Highland Park is both a neighborhood in the heart of Dallas and an independent municipality. Highland Park is its own 'small town' in the heart of Dallas and is located to the east of the Dallas North Tollway and to the west of Highway 75. It reaches up to McFarlin Blvd. to the north and down to North Fitzhugh Avenue to the south.
Active and frequent dog walkers might want to check out Mutts Canine Cantina at CityPlace West Blvd. Mutts is a 'membership only' experience that combines an off-leash dog park that connects with an excellent restaurant. There are separate spaces for large and small dogs, plus some great membership perks like clean-up attendants!
As always, when walking in Dallas, watch the weather! The Texas heat can be brutal in the summer, often climbing over 100 in June through August. Winters are mild, but a rogue snowstorm can sneak in and ruin your day when the city closes down.
Highland Park is a beautiful experience for a dog walker. It has everything a modern small town could want. A city walk, on-the-leash experience, can be found at the Highland Park Village. A self-contained shopping center environment in the center of Highland Park is available on each pedestrian-heavy walk.
The residential areas provide the best of old and new. You have an awesome planned community of old growth, tree-lined streets with wide, walkable sidewalks. You and your furry friend will have a good balance of natural and artificial terrain with a mostly flat path. Highland Park is a very active place with a high level of automotive traffic, but off the main roads, the speeds drop down significantly and the area is patrolled by Highland Park's own police department, giving you and Fido an extremely safe experience. Families are the norm in this community, so look for puppies to be growing up alongside young children.
Dallas might have the reputation of a concrete city, but that is not the norm in Highland Park. With 22 parks, outdoor recreation is a big deal here. The largest park is Lakeside Park between Beverly Drive and Armstrong Parkway which is made of 14.32 acres of green space for you and your pup to explore. Lakeside is an on-the-leash experience for your dog, but it is vast! A great idea would be a longer leash with a knot tied to the required length so you can work with your pup but be able to bring them back under the leash code quickly when other folks are around.
Prather Park is at Drexel Avenue near Town Hall. This park is great for you and your pup! It runs along Hackberry Creek with paths and resting benches. The creek is not a great place to cool your dog off in the summer but it is a great scenic view for you while you walk.