Located in the heart of Dallas, Texas, you probably would not expect such a gorgeous nature hike, but the Texas Buckeye Nature Trail is a trek to remember. This 1.6-mile loop trail is pawsitively wonderful and dog furiendly to boot, as long as Fido is kept on a leash at all times. The relatively flat path meanders through the Great Trinity Forest and takes you through a large stand of Texas Buckeye Trees, which is how the trail got its name.
You and your canine kiddo will begin at the trailhead at the dead end of Bexar Street in Dallas, where there is some street parking and a small barking lot where it is free to park your vehicle. The neighborhood citizens have built a nice picnic pavilion at the trailhead where you can relax and check out the view before or after your hike. There are no restrooms or water access, so you will need to bring your own H20 and baggies to clean up after your furry buddy.
The surface of the Texas Buckeye Trail is soft and natural dirt and gravel, but it opens up into a paved spur path that the city built to provide wheelchair and stroller access to the Trinity River, which you will find at about the half-mile mark. When you get to the Buckeye tree stand, you will see the concrete path to the west that will take you to the Trinity River. This is a very well-maintained trail and has adequate signage, so you will not have to worry about getting lost on this quaint path.
You and your pup will most likely come across some wildlife such as deer, otters, feral hogs, and many kinds of birds and waterfowl. There are also alligators in the area so please be careful to keep your pooch close to you at all times. The path is easy to walk, and the paved path even has several benches for you to sit along the path. The main interest for most who hike this trail is the furific Buckey trees, which are best viewed during the spring when the huge yellow flowers are in full bloom. You and your pupster are going to love this short and easy hike and will want to return again soon.