McCommas Bluff Preserve is a true slice of wilderness in South Central Dallas County. Here you can find solitude with your best pal along primitive trails that pass under a leafy canopy of trees, with views of the Trinity River and dramatic limestone cliffs. This historical area is where Native American Tribes and outlaws once camped, and boats attempting to bring commerce from the Gulf of Mexico were hindered by the curves of the Trinity River. It’s the perfect place for you and your furry adventure pal to get away from it all!
McCommas Bluff Preserve does have free parking, but due to limited security, it has the reputation of being a dumping area for stolen vehicles. Stay close to your car and don’t leave any valuables, or consider parking in a residential area on Riverwood Road and walking to the preserve. The preserve doesn’t have much in terms of amenities, but the natural beauty is plentiful!
To explore the area, you can take a hike along the trail that traverses the park with your canine companion. There are two trailheads, one on Riverwood Road and the other at the Trinity Audubon Center. The trail is easier to follow in the winter and spring, but can be challenging in the summer as they are not marked. You may want to bring a map, or check it out online before heading into the woods.
On your travels, you will see historic remains, woodlands, prairies and rivers. The area is teeming with flora and fauna, including blooming wildflowers in the spring. Puppers are allowed to join in on the fun in the preserve of course, as long as they respect the wildlife, and stay leashed and picked up after at all times. Bring water to share and clean up bags.
The woofderful trails in the McCommas Bluff Preserve are sure to get your pup’s tail wagging!