Boulder Park is a 106-acre swath of land about 10 minutes from downtown Dallas that hosts hiking and biking trails. The hiking sections encompass about 4.5 miles along a narrow dirt path. Parts can be rocky and seasonably muddy. The mountain biking trail is about 12 miles long and contains many twists and turns, along with some technical features hikers won't be interested in, but both trails intersect and loop around each other so hikers may encounter bikers as well.
The trailhead is located on Pastor Bailey Dr, with a parking lot adjacent to it. Parking can also be found on the surrounding streets, and users of the park are cautioned not to park in any church lots in the neighborhood. The trailhead boasts a couple of moveable toilets, but doesn't provide a source of water, so be sure to carry plenty for you and your fur-baby. There are picnic tables as well to enjoy a snack or lunch with your furry bestie.
The trails feature mild to moderate hills and easy walks across prairie grassland, and its path forms a maze-like looping and switchback pattern that can be confusing, so a map and compass might be helpful to keep you on the right track. A bridge crosses a small stream, and there are wet creek crosses, which can challenge your footing because their stones are covered with moss in many spots. The narrow trail generally requires single-file passage, and some spots have steep cliffs on the sides. Full of wildflowers in season, along with many birds and shade trees, you'll feel like you're walking through a quiet nature preserve although downtown is only a few minutes away. To protect your pooch's paws, it's a good idea to carry dog-boots for the rocky areas, and waste bags to keep the trails clean.
Boulder Park Trail is a lovely spot for casual strolls and challenging workouts, and with no dangerous animals, it could be the perfect place to take your fur-baby for a walk!