The Hankins Suburban neighborhood dates back to the late 1940s and is filled with cozy single-family homes. Although many of the houses here are older, those who live here have taken good care of them, keeping their community clean and well-kept. Some of the streets here have sidewalks while others do not. There are pet stores, restaurants, and dog-friendly parks all within driving distance. Walking around the community itself will lead you past mostly single-family homes, the Highland Missionary Baptist Church, and the Woodland Terrace Community Center. This is a nice, quiet community and a great place to go out for a walk.
The local weather is perfect most of the year for walking, but with summer temperatures in the high eighties and low nineties, you may want to take your strolls early in the morning before everything has a chance to get hot. The pavements here can get hot enough to burn your pup's paws.
The terrain in the Hankins Suburban neighborhood is completely flat, not a hill in site. The only slopes in the area, are the banks of the Hillsborough River to the north. However, just because the land in your neighborhood is very flat, that doesn't mean you and your pup can't get in a good walk. It means you have to take advantage of everything you have to work with. Flat ground is perfect for pups with joint issues or those with lower energy. It gives them to work out the kinks and lose those extra pounds before you are both ready to take on the challenges of Lettuce Lake Park and the Lower Hillsborough Wildlife Preserve. The trails in these areas require both of you to be fit and capable of walking on trails that may not be as smooth as the two of you are used to from walking the sidewalks around your home.
When it comes to greenways, there are several within walking distance and even more within a short drive. At the western end of the community is the Woodland Terrace Community Center. With several acres of open grass and a walking trail that goes around the park, this is a good place for the two of you to stretch your legs on.
To the north is Rowlett Dog Park, part of Rowlett Park on E. Riverhills Dr. The dog park is fenced in and is the perfect place to let your dog run around off-leash, making new friends or playing with old ones. Along with lots of grass for your pup to play on, there are two looping trails covering a distance of 1.47 miles. There are picnic tables, ball fields, and a canoe launch that provides access to the Hillsborough River State Canoe Trail that goes all the way up north to the Hillsborough State Park.