When traveling to walking destinations in The Cliff with your pet, be prepared for hot, dry conditions in the summer. When temperatures become extreme, pet owners should seek shade, keep themselves and their pets hydrated, and choose cooler times of the day to venture out in order to avoid heat-related illnesses. Springtime in Dallas is wet, but precipitation usually falls with thunderstorms which can be severe and should be avoided. Winters are mild and only a light jacket is required for walking with your pet, however, freezing rain occasionally makes walking surfaces slippery and should also be avoided.
The different structures in the area create lots of variety when strolling with your pet. A nature center and natural area are centrally located in the neighborhood and there is plenty of natural and artificial landscaping like trees, grassy berms, and lawns throughout the community. Most of the area is relatively level, but the inclines in the northern section towards the golf course can present more of a challenge for pedestrians.
The Twelve Hills Nature Area and Butterfly Meadow are located within The Cliff region. This natural area is five acres and has a trail that takes nature lovers past wildflowers, trees, and even some wildlife. Keep your dog leashed and on paths in this area.
Lake Cliff Park is located a short drive to the east. This large urban park is 44.5 acres in size and has natural and recreational areas. For Oak Cliff canines, there are lots of pedestrian trails with plenty of shade trees, garden areas, and a lake to enjoy. Amenities like picnic spots, drinking fountains, and outdoor restrooms are available to dog owners. Other facilities like a baseball field, tennis courts, basketball courts, and playgrounds provide plenty of activity in this oft-visited park.
Dogs should remain on a leash on park trails and open areas and pet owners should be prepared to clean up after their pets to be respectful to other park users.