Occasional weather systems with precipitation during winter can cause freezing rain events that make footing treacherous and pet owners may want to wait until icy surfaces thaw and have footwear with good traction. Summer days see extreme heat conditions that are not amenable for walking with your dog and you will need to take precautions to avoid heat-related illness and dehydration by taking water for you and your pup on walks.
A greenway runs along the western border of University Terrace and White Rock Creek and Lake are situated to the east, providing lots of nearby green spaces. The landscape is heavily treed and streets are well shaded, have flat terrain, sidewalks, and grass berms which make them ideal for walking your dog. Grass surfaces are cooler and softer on your dog's paws than concrete and there are no strenuous hills to climb.
There is no shortage of greenways near University Terrace. The SoPac Trail runs along the north border of the community and continues south along the western border. This trail will be 6.5 miles when completed and connects to the much longer White Rock Lake and Santa Fe Trails. This trail is paved, wheelchair accessible, and easy to traverse. Locals with their dogs on a leash are welcome on the trail.
The White Rock Creek Greenbelt is situated just northeast of University Terrace. This natural area is heavily treed with 1,000 acres of green space for you and your pet to explore. The White Rock Creek Trails runs south along the west side of University Terrace. At 8 miles in length, this greenway provides ample natural scenery and distance to enjoy a long, leisurely walk or really burn off some energy. This trail is paved, wheelchair accessible, and is shared with cyclists and horseback riders.