UPDATED MAR 10, 2020
You don’t need an expensive gym membership or fancy equipment to log some miles. All you need is a pair of running shoes and a little scenery. If you’re looking for new route to try out, lace up and explore these Dallas-area spots.
The best part about this route is that you have options. You can run on pavement all the way around, which is just at three miles. Or you can get creative and go off-road — Arbor Hills Nature Preserve has several dirt paths, which give your knees a break from running on pavement and also an opportunity to become one with nature. Fitt tip: for a beautiful view of the Plano/The Colony suburbs, run up to the Observation Tower.
Whether you complete a full lap around the lake (about 9.5 miles) or just a couple of miles, you won’t get bored running at White Rock Lake. There’s something about the stillness of the lake that makes runs here peaceful and relaxing. Just be sure to watch out for bikers!
This is popular spot for many who live in Dallas’ Uptown. The trail begins near Southern Methodist University and Central Expressway and ends close to American Airlines Center, giving away to stunning views of the Dallas skyline. It’s 3.5 miles long, so you’ll have to run seven miles to get back to your car. There’s also plenty of shade and water fountains which makes it perfect to bring your doggos. When you’re done, stop by Katy Trail Ice House for a cold brew or a burger to reload on carbs.
Winding west of Downtown Dallas along the Trinity River, this trail is undoubtedly the best place to snap that perfect picture of the Dallas skyline. Along the 4.6-mile trail you’ll find so many great angles to take pictures of our fine city that you’ll have a hard time figuring out which to post on your Instagram. Take a picture, start your run, and watch the likes pour in — preferably after you’ve stepped off the trail!
Start at Valley View Park at the corner of 635 and Hillcrest Road, and then go on a 7.6-mile trip through different parks of Dallas. Along the trail, you’ll see hospitals, parks, country clubs, and you’ll even run under Central Expressway, one of Dallas’ major highways. If you’re feeling like an overachiever after all of that, continue on to the White Rock Lake Trail for an even longer run.
If you live in the North Dallas suburbs and don’t like to leave your pocket of Dallas, this is the trail for you. The 6.3-mile trail runs mainly along Meandering Way, which runs mostly parallel (it meanders) to Hillcrest Road. Surrounded by homes, this trail is very safe and sees only light-to-moderate traffic. The interesting part of this trail is that there are connections at the northernmost and southernmost points of the trail, which means that, if you wanted to, you could run from the suburbs of Plano, Texas all the way to downtown Dallas.
Although this trail is about a 23-minute drive southwest of downtown Dallas, it’s definitely worth it. Once you’re there, you’ll be in awe of the park’s natural beauty. And with an outer loop of 12 miles, this trail is perfect for those training for an upcoming half-marathon. But if that’s not your speed, there’s also a three-mile path and an eight-mile one. When you’re done, cool off as you peer out at Joe Pool Lake — or just jump in!
There’s something about bustling downtown areas that give off a sense of energy. The same is true for downtown Dallas, which makes Klyde Warren Park a great place for a run. The perimeter of the park isn’t very long (only half a mile), so you’ll have to run a few laps to pick up some mileage. But when you’re done, stick around for one of the many yoga, barre, and other workout classes hosted at the park. And after that, grab a bite to eat at the delicious food trucks that line the street next to the park.
If you can’t play with the pros, you can at least train near them. Richard Greene Linear Park is positioned in-between Globe Life Park, home of the Texas Rangers, and AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys. The two-mile trail runs around Johnson Creek and what is called Mark Holtz Lake, named after the late Rangers radio announcer. And be sure to bring your autograph book — this trail is known to be frequented by players and coaches!
Here’s what you do: park your car at Vitruvian Park, lace up your kicks and start running. As you near the south bridge of Vitruvian Trail, continue south the trail toward Brookhaven College. The Brookhaven College Jogging Trail is a two-mile loop around the school, and the best part is that it’s made with running track-like material — that means your joints will thank you. If you're looking to go the distance, just keep and connect to the Addison Trail for another sweet 4.6 miles. After you’ve burned off those calories, hang out at the park — just don’t feed the ducks!
At 800 acres, this is Plano’s largest park. The park has eight miles of concrete trail and five miles of soft surface trails, so you have plenty of options when it comes to running. The soft trails in the wooded areas are the best because there’s ample shade, and there are beautiful wildflowers along the concrete trails. To get a solid cross-training workout in, go kayaking, canoeing, or paddle boarding in the pond, too.
If you want to get serious about training for a half marathon or a full, you need to incorporate hills into your work regimen (it’s a fact). Flag Pole Hill Park can help. Whether you run up the hill five times or 15 times, you’re guaranteed to get a good workout on this particular mound. Fitt Tip: time up your workout so that it ends around dusk. This way when you’re done with your hill sprints, you can take in a beautiful sunset from the top of the hill.
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