Oak Cliff sits across the Trinity River from Dallas proper and is made up of some up-and-coming neighborhoods that, for a long time, were ignored by city developers. West Kessler is one of those neighborhoods. Generally agreed on as beginning at The Stevens Park Golf Course to the north with the Twelve Hills Nature Center running down the east, this area is a small neighborhood of only 150 homes.
This is strictly a residential area so you will not find any dog-friendly restaurants or businesses, however, just a few blocks to the east at West Davis and West 7th Street, you will find several dog-friendly spots. Bolsa, Oddfellows, Tillman’s, and Tinman’s all offer outdoor seating for you and your furry friend. Texas summers are hot and it pays to heed the hot pavement warnings for the health and safety of your pup. The other three seasons round out the year with relatively mild weather by comparison.
West Kessler is small with only 150 homes and six named streets. It is an easy walk for you and your furry friend as it is mostly flat. With a combination of artificial and natural turf, it is a bit of an older neighborhood that attracts families. The pedestrian traffic you will find will include children and family pets. Know the personality of your canine companion in preparation for these neighborly encounters. North Hampton Road and West Davis Street are both four-lane, heavily trafficked roads that you might want to avoid with your pet if possible.
Inside the neighborhood, you and your pup will be met with some streets with no sidewalks. Plan for both of you to wear reflective gear and to obey pedestrian traffic laws. You and your pup will encounter a combination of an older neighborhood and some new development on your walk. Just be aware of your surroundings to protect yourself and your pup from traffic!
This is a neighborhood you will want to explore with your furry friend on a leash at all times. Inside the neighborhood, you will find old growth trees that will provide shade on hot sunny days. Off of Stevens Village Drive, there are some undeveloped, open green spaces that would be good for some longer leash training. These are not planned greenways but an opportunity to find some green in a small space.
The Kessler Woods Trail leads up to the hidden gem in the neighborhood. The tail end of the Twelve Hills Nature Center is found on the north side of the road. To enter the center, you will need to leave the neighborhood. You and your well-behaved pup are welcome to explore the five-area nature center along the natural trails. This is a well-cared for center, so be prepared to pack out any waste your pup might produce along the way.