West Dallas is an area in transition with the addition of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge and the Continental Avenue pedestrian bridge. Easier access to the neighborhood has prompted new development to follow and with it, the headache of construction. It is an oddly shaped neighborhood that reaches up to Highway 35E to the north, follows the Trinity River along the east, to the Tom Landry Freeway or Interstate 30 at the south, and then bends and curves close to Highway 12 to wrap it up on the west.
Keeping an eye on the weather in the summer means watching the temperatures rise throughout the day. Be aware that hot pavement warnings are no joke, especially when your walking experience will be sidewalk-heavy. Beat the heat at the popular outdoor tables of Luck on Gulden and Rodeo Goat on Market Center. Stay outdoors during the remaining three seasons to enjoy the mild weather Texans love.
The West Dallas area is undergoing revitalization, so expect to see residential and commercial construction throughout the area. When you and your pup find yourselves in construction areas, be mindful of where you are stepping. Nails and construction debris can harm doggy paws. Remember to be cautious of automotive traffic that may be re-routed throughout the neighborhood.
This is a mostly flat walking experience with a good mix of natural and artificial turf. The lower half of the neighborhood below Singleton Road is mostly business and is a high traffic area. You and your pup would probably not find this to be an overly enjoyable walking opportunity. Stay to the north in the more residential sections to enjoy the neighborhood landscapes, parks, and the amazing views supplied by the proximity of the Trinity River. You can still run into construction as the neighborhood changes and grows, but the terrain is more ideal for walking in the northern half.
The Trinity River stretches around West Dallas to the northeast, providing an awesome natural resource in the neighborhood that is home to small wildlife, birds, and loads of green! If you start at Trinity Overlook Park, you and your pup will be greeted with some amazing views of Dallas. The overlook provides shade and a starting point for the Trinity Skyline Trail.The trail is a 4.6-mile hard surface walk that follows the river north. Construction plans are in place to connect to the Trinity Strand Trail across the river. You and your pup will find this an extremely popular trail for walkers and cyclists.
Enjoy a few other green spaces in the neighborhood with your pup on a leash. A smaller, but popular spot is the Fish Trap Lake Park Loop Trail, a 1.4-mile concrete trail that wraps around the Fish Trap Park. Tipton Park is a 23.3-acre park on Magdeline with trails and a nature observation platform.