White Rock Trail

Dallas, Texas

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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.
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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.
Activity Type: Birding, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Road Biking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Dallas
Distance: 9.3
Elevation Gain: 306 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 475 feet
Top Elevation: 506 feet
Driving Directions: Directions to White Rock Trail
Elevation Min/Max: 423/506 ft
Elevation Start/End: 475/475 ft
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Birding Texas

Birding Texas

The 1,119-acre lake, situated in White Rock Lake Park in northeast Dallas, is a popular boating (no motorized craft) lake. Although the wooded portion of the park still supports a good variety of birds, the general area has become a popular walking-biking-picnicking spot. Weekends can be especially busy! But the gradual spillway offers an excellent feeding site for shorebirds, waders, and occasional waterfowl throughout the year.

The spillway area lies along South Garland Road, with parking off Winsted Lane. East and West Lawther drives are the two roads around the lake. Key birds: Wood Duck and Monk Parakeet are present year-round. Least Bittern, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Prothonotary Warbler, and Warbling Vireo occur in summer. American White Pelican, Fox and Harris’s Sparrows, and Rusty Blackbird are found in winter. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, a detailed map, and helpful general information.

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Dallas/Fort Worth

Best Easy Day Hikes: Dallas/Fort Worth

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.

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Best Hikes Near Dallas/Fort Worth

Best Hikes Near Dallas/Fort Worth

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.

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Dallas/ Fort Worth

60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Dallas/ Fort Worth

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.

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May 2018