This city was first inhabited in the 1840’s. By 1879, a man named John Balch moved to the area, and would eventually play a part in shaping the city's history. Mr. Balch had many springs on his property, which everyone in town called Balch Springs. The name stuck, and this city still has that name today, even after all those years!
This city is located just 16 miles outside of Dallas, and is considered a suburb of Dallas. Unfortunately, the city itself doesn't have much to offer dog owners, apart from one Fido-friendly hotel, the Motel 6 Balch Springs. For more activities, you'll have to take a quick drive into the heart of Dallas.
But don't get discouraged just yet! There are also several trails that run adjacent to this beautiful city. One of those trails is the Katy Trail. This trail is an old rail line that is now part of the Rails-To-Trails Conservancy, which converts old, unused rail lines into walking and hiking paths. This trail is only 3.5 miles long and is an easy hike for you and your pooch. The trail is concrete, but next to this trail is a softer dirt trail for runners. This is a good alternative for those hot days when the concrete gets too hot for your pal's paws. There is plenty of shade, but you will need to bring water with you. You and your canine friend will enjoy everything about this trail and the city it's located in!
This neighborhood is located 12 miles from Balch Springs. The NorthBark Dog Park is a spacious off-leash dog park encompassing a whopping 22 acres -- and your pal is welcome to explore every nook and cranny. There are two different sections that are divided based on dog size. There is plenty of shade in all the areas of the park as well as picnic tables where pet parents can relax. You and your pup will enjoy the walking trails here, too; most of the trails are paved, so you will need to be mindful of your pup’s paws when it gets hot out. There is a small pond for your pooch to make a splash in, and there are also doggy showers available. The park provides water stations for your pup; you will just need to bring the waste bags for cleaning up. Come out to this park for a fun day!
If your pooch likes to run around and then cool off in the water, this neighborhood has the perfect park for you! The White Rock Lake Dog Park at Mockingbird Point Park is a completely fenced-in, off-leash park. This is a big park, stretching across 2 acres of land. The lake is easily accessible if your pal wants to take a dip. The shoreline is a little rocky, but once your pup is in the water, he'll have a splashing good time! The park offers a separate area for smaller dogs, as well as shade trees, a water fountain, and waste bags for cleanup. Your pup will get worn our sniffing all of the new smells in this park!
If you and Fido are keen to go on a hike together, look no fur-ther than this neighborhood. It's home to the Turtle Creek Trail, a former rail line that is now part of the Rails-To-Trails program. This trail is 2.1 miles long and the path is made of concrete. This portion of the trail has plenty of trees for shade as well as an amazing scenic view. You will need to bring drinking water for you and your pooch, though. Grab your pup's leash, lace up your best walking shoes, and see how much of the trail you and your pal can tackle!
Who doesn't want to go shopping with their best fur-iend by their side? This neighborhood has the pawfect opportunity for you to do just that. The Half Price Books store is a lovely little place to shop with your pal. You can look for a book while your pup accompanies you on their leash. This store allows you to bring your pooch in and walk through the aisles until you find the book you are looking for. The staff is very friendly to canines, and they will even give your pup a lot of attention so you can look for the book you want! What a great way to spend your afternoon!
This Dallas neighborhood is home to another great trail for you and your pooch to hike. Since it's an easy trail, it's just pawfect for beginngers. The Bachman Lake Park Loop Trail is 3.5 miles long and the walkway is made of asphalt. This is an old railroad line that is now part of the Rails-To-Trails. The trail runs along the shoreline of Bachman Lake, making it a great place to enjoy a quiet moment with your best pal (who must remain leashed, of course). You will want to make sure to bring plenty of water with you. And don't worry about shade on those hot Texas days; there are plenty of shade trees here. Don't forget the doggie waste bags!