White Rock Trail

Dallas, Texas 75359

Distance9.3mi
Elevation Gain306ft
Trailhead Elevation475ft
Top506ft
Elevation Min/Max423/506ft
Elevation Start/End475/475ft

White Rock Trail

White Rock Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Dallas, Texas. It is 9.3 miles long and begins at 475 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 9.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 306 feet. Lower spillway, Upper spillway, and another viewpoint can be seen along the trail. There are also parkings and drinking waters along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Santa Fe Trail and White Rock Creek Trail.

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Dallas/Fort Worth (Falcon Guides)
Kathryn Hopper
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"Before air-conditioning, White Rock Lake was where Dallasites went to cool off and teens cruised along winding Lawther Drive. But when city officials banned swimming and disconnected the scenic waterside byway in four places, the park slowly went into decline. Now runners, cyclists, and hikers have rediscovered the scenic loop, thanks to continual improvements that are adding new luster to this city jewel." Read more
Best Hikes Near Dallas/Fort Worth (Falcon Guides)
Kathryn Hopper
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"Before air-conditioning, White Rock Lake was where Dallasites went to cool off and where teens wanted to cruise along winding Lawther Drive. But after city officials banned swimming and disconnected the scenic waterside byway in four places, the park slowly went into decline. Now joggers, cyclists, and hikers have made the 1,000- acre park and its 9.3-mile hiking and biking loop a recreational mecca, the closest thing Dallas has to New York City’s iconic Central Park. In some parts, the trail feels isolated, making it easy to forget it’s just a few miles from downtown Dallas—that is until the trail rounds a corner and provides a stunning view of the skyline. While it’s only about 15 feet deep, White Rock Lake is home to bass, crappie, and catfish, and more than 200 species of birds have been spotted here, including swans, sea gulls, loons, and, of course, ducks. There are plenty of picnicking spots, a popular dog park, and a cultural center with an intimate theater, art gallery, and museum highlighting the lake’s colorful past." Read more
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Dallas/ Fort Worth (Menasha Ridge Press)
Joanie Sanchez
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"Popular with joggers, bikers, walkers, and hikers, this lengthy trail runs along White Rock Lake. The hike starts just past the waterfalllike spillway and hugs the shoreline, offering constant views of the water as it winds past the Dallas Arboretum." Read more

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11/1/2008
Very nicely paved trail, marked with "lanes" for joggers and hikers. Some parts are under construction. It circles the lake and includes many picnic areas. You should secure your valueables out of sight. There are a lot of Aztlan criminals frequenting this area. Do not leave your bicycles unlocked or unattended, and do not expect the police to do anything. The park is pretty safe, and the pretty residential district right beside the lake is nice, but the surrounding area is the liquor store/porn/stripper area and some surrounding areas are occupied.
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8/12/2008
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1/8/2004
As inner city trails go, this is a nice one. Good views of the 'other side' of Dallas. Nice relaxing trip to take the whole family on....
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Dec 2018