Now that we are approaching summer, are you ready to dust off the bike or pull out your old running shoes? There are plenty of trails for you to explore in the DFW area. Here are some of my favorite:
Breckinridge Park – 3555 Brand Rd., Richardson, TX 75082
Breckinridge Park is a 417.13 acre park on N. Brand Rd. south of Renner Rd. It has multi-use trails, picnic and playground equipment, two pavilions, one gazebo, 12 soccer fields, two softball fields, three ponds, and natural areas. It also has restroom facilities.
Arbor Hills Nature Preserve – 6701 W. Parker Rd., Plano, TX 75093
Arbor Hills is a 200 acre park in west Plano that is managed by the City of Plano. It offers natural hiking trails, mountain biking trails, and paved trails for walking or cycling. The park has excellent amenities with lots of parking, nice restrooms, and three covered pavilions with picnic tables. This is a very nice park for getting in a relaxing 2-3 mile hike after work.
Texas Buckeye Trail – 7000 Bexar Street, Dallas, Texas 75215
The Texas Buckeye Trail is a natural surface nature trail that meanders into the Trinity River’s hardwood bottomland forest. Trail destinations include the River Overlook and the Buckeye Grove. Both paths will lead you to the river’s edge deep into the forest surrounded by mature Bur Oak, Cedar Elm and Pecan trees. This trail provides the hiker a true wild outdoor experience less than four miles from downtown Dallas!
Cedar Ridge Nature Preserve – 7171 Mountain Creek Pkwy., Dallas, TX 75249
The Cedar Ridge Nature Preserve is a scenic, rich in wildlife, slice of hill country. Formerly the Dallas Nature Center, the preserve spans 600 acres between Mountain Creek Parkway and FM 1382, a short 20 minutes from downtown Dallas. The natural habitat is jointly owned by the City of Dallas and Dallas County and features native trees, grasses, and wildflowers, displaying the natural beauty of the area. The Cedar Ridge Nature Preserve offers a variety of amenities for visitors. There are 9 miles of walking trails ranging from easy to difficult, providing the perfect experience for any hiker. Bird watching is a popular activity year around, and the preserve is home to the rare black-capped Vireo as well as a wide variety of wildlife. The center also features butterfly gardens and picnic areas.
Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve Trail – 5901 Los Rios Blvd., Plano, TX 75074
The Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve Trail is a part of the City of Plano trail system. This trail winds its way through Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve, and includes a short loop for a total of 3.4 miles of trail. It also connects on its southern end to the Bob Woodruff Park Trail.
Bob Woodruff Park Trail – 2601 San Gabriel Dr., Plano, TX 75074
The Bob Woodruff Park Trail is a part of the City of Plano trails system. This trail, composed of a loop and several spurs within Bob Woodruff Park, also connects to the Santa Fe Trail as well as the Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve Trail. The trail also connects to a number of community features including Armstrong Middle School, Dooley Elementary and the Outdoor Learning Center. The southern portion of Bob Woodruff Park is also where Plano’s oldest resident lives, the Quincentennial Bur Oak.
Spring Creek Forest Preserve – 1770 Holford Rd., Garland, TX 75044
• Natural forest preserve
• Trail – 0.33 miles concrete
• Trail – 0.50 miles natural surface
Spring Creek Trail – Renner Rd. at US 75 Central Expway (southeast corner), Richardson,TX 75080
Richardson’s Spring Creek Trail contains 4.5 miles of heavily-wooded, winding, looping trail. Although immediately located at the southeast corner of Central Expressway and Renner Road, one forgets how close they are to the freeway because of the trees and the impressive views of Spring Creek. The City’s Renner Trail connects to this trail from the west, and a number of the City’s eastern trails–Central and Owens–originate from it as well. In addition, a recently completed extension now carries the trail to the north where it intersects with Alma Drive and the George Bush Freeway. Paved parking is available at Central/Renner Road, and numerous park benches are also scattered along the trail.
I hope everyone has a wonderful, safe and fun summer!