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Dallas Surprises: Hiking Scene

It's not all skyscrapers! It's National Hiking Day and the perfect excuse to get some quality time on the trails.

Posted on Nov 17, 2016

You didn't think Dallas was actually all just highways and city blocks, did you? Escape from the city buzz with some pep in your step at some of your favorite hiking spots – all within minutes of Downtown Dallas.

Trinity Audubon Center
17 minutes from Downtown Dallas

Take your pick from eight trails to explore, each with their own unique twist. The Cattail Pond Trail takes you to the bird blind, where you can take a few minutes to see the wildlife passing by. Head to the butterfly garden on the Trinity River Trail and stop by the picnic area for a quick break. 

Pro tip: Many of the trails are wheelchair accessible, and the center pays close attention that there are wheelchairs available for visitors (just call ahead to make sure they have some available.)

Oak Cliff Nature Preserve
15 minutes from Downtown Dallas

Recharge with more than 8 miles of hiking and biking trails and a beautiful scenery without going far from Downtown Dallas. There are two creeks to cross so good water-resistant shoes are a must as you explore the open fields and scenic wooded areas.

Pro tip: Bring a bike! The trails offer 6 loops to make the most of your ride, with the White Trail providing the longest path at 2.25 miles.  

Cedar Ridge Nature Center
20 minutes from Downtown Dallas

Head out early to this one – it's a popular spot on the weekends. Use the easy-to-navigate signage and head out to explore more than 8 miles of natural surface trails. There's 13 trails to pick from, starting with the easy-on-the-knees Park in the Woods Trail (no hills here) to the break-a-sweat Fossil Valley Trail, featuring a workout-worthy incline of nearly 100 feet.

Pro tip: Take a selfie break at Cattail Pond. The pond is toward the end of the Cattail Pond Trail and it's a good halfway point rest stop. The pond's quiet nature and wooden benches are perfect for a small break and photo session.

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