The running scene in Dallas has been improving. As a spread out, quite car-oriented city, running takes some planning. The best place to run in downtown Dallas is the Katy Trail, a lovely 3.5 mile corridor following an old railroad bed. It is especially accessible from the west end part of the city. From the Deep Ellum area, further east, the Santa Fe Trail runs about 5 miles out to White Rock Lake. The ‘destination’ run in Dallas is White Rock Lake, a beautiful park/reservoir with a 9+ mile paved path around its perimeter. Just north of Dallas, Bachman Lake has a nice 3.1 pile waterside perimeter trail.
We also recommend a few routes in some of the more populated Dallas suburbs and areas frequented by travelers:
- Plano/Richardson Area: Arbor Hills Nature Preserve, Duck Creek Greenbelt (Garland).
- Fort Worth. Extensive series of trails called the Trinity Trail System.
- DFW/Grapevine: Best bet is series of trails around Grapevine Lake
- South of Dallas: Trinity Forest Trail at Lemmon Lake is a good running spot.
There are two things to be careful about when running in Dallas. One is the heat — temperatures in May through September can regularly top 100 degrees, so you will have to run early or late in the day. Also, my experience in Dallas has been that there are many secondary roads that don’t have sidewalks — so best to use this guide and do so research before heading to Dallas.