This densely forested swath of land will give you the impression of walking through an isolated nature park, although it is close to downtown Dallas. Traffic noise is muted, and because of all the oak, pecan and other trees, the air seems fresher. Part of the trail follows the White Rock Creek, which can crest its banks after a heavy rain, at which time the association that maintains the trail, the Dallas Off Road Biking Association (DORBA) may close it temporarily. Be sure to check their website if you have doubts.
The trail benefits from lying within the densely forested park that is its namesake. While not challenging in terrain, a quiet walk amid all the greenery makes for a peaceful escape for you and Fido. It features 4 overlapping loops that are each about 1.5 mile, so you're able to customize the length and route. Remember to pick up after your pooch and dispose of his waste appropriately.
Birds and other wildlife will keep Fido's ears and nose busy. Small mammals like squirrels abound and along the Creek you may spy eagles, hawks and turtles. Wildflowers are rampant in the spring and summer, especially along the creek's banks. The dense trees and thick privy hedge are alive with activity year round. Seven wooden bridges carry you across streams and the trails are natural surface and easy to walk on.
If you and your pup are Dallasites looking for a respite from the concrete and glass of the city, this is the place to be, only 3 miles north of downtown!