Oak Cliff is a community that might be best referred to as having multiple personalities. It sits across the Trinity River and even though that's a hop, skip, and a jump from Dallas proper, Oak Cliff was, for the longest time, ignored by the developers building up the areas around the big city. However, today, it is a diverse and ever-growing community with many dedicated residents bound and determined to make it a great place to live.
An up and coming space in the area is the Bishop Arts District. At West Davis and West 7th Street, you will find several dog-friendly spots. Bolsa, Oddfellows, Tillman’s, and Tinman’s all offer outdoor seating for you and your furry friend. The weather in Oak Cliff is typical North Texas hot! Summers temperatures can easily climb over 100 degrees, but fall and winters are mild and enjoyable. Watch yourself and your pup in the heat and always carry water for both of you!
Oak Cliff is a diverse community with a metropolitan feel in the Bishop Arts District and a residential feel with several larger subdivisions like Kiestwood and North Oak Cliff. Depending on where you and your pup are, you will find both artificial and natural turf with a few hilly spots. Oak Cliff was once its own city until Dallas annexed it. Now 'The Cliff' is one of the older neighborhoods of Dallas proper and one that developers have recently started paying attention to so you will find a variety of experiences as you traverse the community.
Older neighborhoods will have narrow sidewalks and old growth trees while newer neighborhoods will feel more modern. There are several nice-sized parks scattered around so you and your canine companion will have no trouble finding some green turf. Visiting the Bishop Arts District will be more of an urban feel with about two blocks of trendy city streets to enjoy.
The good thing about being an older neighborhood is that there are some pretty established parks in Oak Cliff. Kiest Park on Hampton Road is a vast, 263.1-acre park that has been around since 1930! You and your furry friend can enjoy this all this park has to offer including garden areas, a memorial area, picnic places, benches, and drinking fountains, just to name a few. Take a walk with your pup on the 3-mile trail that runs around and through the park!
If that isn't enough, just next door is the Oak Cliff Nature Preserve, 121 rolling acres of woodland complete with 8 miles of hiking and biking trails for you and your pup to exhaust yourselves. It also offers a single track of 6 loops and the trails have two creeks that run around and through it with a few water crossings included! Enjoy this impressive space with your pup on the leash, as small wildlife is common.