The Scyene neighborhood was once a small, but thriving town with saloons, a bank and other amenities, but when the railroad bypassed it, the population dived along with the economy and commerce. The old town was arguably most notable for being the home of Jesse and Frank James, Cole and Bob Younger, and Belle Star.
As an entry into Dallas's Trinity Forest, this trail provides people and pups with a relatively short walk through forest, damp bottomland, and along a limestone chalk rock ridge known as Scyene Overlook. Here you'll find a sturdy log bench to rest and have a snack with your fur-buddy and view the striking Dallas skyline across the tops of trees. Huge walnut trees and cedars line the path, along with wildflowers and berries. You may spy a coyote or two, and there are many species of birds, including turkey vultures. Turtles can be found in the semi-wet lowland near June Lake, and you'll be sheltered with deep shade until you reach the summit of the ridge.
The Scyene is well-marked for the most part, but Chinese privy hedges threaten to swallow it up in places, only to have it reappear a few feet away. This is a woofderful place to take your furry bestie for a walk very near the city, but far away in terms of atmosphere. Its connections with other trails and overlooks makes it ideal for a weekend or any downtime!
The beginning of this trail is quite steep for a short distance beyond the trailhead, requiring some minor scrambling, but is do-able for just about anyone. Be thoughtful about your fur-pup's ability to climb over rock. If Fido's unable, carrying them up that part of the trail is an option. The rest is easy.