When walking with your dog around Dallas, be prepared for some hot, dry weather, especially in the summer when temperatures can soar and heat-related illnesses can occur. Winters are relatively mild, although freezing rain can occasionally happen and can create treacherous footing. Spring brings thunderstorms to the area which can be dangerous with hail, high winds, and lightning. When severe weather occurs, postpone your outing with your dog until later in the day to stay safe.
Lake Cliff is an older residential community with historic homes that surround a small lake. Houses in the area are moderate in size and many are bungalow style or 1.5-story structures with landscaped properties, lawns, shrubs, and trees.
Narrow lanes connect the area and residential roads are often narrower than usual due to the community's age. Most roads do have sidewalks and grass berms which are ideal for walking your dog and provide safe, cool footing separate from area traffic. Large shade trees in this mature community are abundant and provide welcome shade on hot Dallas days.
The Lake Cliff neighborhood has some hills and inclines, although most are not especially steep or long and can be traversed on foot. The main interstate with associated interchanges is located to the east. It is not a pedestrian-friendly area and should be avoided when walking with your pup in the district.
Lake Cliff Park is a 44.5-acre park located within the community and has plenty of paved pedestrian ways for walking with your tail-wagger! The park surrounds a lake and trails and activities are plentiful. Recreational facilities here including a baseball field, tennis court, basketball court, and playground, so there is lots of activity to take in on strolls through the park. Amenities like garden areas, drinking fountains, outdoor restrooms, pavilions, picnic areas, and barbecue spots make Lake Cliff Park an excellent place to walk with your dog or enjoy an outdoor meal.
The Oak Cliff Founders Park is located just north of Lake Cliff Park and is a heavily treed 16-acre park with trails meandering through the shady canopy. Unique features of the park include a disc golf course. There are also picnic sites and a drinking fountain where you can replenish your water supply on a hot summer day and keep you and your pooch hydrated.