Take the Train to the Trails

Posted on Sep 19, 2017 by dartdallas
bikes-at-tree-and-streetcar In just a few days, we’ll say goodbye to summer and hello to fall! And with a new season comes cooler temperatures – perfect for outdoor adventures like cycling. North Texas has an extensive hike-and-bike network that appeals to any fitness level. Best of all, you can reach many of the trails on DART. White Rock Lake Trail is one of the more popular trails in the Dallas area. From just east of White Rock Station, you can head south to the nine-mile loop, or shoot north to the less-traveled, forested White Rock Creek Trail. Bachman Park Loop Trail follows the shoreline of Bachman Lake. The trail is 3.5 miles in length, and is the perfect place for cyclists and runners. It's located northeast of Bachman Station. The Katy Trail, accessible via Victory Station, runs through the heart of Dallas to the edge of Highland Park north of Knox Street. The Oak Cliff Nature Preserve features 121 rolling acres of woodlands and wildflower meadows, and eight miles of hike-and-bike trails. It is near Westmoreland Station. Irving offers another transit-to-trail connection: Campión Trail is a 6.5-mile paved path along the Elm Fork of the Trinity River from North Irving just east of Las Colinas Urban Center Station to Valley Ranch. This trail offers a bonus to mountain bike riders, as several unpaved detours lead to wilder areas off the, well, beaten path. Cottonwood Trail extends from Spring Valley Road to Royal Lane - and it can be accessed from the southwest corner of the parking lot of Forest Lane Station. Just south of the station, the trail's southern terminus meets with White Rock Creek Trail. It runs through mostly residential areas, and features extensive landscape and sitting areas. Chisholm Trail in Plano is a good half-mile from Downtown Plano Station, if you take 15th Street west, just across U.S. 75, but it's worth the trek. The trail connects a strand of city parks and extends north along the banks of Spring Creek all the way to Legacy Drive. Spring Creek Nature Area, about a mile from Galatyn Park Station, offers four and a half miles of paved pedaling distance through the woods in the Richardson area. There is an abundance of foliage, which provides ample shade. Find more parks and trails resources at DART.org/bike.
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