Cyclists, runners and walkers on the White Rock Lake Trail

Cyclists, runners and walkers on the White Rock Lake Trail

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Now that you can step outside without breaking a sweat, it's time to dust off your mountain bike or those trusty running shoes and enjoy the crisp fall weather while it lasts. The Dallas-Fort Worth area has a plethora of hiking and cycling trails that are waiting to be explored. Whether you're a seasoned hiker looking for a day-long adventure, or an amateur wanting to change up your routine, there's a park or preserve with your name on it.

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Katy Trail: Located mainly in uptown Dallas, runs from Mockingbird Lane to American Airlines Center; 3.5 miles in length. Website.

White Rock Lake: The entire lake is ringed with well-maintained paved trails that offer a gorgeous view of the lake, cabins and downtown Dallas. Make sure to include the bridge at the north end of the lake on your trek -- the view at night is a must-see. The circumference of the entire lake path is 9.3 miles. Website.

Cedar Ridge Preserve: Located near Cedar Hill; 9 miles in length. Website.

Oak Cliff Nature Preserve: Located in Oak Cliff; 8 miles in length. Website.

Breckinridge Park: Located in Richardson. Paved and unpaved trails lined with ponds, playgrounds and small forests offer an out-of-town feel without the road trip. 4.41 miles in length. Website.

Fort Worth

Cyclists and pedestrians on the Trinity Trails in Fort Worth

Cyclists and pedestrians on the Trinity Trails in Fort Worth

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River Legacy Parks West Trail: In Arlington, located off of Green Oaks Boulevard. 10 miles in length. Website.

Trinity Trails: Located throughout Fort Worth with views of the Trinity River, downtown Fort Worth and the Colonial Country Club golf course, this amazingly lengthy trail winds through forests that feel uncharted for the perfect outdoor getaway. 20 miles in length. Website.

Grapevine Lake: This lakeside terrain features moderately difficult paths with cliff-lined views that are great for both runners and bikers. More than 20 miles in length. Website.

Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge: Located just west of the Trinity River and Lake Worth; 20 miles in length. Website.

Eagle Mountain Park: Located in the northwest corner of Fort Worth; 5 miles in length. Website.


Elm Fork Trail: Located near Lake Lewisville, just south of Denton, this northern trail helps clear your mind with creeks and beautiful wooded scenery throughout the 10.6-mile course. Website.

Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center: Located northeast of Denton, along Clear Creek and the Elm Fork Trail of the Trinity River. 3 miles in length. Website.

Toyota of Lewisville Railroad Park: Located in Lewisville. Features a dog park, skate park, soccer and softball/baseball fields; 1.5 miles in length. Website

South Lakes Park: Located just south of Denton, this park features sand volleyball and tennis courts, an all-wooden playground, as well as both paved and unpaved trails through wooded and open areas for a true change of scenery. More than 3 miles in length. Website.

Greenbelt Trail and Park: Located between Lake Ray Roberts and Lake Lewisville; 9 miles in length. Website.

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