Hiking is one of our favorite things to do. In fact, we met while hiking with friends a few years back. You’ll find us on a hiking trail most Saturday mornings, except for what we call the three months of hell, and others call Texas summer. So, we’re always looking for new places to hike in the Dallas area. Here are a few of our favorites.
If you have any other favorite hiking spots around Dallas, send them our way, we’re always looking to explore new areas.
Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve
Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve is Plano’s largest park, with 3.5 miles of concrete trails and 5 miles of dirt trails along the Rowlett Creek. This is a great park for going on a long walk. Be warned on hot summer days, the park doesn’t have a lot of shade.
White Rock Lake
White Rock Lake is about 5 miles northeast of downtown Dallas. The Lake covers more than a 1,000 acres. There is a trail that goes around the lake that is a little more than 9 miles for hiking or biking. This is a very popular place with beautiful lake views and Dallas homes. There are a lot of things to do here including a dog park, picnic areas, pavilions for rent, piers and kayak concession.
There are a lot of fun restaurants near by with patios, great for a meal after a long walk. The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens is also by the lake. It’s beautiful year round, but especially so in the spring.
The 3.5-mile long Katy Trail is a privately funded community park built on an old railroad line. Through generous donations and private support from businesses and individuals, the Katy Trail remains in peak condition for residents and visitors to enjoy Dallas’ beautiful, natural trail. The trail is in the City and runs from American Airlines Center to Mockingbird DART Station. Finding parking can be a challenge, especially on pretty weekends.
Arbor Hills Nature Preserve
Arbor Hills Nature Preserve is in west Plano. In this 200-acre park you really feel like your escaping from the city with trails for walking, hiking and biking. The outer loop dirt trail is about 3 miles and is our go-to for hiking. If you choose to go on the dirt trail, make sure it hasn’t rained in the last few days, it does tend to get muddy there. There is also a 2.5 mile paved trail with streams, trees and lookout vistas.
Erwin Park is a 212 acre park in McKinney. This park has hiking, biking, and camping. This is not the place to be when we have had a lot of rain. It’s mostly dirt trails and gets very muddy. But when wildflowers are in bloom and the weather is nice, this is a great park for day hikes.