Spectacular Places To Cycle In Dallas

White Rock Lake has a bike trail that offers spectacular views of the lake
White Rock Lake has a bike trail that offers spectacular views of the lake | © Simple CVR / Flickr
Alex Temblador

Ten years ago, cycling wasn’t really part of the fabric of Dallas. Today, things are slowly changing. While there’s not many bike lanes, Dallas has made a commitment to be more bike-friendly with dockless rideshare bikes and a whole slew of wonderful places to cycle safely throughout the city. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, here are some great places to bike in Dallas.

White Rock Lake

If it’s a weekend and nice outside, you can be sure to find Dallas cyclists at White Rock Lake. The 1,015-acre lake offers water activities like sailing and kayaking. However, it’s the 9.33-mile (15.05 km) hiking and biking trail that makes it a great place to cycle. The cement trail mostly follows the waterfront, allowing for spectacular views of the lake as you bike.

White Rock Lake has a bike trail that offers spectacular views of the lake

Trinity River Corridor

The Trinity River Corridor is slowly becoming something quite spectacular in Dallas – a natural waterway with vegetation, a place to kayak and a spot for cyclists to explore on two wheels. There’s a few trails within the Trinity River Corridor that visitors can take advantage of. The Trinity Levee trail is a six-mile (9.65 km) gravel trail that runs alongside the Trinity River and looks down on the lush vegetation. The Trinity Skyline Trail offers a 4.6-mile (7.4-km) cement trail for road bikers in the Dallas Floodway, which goes beneath the Sylvan Avenue Bridge. Currently, there’s 2.5 miles (4.02 km) built of the Trinity Strand Trail, a trail that will eventually connect the Katy Trail to the Trinity River.

The Trinity Skyline Trail offers a unique cycling experience in the Dallas Floodway

Harry S. Moss

Dallas might lack mountains, but they still have mountain biking trails, like those found on the Harry S. Moss trail. This trail is 5.46 miles (8.78 km) through forested terrain and includes elements like wooden beams, bridges and some cement and brick to reinforce the trails for riders. This beginner-to-intermediate level trail is perfect for those who like small hills and twists and turns along the lush banks of White Rock Creek.

Oak Cliff Nature Preserve

Oak Cliff Nature Preserve offers eight miles of hiking and mountain biking trails in a lovely area filled with forests and meadows in the Oak Cliff neighborhood. The trail consists of eight miles (12.87 km), six different loops, a few creek or waterway crossings. Be on the lookout for artistic sculptures or funky areas in the preserve, which include a large steel spider and another that has a pink Christmas tree. In the spring, cyclists can enjoy biking through fields of wildflowers.

The Oak Cliff Nature Preserve’s mountain bike trails weave through forests and fields

Boulder Park Trail

There’s not a lot of places like Boulder Park Trail in Dallas. It offers 12 miles (19.31 km) of mountain biking trails for beginners to advanced riders. This trail weaves through a wooded area and is filled with creek crossings, rocky sections, climbs and some sharp twists. Those who aren’t looking to be challenged might want to take the Blue trail, as the Red trail will require your complete attention.

Katy Trail

Built on an old railroad line, Katy Trail is one of the most beloved trails in Dallas, as it offers well-paved paths, water fountains, well-manicured greenery and access to different bars, restaurants or apartment buildings throughout Uptown. It’s only 3.5 miles (5.6 km) long, but the paths are wide and large enough for both walkers, runners and cyclists. There are some efforts to extend the trails and connect them with other trails in the city in the future.

Katy Trail is bordered by lush vegetation and has a wide biking and walking lane

Santa Fe Trail

There’s a lot to love about the Santa Fe Trail. This biking trail connects three of the hottest spots in Dallas – White Rock Lake, Deep Ellum and Fair Park. At 4.2 (6.75 km) miles long, it’s a good stretch of biking for all kinds of bikes, with stops at parks along the way.

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