One of the most pupular trails in the Dallas area is Northaven Trail, thanks to its open space, wide trail girth, and well-maintained area for locals to enjoy. This trail cuts through three different communities, including North Dallas and Russwood Acres, and tends to boast plenty of public events along the way. The concrete trail offers a nearly 10-foot wide girth, with grassy areas and some shaded spots on both sides of the pathway.
The start of the trail begins on Valleydale Drive, where an asphalt parking area is available for trail walkers. The beginning of the trail is open and offers two benches under trees around a concrete circle that connects to the trail. Leaving the shaded space, you and Fido will begin walking along the trail through a grassy field. The trail winds through the open space with little-shaded spots, but offers different amenities such as benches, trash bins, a small fork loop that passes by some planted wildflowers, and picnic tables.
Besides passing over a couple of busy roads, the trail is pretty quiet when there aren't events going on. You will pass backyards that are fenced off from the trail along the way. At the end point of the trail, you'll reach a small loop where it turns and reconnects with itself so hikers can keep moving without having to turn around. The trail connects to Preston Road, where sidewalks connect to the rest of the city, although there are no parking spots here. Be sure to bring clean up bags and water for your trek through this lovely city.
The trail is an urban feature of the city that is human and dog-friendly, and although it can get very busy during the day and during summer events, you and Fido will find a quiet and peaceful place to walk in the early evenings or mornings.