Spring is in the air- we Dallasites know it only lasts a couple of weeks before it gets hot and humid, it is time to hit the abundant hiking trails both inside and outside suburbia. This time of the year some of the trails especially the bluebonnet trail has carpets of bluebonnets and wild flowers in full bloom rivaling the likes of lavender fields of Provence. I usually stick to the my neighborhood hiking trails in Plano but I decide to get out there and explore a few trails outside my usual stomping grounds as part of my get Outside Suburbia program 😉 Have you heard of Shinrin-yoku? I wrote about it in Plano Magazine. The Japanese concept of Shinrin-yoku or forest bathing advocates leisurely walks on gentle paths under a living forest canopy for healing and preventive health benefits. Here are a few trails I narrowed down that I love around the area which are perfect for some forest bathing. So get off that couch and lets go pound the pavements…
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Hiking Trails in Plano
Arbor Hills Trail 3 miles
The Arbor Hills Trail is a part of the City of Plano trail system and is one of our favorites. Arbor Hills Nature Preserve is a 200-acre park with hike and bike trails, a 2-mile walking trail and stunning views of the prairie and forest. There are multiple hiking trails you can go on inside the nature preserve under a canopy of trees There is a trail that loops through the Arbor Hills area of Plano, for a total of 3 miles of trail.
Bob Woodruff Park Trail 3.7 miles
The Bob Woodruff Park Trail is a part of the City of Plano trails system. This trail, composed of a loop and several spurs within Bob Woodruff Park, also connects to the Santa Fe Trail as well as the Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve Trail. The trail also connects to a number of community features including Armstrong Middle School, Dooley Elementary and the Outdoor Learning Center. The southern portion of Bob Woodruff Park is also where Plano’s oldest resident lives, the Quincentennial Bur Oak.
Oak Point Park 3 miles
The Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve Trail is a part of the City of Plano trail system. This trail winds its way through Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve, and includes a short loop for a total of 3.4 miles of trail. It also connects on its southern end to the Bob Woodruff Park Trail.
Hoblitzelle Park Trail 3.6 miles
The Hoblitzelle Park Trail is a part of the City of Plano trails system. This trail consists of small network of loops and spurs around Hoblitzelle Park in Plano. The trail offers a total of 3.6 miles of trail infrastructure and connects to Hendrick Middle School and Hedgcoxe Elementary School.
Chisholm Trail 9.3 miles
The Chisholm Trail is a part of the City of Plano trail system. This trail extends on the South from Harrington Park to the North end of Jack Carter Park and connects along the way to the Bluebonnet Trail. The trail also connects to the Plano Senior Center, Harrington Park, Copper Creek Playground, Big Lake Park, Christie Elementary School, Carpenter Middle School, Schimelpfenig Library, Memorial Park, the Dog Park, Jack Carter Park, Carlisle Elementary, Schimelpfenig Middle School, and Jack Carter Pool. Chisholm Trail provides a continuous trail connection from 15th Street to Legacy Dr. with below grade major street crossings.
Hiking Trails in Dallas
Katy trail 3.5 miles
The Katy Trail in Dallas is one premier urban trail, linking the business district with recreational opportunities, shopping, and urban residents. The corridor is the perfect non-motorized route for families to commute between home and work or school, as well as to recreation and entertainment venues. In addition to its paved surface, Dallas’s Katy Trail includes an adjacent soft-surface track for runners and walkers. The trail runs between Dallas’s West End and the American Airlines Center arena, traversing the city’s urban core past Knox Street, Southern Methodist University and the Mockingbird DART Station. There are several artfully constructed access points along its route. There are plans to link the Katy Trail from the McCommas Boulevard area with the White Rock Lake trails. In the meantime, a dedicated lane is being constructed so that you can continue north by crossing North Central Expressway via the McCommas Boulevard overpass. Eventually, a suspension bridge over Mockingbird Lane will allow easier access to the Katy Trail and increase the distance for cyclists.
White Rock Lake Park Loop Trail 9.4 miles
The White Rock Lake Park Loop Trail is a part of the City of Dallas trails system. This loop trail is one of Dallas’ most popular trails. The trail follows the shoreline of White Rock Lake and connects may of the features and amenities within the park. This trail also connects to the Union Pacific Trail, the Santa Fe Trail, the Katy Spur Trail, and the White Rock Creek Trail (North). Stick to the West side which is better maintained.
Trinity Strand Trail 7 miles
From those who are out on a casual stroll or ride up to the serious runners and cyclists, the Trinity Strand Trail will offer an easily accessible 7+ mile stretch of trail that will connect to both the Katy Trail and the Trinity River. It will allow those who want to enjoy nature and the outdoors the opportunity to do so without leaving the city.
Spring Creek Trail 4.4 miles
The heavily wooded Spring Creek Trail offers a natural retreat through Richardson, a northern suburb of Dallas, as it winds along the picturesque creek for which it’s named. The eastern half of the trail runs through Spring Creek Nature Area, a 51-acre park offering picnic areas, restrooms, and other amenities.
Santa Fe Trail 4.2 miles
The Santa Fe Trail is a part of the City of Dallas trails system. This 4.2 mile concrete surface trail connects multiple parks throughout lower east Dallas and lies on a former railroad right of way. It currently connects to both the White Rock Lake Park Loop Trail and the Union Pacific Trail.
Source http://www.traillink.com/city/dallas-tx-trails.aspx. You can find other trails in your area using this website.