Northwood Hills is located in what is commonly referred to as North Dallas. Coming in at just around 2 square miles, if you looked on a map, you would see almost a perfect square. The area is bordered by Belt Line Road to the north, S Coit Road to the east, 635 to the south, and Preston Road to the west.
The only way to beat the heat of the Texas summers is by taking early morning walks with your pup to save their paws from the hot pavement. Winter, spring, and fall are more mild with rogue thunderstorms or freak ice storms. Whatever season you find yourself in, there are a few dog-friendly spots in Northwood Hills. Take a walk with a friend on a hot summer day or meet up at Torchy’s Tacos on Preston for tacos and their dog-friendly patio. There are plenty of spaces to relax with your pooch at your side.
Northwood Hills is a densely populated area with a diverse mix of artificial and natural turfs. Closer to the main roads, you are going to find sidewalk-heavy experiences with lots of automotive traffic. You will want to follow pedestrian traffic laws and only cross in designated crossing zones.
The inner roads of the neighborhood are where you and your furry friend will probably spend most of your walking time. Many internal streets of this neighborhood do not have sidewalks and the streets are the common, narrow residential streets. Walk against traffic and keep your pup on a short leash on the curbside of the road. This is a slightly rolling area with the most of the green spaces being private lawns. Be a good neighbor and pick up any waste. A good walking routine here should not overexert you or your pup. Preview your walking routes ahead of time to make sure you know where you're going.
Northwood Hills has several greenways you and your pup can enjoy. Fretz Park is a 31-acre community park found on Belt Line Road near the Northwood Hills Elementary School. This is a destination park with amenities such as a pool and recreation center. Park amenities can be found throughout with trails, a playground, and sports fields. From Fretz Park east, you and your pup can follow the tail end of the Preston Ridge Trail around the west corner of the neighborhood. This is a 6.1-mile trail that starts at Hanover Court and welcomes walkers, cyclists, and skaters.
Take a walk toward the west to find the White Rock Creek area and Bert Fields Park, a large 59-acre park that is home to trails that weave in and around White Rock Creek. Small wildlife will be present this close to the creek, so you might want to hang on tight if your pup is one that is prone to a happy chase!