Royal Highlands is a residential neighborhood located on the far northeast end of Dallas, Texas. There are no commercial businesses or services nearby to walk to, however, parks, trails, a high school with sports and recreation facilities, an elementary school, and a library are all located within walking distance for area residents.
Dallas has a hot, dry climate and dog walkers in the area rarely have to worry about cold temperatures or prolonged rainy periods. Thunderstorms do frequently occur, especially in the spring. These storms can be severe with high winds, hail, and lightning strikes and you should not walk your dog at these times. Check local forecasts to avoid severe weather.
Winters are mild and a light jacket will usually suffice for winter walks with your woofer. Be aware, however, that freezing rain makes walkways very slippery. Wait until the ice melts or wear footwear with good traction to avoid slips and falls.
Royal Highlands is a suburban, residential neighborhood with lots of landscaping and greenery. Residential properties are spacious and feature sprawling lawns, mature shade trees, shrubs, gardens, and plenty of landscaping. There are some inclines in the neighborhood but they are not steep or difficult for pedestrians to climb and there are sidewalks throughout the area providing safe pedestrian-ways for dog walkers and their pets.
A large high school with recreational and sports facilities and fields dominates the landscape of the neighborhood. The multi-lane Audelia Road runs along the east border and north and southbound lanes are divided by a grass berm. Audelia Road is more heavily trafficked than the residential roads and should only be crossed at designated crosswalks with your dog securely leashed.
Lake Highlands North Park is a 27.9-acre park that is located in the Royal Highlands area and features a recreation center, tennis courts, playground, spray park, and a pool. There is also a lake and trails to walk around with your furry friend and plenty of trees and open areas to explore. The Lake Highlands Trail extends along the north part of the neighborhood and is a 1.2-mile greenway with a total of 100 feet of elevation gain, so be prepared for some inclines when traversing the trail.
A short distance to the west is the Harry S. Moss Park which is a natural area with 5.46 miles of multi-use trail. The trail is popular with mountain bikers and was designed as an off-road cycling course, so watch out for fast-moving two-wheeled users. There are five connecting loops and seven wood bridges as the terrain is hilly. The trail approaches the White Rock Creek in several places, providing views of the watercourse.