With summer here and spring’s much wetter-than-usual weather behind us, you may be itching to escape into nature. In Dallas-Fort Worth your options are pretty much endless: the Metroplex is home to forests, wetlands, and miles of hiking and biking trails. Take a look below at the beautiful habitats that are just around the corner.
Arbor Hills Nature Preserve, Plano: Located on the western border of Plano, this 200-acre park features vast areas of natural beauty for walking, jogging, hiking, orienteering, and other outdoor activities. The trail system includes 2.6 miles of paved recreational trails, natural unpaved trails for pedestrians only, and 2.7 miles of designated off-road cycling trail.
The Buckeye Trail, Southeast Dallas: This trail, which meanders into the Trinity River’s hardwood bottomland forest, provides hikers with a true wild outdoor experience less than four miles from downtown Dallas. Trail destinations include the River Overlook and the Buckeye Grove.
Cedar Ridge Nature Preserve, Cedar Hill: A short 20 minutes from downtown Dallas, this natural habitat offers 9 miles of walking trails, bird watching, rare wildlife, and butterfly gardens.
Cedar Hill State Park, Cedar Hill: Located on beautiful Joe Pool Lake, this park is one of the most-visited parks in Texas and encompasses 1,826 acres for camping, boating, fishing, and cycling. Hiking and biking trails range from one-half mile to 10-plus miles long.
Dogwood Canyon, Cedar Hill: Including a 6,000-square foot Audubon Center and Dogwood Canyon Trails with more than 200 acres of pristine forest, the Canyon offers trails with scenic overlooks just 16 miles southwest of downtown Dallas.
Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge, Fort Worth: This hidden jewel of wilderness is comprised of forests, prairies, and wetlands that’s covered in native fauna and flora. More than 20 miles of hiking trails and 3,621 acres of land beckons to those searching for a tranquil piece of nature.
Oak Cliff Nature Preserve, Oak Cliff: This 121-acre preserve is an oasis of green park located right in the middle of urban Dallas. More than 8 miles of multi-use hiking and biking trails await bird and plant enthusiasts, bicycle riders of all ages, and those wishing for a connection with nature.
Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve, Plano: At 800 acres, this is Plano’s largest park. The park boasts 3.5 miles of concrete trails and 5 miles of soft surface trails located along Rowlett Creek. Nature trails are open from sunrise to sunset daily.
Spring Creek Forest, Garland: Home to trees that are 100 to 300 years old, rare plants, and other forest treasures, this is the perfect place to escape the city and reconnect with nature in its most natural form.
Spring Creek Nature Area, Richardson: 4.5 miles of multi-use trail winds through a hardwood forest located at the southeast corner of Central Expressway and Renner Road. Towering trees and impressive views of Spring Creek allow one to easily forget the close proximity to busy streets and to escape easily without traveling off the beaten path.
Trinity River Audubon Center, South Dallas: 5 miles of trails in three ecosystems, wetlands, forest, and prairie, allow for diverse and exciting adventures just minutes from downtown Dallas.
Get outside and enjoy your long weekend!