Stay Fit While Traveling In Dallas-Fort Worth: Best Places To Run

There are many reasons DFW is a great place to live and visit. The weather in the Metroplex is fantastic 11.5 months of the year. This means that you can get outside and be active. Whether you are a business traveler or visiting Dallas-Fort Worth with family, staying fit and active is important. Sometimes the hotel gym just doesn’t cut – plus lacing up your running shoes and heading out is uncomplicated and rewarding.

With an area as large as the DFW Metroplex it can be daunting to try to find a place to run. We have put together a list of our favorite places and will update this list so that we cover the Metroplex in full detail.


White Rock Lake – White Rock Lake is a reservoir located in north-east Dallas that has a 9 mile loop around it. It’s always full of runners, dog walkers, parents, children, and locals. There are water fountains all around the lake as well as a fantastic view of downtown Dallas. One word of caution: keep one ear bud out so that you can listen for cyclists. They are whipping around the lake as well.



Katy Trail – Start out near the American Airlines Center and head north toward SMU. Along the 3.5 mile trail you will pass the Katy Trail Ice House, but don’t stop until you’re coming back or you may not finish that run. There are plenty of people on the trail and plenty of space to run, run, or even bike.



Arbor Hills Nature Preserve - Arbor Hills is a little oasis in the middle of the busy suburb of Plano, Texas. Spring and Fall are great times to visit because the colors are vibrant. It is a challenging run with some decent hills and there are lots of distance combinations with a 3 mile outer loop and 1 mile inner loop - all paved. Pavement not your thing? There are trails too!




Oak Point Nature Preserve - Oak Point has a short dirt trail section, but it also has a lot of pavement... complete with ponds, plenty of bathrooms, and water fountains, and well-traveled so you aren't alone out there. You can also connect to Bluebonnet Trail and Chisholm Trail if you want to cover more miles.



Bachman Lake Trail – This trail is 3.5 miles (sound familiar?) and is best for runners so you will be able to avoid the cyclists. While the trail can be busy on weekends, if you are in town for a mid-week business meeting and want to get those miles in, then Bachman Lake is a great place for you to go and run without much distraction.


Cedar Ridge Preserve – Another coincidence in that this trail is 9 miles? This trail is great for hikers, trail runners, dog walkers (keep on a leash), and bird watchers alike. Located 20 minutes south of Downtown Dallas you can experience the Texas Hill Country without driving hours to get there. Cedar Ridge Preserve will get your heart pumping but also provide you an opportunity to stop and smell the flowers.



As you can see, Dallas-Fort Worth offers a variety of places to run and each will present you something different. People watching, bird watching, Downtown, Uptown or suburbs…DFW has everything you need to stay fit while travelling.

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20 Feb 2017

By Jason Bahamundi