Dallas is an urban metropolis, known for its expansive city parks and grassy green areas to let Fido roam in. Although you'll be far from the mountains and any difficult hikes, you'll still get a pretty secluded and natural hike out of the Katie Jackson Park Trail inside Katie Jackson Park. The park offers a mixture of developed and rural trails that pass through an urban park and thick forests of hilly terrain.
The first mile of the trail is perfect for residents who just want a quick trip out, as it resides in the more developed western side of the park. Once parked safely at the parking lot on the western edge of the park, the parking lot connects to two concrete loops, one that surrounds a picnic pavilion with picnic tables, and the second winding through the well maintained grassy area of the developed area, and passing by water fountains, benches, trash bins, a playground, and plenty of green space to play in.
The concrete trail is perfect for a quick and easy walk, but for something a little more, the concrete loop forks off in the center of the park and begins to explore thick forests that cover more than 60% of the park on the east side. This area is mostly used for mountain bikers looking for rugged terrain, but the wide rural trails are also available for hikers and dog walkers. The trail loops through the forest and follows along the edge of the park where the White Rock Creek borders it. The trail offers access to the creek along small beaches to allow you to swim or fish, and eventually winds back up towards the center of the park where it connects back to the concrete trail, completing its loop after another three miles.
What makes the Katie Jackson Park Trail so great is you and Fido get the option to go for an easy walk along the concrete loop, or take a more wild walk in the thick woods that make up the eastern half of the park. Be sure to bring some water to share, and clean up bags.
You'll have a fun and energetic time outside with your pup on the Katie Jackson Park Trail!