Dallas, TX: Suburbs

Richardson and Garland Running Options

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Richardson is an area of north Dallas just north of I-635, home to numerous high-tech companies. There are some nice parks and linear trails for running. Our favorite places to run in Richardson:

Breckinridge Park. 417-acre park with 7 miles of multi-use trails, including a 2.5-mile trail along Rowlett Creek with mile markers. Playgrounds, fields, and a couple of small lakes. An 0.8 mile trail extends out of the northern end of the park alongside the road. TRAIL MAP

Residential Route. For some quiet, shaded residential roads with nice homes, the area just east of the university, anchored by the Canyon Creek Golf Course is very pleasant for running. We’ve mapped a ~5 mile route using Canyon Creek Dr. and W. Prairie Creek Dr. alongside Prairie Creek Park as an anchor.

University of Texas at Dallas. A decent 4-mile loop on multi-use paths around the campus, paralleling University Pkwy. and N. Floyd Rd. Add-On: Continue onto Canyon Creek Dr. at Point North Park and explore the residential area east of the university, and around the Canyon Creek Golf Course. ROUTE MAP

Duck Creek Linear Park. A paved trail runs through Duck Creek Linear park for 1.3 miles from Belt Line Rd. north to N. Plano Rd. Can incorporate with ~1 mile trail west to Huffhines Recreation Center and Mark Twain Park. Overall you could make this a 5-miler. TRAIL MAP

Duck Creek Parkway/North Dallas Greenbelt. ROUTE MAP.  In Garland, this wide, paved trail runs parallel to Duck Creek Dr., through Cody Park, Gatewood Park, Audubon Park, and Bass Park. One can do a really nice 5 mile loop here. More information.