Cabin fever got you down? Fear not, you can still get out of the house and enjoy the great outdoors while practicing #SocialDistancing. And while D-Town is known for its vast shopping and dining options and top-notch arts and culture scene, our city also touts green space aplenty. Take in April’s spring blooms and mild weather from one of these four scenic trails.
Cutting through Uptown and Oak Lawn, this beloved pedestrian and bike trail runs from Park Cities at the north end to Victory Park at the south end. At 3.5 miles, it’s not too ambitious to tackle on a nice day. It also leads to the ever-popular Katy Trail Ice House, which is currently offering curbside pickup and daily specials on select food and beverages. katytraildallas.org
Texas Buckeye Trail
Now is the best time of year to venture through this South Dallas hidden gem. Named for its grove of native buckeye trees that bloom every spring, usually in late March, this nature path winds through the Great Trinity Forest. At roughly 1.5 miles, the trail is maintained by a team of Master Naturalists and is accessible via the trailhead at the southern end of Bexar Street. Pro tip: The trailhead backs up to urban garden Bonton Farms, which is currently taking phone and email orders for farm-fresh produce, eggs, meat and prepared foods—all available for pickup. trinityrivercorridor.com
Trinity Skyline Trail
In addition to our favorite Trinity Groves hot spots, West Dallas is home to an urban oasis known as the Trinity Skyline Trail. Boasting stellar views of downtown Dallas, the wide, concrete path is ideal for jogging or biking. Overlooking the lush, green Trinity River basin below, the 4.6-mile trail has access points at Trammell Crow Park, the west side of the Continental Avenue Bridge and the Trinity Overlook via Commerce Street. trinityrivercorridor.com
White Rock Lake
East Dallas’ crown jewel, this scenic reservoir spans 1,254 acres and is surrounded by more than 9 miles of hiking and biking trails. Head to White Rock Lake to get your daily steps in while the gym is still off-limits—the views are so great you might (almost) forget you’re working out. whiterocklake.org
Note: City of Dallas officials are currently monitoring trails to ensure visitors are following the six-feet safe distance requirement. COVID-19 guidelines and regulations are changing daily, so please check the Dallas Park & Recreation website for updates regarding parks and trails.
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