The Dallas-Fort Worth ‘metroplex’ is the fourth-largest metropolitan area in the United States. Since it’s such a large and spread-out city, we’ve divided our running guide to Dallas into three sections: Central, incorporating downtown and the immediate suburbs; Suburbs, which includes Irving, Las Colinas, Richardson, Plano, Garland; and Fort Worth. As a large, spread-out, and auto-centric city, running in Dallas is a bit of a mixed bag. This guide will help you find the best spots! Note: If you’d like to have a guided running experience in Dallas, we highly recommend our affiliate partner Go! Running Tours.
The best bet for running in downtown Dallas is the popular Katy Trail. There’s also some very pleasant running in the Turtle Creek and Highland Park neighborhoods. In the east end, the Santa Fe Trail is a good off-road option. Trinity Skyline is a series of trails below the often dry riverbed.If you have time, our #1 spot for running in the area is White Rock Lake, located northeast of town.
Runners should note that Dallas weather can be searingly hot from May through September, with many days exceeding 100F. As for getting around, there is a steadily improving light-rail system, but a car is generally needed.