Are you headed to Dallas, or new to the city and looking for a great place to run? In this article, I share the 10 best places to run in Dallas, Texas.
Oak Cliff Nature Preserve
Trails: hike and bike trails
Oak Cliff Nature Preserve (OCNP) is a 121-acre oasis of green space located right in the middle of urban Dallas. There are over eight miles of multi-use hike and bike trails coursing through the Preserve. Open dawn until dusk, bird and plant enthusiasts, bicycle riders of all ages, and those just wishing for peace and quiet visit the preserve to connect with nature every day.
The trail consists of a variety of open fields and wooded areas. In the spring the fields are wall-to-wall wildflowers.
Directions: To get there from Interstate 35E, take Illinois west and just past S. Hampton make a left on Pierce. To get there from Loop 12, take Illinois east and just past Westmoreland, turn right on Pierce.
Trail end points: Lyte Street at AA Center arena and Ridgewood Trail at Mockingbird Lane bridge
The Katy Trail in Dallas is a premier urban trail, linking the business district with recreational opportunities, shopping, and residential neighborhoods. The corridor is the perfect non-motorized route for families to commute between home and work or school, as well as to recreation and entertainment venues.
In addition to its paved surface, the 3.5-mile route includes an adjacent soft-surface track for runners and walkers. The pathway runs between Dallas’ West End and the AA Center arena, traversing the city’s urban core past Knox Street, Southern Methodist University, and the Mockingbird DART Station.
There are plans to link the Katy Trail from the McCommas Boulevard area with the White Rock Lake trails. In the meantime, a dedicated lane is being constructed so that you can continue north by crossing North Central Expressway via the McCommas Boulevard overpass. Eventually, a suspension bridge over Mockingbird Lane will allow easier access to the Katy Trail and increase the distance for cyclists.
The Katy Trail is a jogging, walking, inline skating, and bicycling path that runs through the Uptown and Oak Lawn areas of Dallas, Texas (USA), following the path of the old Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad, which was known as MKT or the Katy.
White Rock Lake
Bachman Lake Trail
Cedar Ridge Preserve
The Cedar Ridge Nature Preserve, previously called the Dallas Nature Center, is a natural area that covers 600 acres. It is located between Mountain Creek Parkway and FM 1382, only a short drive from downtown Dallas. Here you will find native trees, plants, and grasses that provide a natural habitat for native pollinators. Bird and butterfly watching are popular activities in the park, and the rare black-capped Vireo can be found here.
The preserve offers 9 miles of hiking trails with many easy trails to choose from in addition to some more challenging hikes, so there is something for everyone, including those who want to get a great workout.
Turtle Creek and Highland Park Area
Trinity Skyline Trail
Boulder Park Trail
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