Everything is big in Texas and the neighborhoods of Dallas are no exception. Lake Highlands rounds off its population at a bit more than 85,000 folks! It has been described as a sprawling neighborhood that is a connection of 40+ subdivisions, depending on who you ask. You and your furry friend won't traverse the whole community in one walk, but you can make a dent in one of the subdivisions for sure. The entire neighborhood of Lake Highlands runs up to Richland College down to Highland Meadows, west to White Rock Creek, and east to just past Plano Road.
While there are not many dog-friendly restaurants or businesses in Lake Highland proper, it is an old growth neighborhood, so it is a comfortable walking experience. Watch the Texas heat in the summer months, protecting pups with light colored coats and sensitive paws in the heat of the day. Enjoy the mild winter temperatures with longer, brisker walks.
While Dallas proper might be on the flat side, Lake Highlands is blessed with some gentle hills and a few valleys thrown in to give you some impressive views of downtown Dallas and a nice change of pace from an even terrain. The ups and downs of hills and valleys can stress you and your dog, so ease into longer walks or preview your routes to plan for steeper climbs at the beginning. Flatter sections can cool both of you down towards the end of your walk.
The neighborhood is also a nice mix of artificial and natural terrains with sidewalks in abundance throughout the area and old growth trees for shade from the hot sun and cover in a rogue rainstorm. Private lawns are mixed with public green spaces, so be kind and plan to pack out any mess your pup might make. Take water for both you and your dog because your water sources could be scarce!
Lake Highlands has been called one of the best neighborhoods in Dallas due, in part, to the green spaces it hosts. Claiming over 875 acres of parks and 26 miles of trails, it puts the outdoors at your beck and call. White Rock Lake hugs the south side of the neighborhood and is home to the White Rock Lake Dog Park, the happening dog park in Dallas. This hot pup spot even has a fenced-in swimming area for our furry friends! The White Lake Park has a 9.33-mile trail that runs through the park and a good portion of that falls inside this neighborhood.
Lake Highlands Park on E. Lake Highlands Drive is a rolling 36.8-acre park with every park amenity under the sun. Lake Highlands North Park on Church street gets high thumbs up from neighbors. With its lake and walking trails, this park offers a relaxing on-leash experience for your pup and a peaceful walk for you.