5 DFW Running Trails You’ve Never Run On (But Should)
amandacasanova, NewsCasticWhile the Dallas-Fort Worth area may bustle with daily commuters and the frenzy of big city life, it’s not hard to pull away from that and find a scenic trail for a good run.
The metroplex boasts a range of trails, but here are five lesser-known trails that every DFW runner needs to experience. These trails are a great way to break up your running routine and possibly, even find a new favorite route. Hit these trails for some of the best gems in the DFW area.
River Legacy Parks trails
703 N.W. Green Oaks Blvd.
River Legacy Parks is Arlington’s best of its city park system. The park, which in total spans about 1,300 acres, has about eight miles of paved trails that wind around forest and greenery and about another 10 miles of natural surface. The trails are flat and fast, so it’s a good course if you’re looking to work on speed.
This trail is well maintained by the parks department and features excellent shade and beautiful natural landscaping.
Trinity Skyline Trail
3700 Sylvan Ave.
Opened in summer 2014, this is a newer trail to the metroplex. After a long battle with the city, a Dallas city councilmember successfully helped build this roughly 4 to 6 mile trail.
Within the next five years, the city of Dallas and the federal government are expected to invest about $7.6 million into expanding the trail another 6 miles to connect to the Irving’s bikeways and the Santa Fe Trestle.
The trail runs along the Trinity and features breathtaking views of downtown Dallas. Many of the trails are soft, and while the trail isn’t very shaded, it’s still a great getaway from the city pavement.
Roulette Creek Preserve
2525 Castle Rd.
Head north of Dallas for 16 miles of trail loops at the Rowlett Creek Preserve. The City of Garland parks department maintains this system, which boasts 14 connected loops that wind around dense woods, open fields and wildlife.
About half of the loops are nestled in thick forest and the rest of the trail system is flat and fast over open fields. Some of the loops are best suited for experienced technical trail runners, but trail markings clearly spell out skill levels.
Mountain bikers and hikers also frequent this trail system, but because of its length, the trails are never crowded.
Eagle Mountain Lake
11601 Morris Dido Newark Rd.
Fort Worth, Texas
Trail terrain can be hilly, rocky or challenging in some places, so this trail system is one of the most interesting in the DFW area. Eagle Mountain Lake is well maintained and boasts natural running surfaces of about five miles.
The trail system has six different trails and each has scenic views of Eagle Mountain Lake, along with impressive landscape and sightings of wildlife.
Cedar Ridge Preserve
7171 Mountain Creek Pkwy.
In the heart of the 600-acre Cedar Ridge Preserve are some 7 miles of the best views of DFW.
Beginners will find some of the natural trails perfect for a run, while experienced runners can also find rocky and hilly places to test their fitness. There are six major trails that are clearly marked. Like Eagle Mountain Lake, mountain bikers aren’t allowed here.
Audubon Dallas maintains Cedar Ridge Preserve, so it’s no surprise that there is even a butterfly garden in this trail system. The wooded forests, unbelievable views and elevation changes make this trail system worth a visit.
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