During summer months, dog owners are encouraged to walk their dogs during cooler times of the day as midday temperatures climb well into the 80s or higher. Winter and fall temperatures are mild and usually ideal for strolling with your pup, but occasional freezing rain can occur in winter which makes footing treacherous. Spring temperatures are warm, but severe storms can occur so check the daily forecast before venturing out on a long excursion with your hound.
The terrain in the Bishops Arts District is flat and there are no steep areas which would make walking in the area difficult. Sidewalks provide pedestrian paths for people and their dogs to walk the neighborhood and large trees on residential properties and along residential streets provide shade in summer. Busy commercial thoroughfares have lots of pedestrian and vehicle traffic and you will need to keep your dog secured on a leash and acclimatized to activity to enjoy the excitement and venues located in the arts district.
Lake Cliff Park is located within walking distance to the northeast of the Bishop Arts District. This park has recreational facilities, athletic fields, a lake, restrooms, shade providing pavilions, picnic tables, a playground, gardens, a drinking fountain, and lots of greenways. At 44.5 acres, this park has plenty to terrain to explore and paved and natural trails. The lake provides beautiful scenery and there are trees and open areas to enjoy.
Oak Cliff Founders Park is located just north of Lake Cliff Park and provides 16 acres of natural green space with lots of wooded areas providing shade and shelter on hot summer days. The park has a disc golf course, a pavilion, picnic tables, drinking water, and greenways threaded throughout the beautiful trees.
A little further to the east, the Trinity River has an excellent trail system with several miles of greenways through the natural areas bordering the river you can explore with your pooch.