Western Heights is a residential neighborhood located in West Dallas. There are some commercial businesses along Fort Worth Avenue, Sylvan Avenue, and other major thoroughfares including the Metro Paws Animal Hospital that is located here conveniently for local pet owners. An art school is also located in the community and residents can walk to a variety of services, parks, and schools in their area.
Dallas weather is extremely hot and dry during the summer and walking can be problematic when temperatures soar and create dangerous heat conditions. Plan walks for cooler times of the day, pack water, and be careful not to let your pets overexert themselves on very hot days. Winters are relatively warm and require little protective clothing. Occasional freezing rain episodes can create dangerous conditions. Wait for ice to melt before taking your pup out to avoid slips and falls. Watch out for thunderstorms in spring which can bring strong winds, hail, and lightning.
There are large freeways on the south side of the community along with interchanges. Freeways have high-speed traffic, noise, and lack safe pedestrian ways for walking with pets and should be avoided. The north side of the neighborhood has train tracks and industrial areas a well as many roads with traffic that are also not pedestrian-friendly.
Industrial areas are separated from residential areas by undeveloped treed space which provide somewhat of a buffer from activity. Residential streets are quieter, well-treed and have sidewalks, grassy berms, and flat terrain that make it easy for walking with your pet. The terrain slopes down towards the river which is located to the east with a ravine and large open areas while a cemetery is also located in the neighborhood, providing green space. Houses in the area are older and well spaced with landscaped properties, trees, and lawns.
Kessler Parkway Park is situated on the south border of Western Heights and provides a beautiful natural area with trails throughout. Coombs Creek runs through the park and the Coombs Creek Trail runs along it in both directions. This trail is a 1.5-mile long, hard-surfaced path and shared with pedestrians and cyclists that provides access to the Trinity River Levee. Rumor has it that the trail is haunted!
The Trinity River, associated ravine, Trinity Overlook Park, and greenways along the waterways are located to the east. The Trinity Skyline Trail is 5 miles in length, paved, and wheelchair accessible. The trail provides access to other parks such as Trammell Crow Park where recreational facilities and access to the 6.2-mile Trinity Level Loop can be found.
Dogs are allowed in parks and on the trails but must be kept on a leash and owners must clean up after their animals to be respectful to other trail and park users.