The huge 100-acre Norbuck Park is a pawsome resource for Dallas-area dogs and their people. Most of this massive park is devoted to open space, making it a favorite stop for cross-country teams and solo runners. It's pupular with four-legged track and field enthusiasts as well. Expect to see other dogs and people here! Just remember that you'll need to keep your dog on a leash, and bring your own water and waste bags.
Trek deep enough into Norbuck Park and you're likely to forget you're in Dallas. While in its early days, the park was largely devoid of trees, it's now home to swaths of deep woods that have filled in nicely over the decades. While there are plenty of manicured lawns in Norbuck Park, follow its trails long enough and you'll find yourself emerging from shady forests into wild meadows with tall, swaying grasses. Peppered with wildflowers like Mexican hat and milkweed, these natural gardens are a big draw for butterflies. Species you might spot here include monarch, great purple hairstreak, red-spotted purple admiral, question mark, comma, and southern dogface butterflies.
By itself, Norbuck Park's trail system would be incredible. However, it's only the beginning for area trekkers and adventurers. It's easy to continue from Norbuck Park to trails through the adjacent Flagpole Hill Park or to the eight-mile White Rock Creek Trail, which runs from Valley View Park to White Rock Lake.
For most pups, Norbuck Park's trails, rolling lawns, and shaded groves are more than enough for a day's worth of adventure. It's not a bad idea to bring a blanket, book, and your dog's favorite chew in case you find the perfect spot to stop along the way. Don't forget your camera, either. Whether you get a picture of a rare butterfly, a colorful wildflower display, or just your dog's smiling mug, you'll definitely want to remember the beautiful day you spend in Norbuck Park.