Let's Go on a Run: The Best Trails in DFW
September 18, 2018
BY LILY KRAMLICH-TAYLOR
One of the best ways to explore a new area is to lace up your running shoes and hit the trails. With downtown views, family-friendly parks and eateries along the way, these Dallas-Fort Worth trails will have you exploring the great outdoors, while getting your steps in!
Probably the most well-known trail in Dallas, the Katy Trail is perfect for families, bikers, dogs walkers, joggers or runners. The 3.5 mile-long path built on the historic Katy Railroad connects the Knox, Uptown and Victory Park neighborhoods and features several great stops for food and entertainment along the way.
TRINITY SKYLINE TRAIL
With stunning views of downtown Dallas and spanning over 4.5 miles, this open trail can be accessed by the Trinity River Overlook near Trinity Groves, so you can grab a bite to eat pre or post run. We recommend entering the trail off of Trammell Crow Park or by the Continental Avenue Bridge.
SANTA FE TRAIL
This East Dallas 4.5 mile-long cultural trail connects White Rock Lake to Deep Ellum and Fair Park on the former Santa Fe Railroad line. Not only is it a great trail to explore, but it’s also accessible to hop from one area of Dallas to another!
WHITE ROCK LAKE
While DFW might not be known for its beaches or rivers, it makes up for it with the beautiful White Rock Lake. Here, you’ll find over nine miles of paved paths that circle the entire lake and is perfect for running, walking and biking.
trinity River Audubon center
Located within the Great Trinity Forest, the Trinity River Audubon Center is a beautiful sanctuary for biking, hiking and experiencing nature. Located just 10 miles from Dallas, this place allows you to escape city life and enjoy the 5 miles of trails through three ecosystems: wetlands, forest and prairie.
A trail that runs right through North Dallas, east to west between the tollway and 75, the Northaven Trail provides 2.5 miles of paved road for walking, running and biking. When complete, it will eventually connect to the White Rock Creek Trail.
CEDAR RIDGE PRESERVE
For a more off-the-beaten path and one-with-nature experience, head to Cedar Ridge Preserve near Arlington and explore the 9 miles of trails among trees, wildflowers, butterflies, wildlife and more!
NORTH SHORE TRAIL
Located on Grapevine Lake, this trail offers stunning views of the North Shore of the lake. You can run to your heart’s desire on its 10 miles of dirt roads, and the views of the lakeside cliffs are Insta Worthy.
Fort Worth’s Trinity Trails span over 40 miles alongside the winding Trinity River. Whether running, walking, cycling or even horseback riding, you’ll find something along the way to stop and admire! The trail networks connects with 21 parks, the Fort Worth Botanic Garden and Japanese Garden, Log Cabin Village, Fort Worth Zoo, the historic Stockyards and downtown Fort Worth.