacts and Indian burials on the site. Seven sets of Indian remains have been found here. There are an estimated 34,000 Indian artifacts still at the site spanning thousands of years of human occupation. It has been nominated by a team of professional archeologists for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.