If your regular pup outings are getting a bit blasé, maybe it is time to add a little excitement to your walk and head to somewhere new. The city of Dallas, Texas, offers the Santa Fe Trestle Trail to enjoy a short hike with your furry friend.
Located near the Dallas Floodway, there are two easy access points for this trail. Pick up the trailhead at either the South Riverfront Blvd trailhead or the E. 8th Street trailhead, which is in Moore Park. The latter offers on-site parking at the DART overflow parking lot. Now you are ready for your adventure to begin!
An area of Dallas known as the Great Trinity Forest starts where this trail begins. The Santa Fe Trestle Trail is a rail trail running along a former railroad line, originally built in the late 1800’s. You will get to stroll here on your .86-mile journey. This hike is just long enough to offer you a variety of landscapes including forest, wetlands and of course, the floodway. The backdrop is the City of Dallas and the Trinity River, which makes for a wonderful, picture-perfect stop for selfies with Fido! The trail is concrete and offers recreation for both walkers and bicyclists. For an extended hike, you can hop on the Trinity Skyline Trail which connects and heads northwest for over 1 mile.
There are no restrooms nor drinking fountains located on the trail, so plan accordingly and bring plenty of water to share. Using the doggie clean up mitts you have brought from home are a good way to ensure this trail remains pup-tastic! Always keep Fido’s leash clipped on as is required by the city.
The Santa Fe Trestle Trail is just long enough to get in enough exercise and offer your pawtastic friend a great time outdoors in Dallas.
The trail is mostly in the open, so sunscreen is important. Bug repellent in the summer is a good option as well.