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Resources: Get Moving

January is the perfect time to get moving toward a fitter physique (this could be the year you actually keep your New Year’s resolutions!), and Dallas County has plenty of beautiful walking, biking and hiking trails to get you started. So lace up your walking shoes and check out these exercise hot spots!

Bachman Lake Park Trail, 3500 W. Northwest Hwy., Dallas
Length: 3.08 miles
Features: Kids will love this paved trail system (with a mixture of asphalt and concrete), which provides a great view of Bachman Lake and its resident ducks and geese. You’ll also get an up-close look at planes as they land at nearby Love Field Airport. The trail is a bit narrow, so leave the doublewide stroller at home!

Bert Fields Trail, 7500 Spring Valley Road, Dallas
Length: .8 miles
Features: This trail is perfect for parents who live nearby (no parking is available at the trail entrance) and runs behind a residential area and along White Rock Creek. The hard-surface trail, which is surrounded by a pretty park setting, is ideal for strollers, inline skating, biking and more.

Bird’s Fort Trail, 5756 Riverside Drive, Irving
Length: 1.5 miles
Features: This concrete trail connects with four other trails: California Crossing, Spring Trail Park, Keenan Crossing and T.W. Richardson Park.

Cottonwood Trail, Coit Road and Spring Valley, Dallas
Length: 1.1 miles; 3.6 miles after new additions are complete
Features: This multi-use trail, currently under construction, will be perfect for biking, inline skating, running and more and is convenient for strollers. The trail, which is 12 feet wide and is made from concrete, will not be lighted. It will connect Preston Ridge Trail and White Rock Creek Greenbelt Trail.

Katie Jackson Trail, 5000 Haverwood Lane, Dallas
Length: .3 miles
Features: The trail’s concrete surface, which is 6 feet wide, is perfect for strollers. It winds through Katie Jackson Park, with plenty of natural landscapes and wildlife.

Katy Trail, 3300 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas
Length: 4 miles
Features: This downtown Dallas treasure runs along the east side of Turtle Creek. It features paved trails that are perfect for bikes, pedestrians and strollers, and the area’s mature trees provide plenty of shade during the hot, sunny months.

L.B. Houston Nature Trail, 10000 Wildwood, Dallas
Length: 1.5-4 miles
Features: Leave the stroller at home before heading to these four unpaved hiking trails, which run along the Elm Fork of the Trinity River. The trails provide the perfect place to hike and check out wildlife, including turtles, snakes and herons.

White Rock Creek Trail, 6900 Valley View, Dallas
Length: 7.5 miles
Features: This paved trail winds through Anderson Bonner Park and joins with the White Rock Lake trail system. It easily accommodates strollers, inline skating and bicycles. The speed limit for bikes is 20 mph, and dogs are permitted on leashes.

Caddo Trail, 9611 Wade Blvd., Frisco
Length: 1 mile
Features: Bring your bike or stroller to explore this trail system, which winds along Stewart Creek and connects to J.C. Grant neighborhood park.

Cottonwood Creek Trail North, near the intersection of Stacy Road and North Watters Drive, Allen
Length: 1.66 miles
Features: Get some exercise biking along the pretty Cottonwood Creek, where you’ll find family-friendly routes and some that are more challenging.

Overland Trail, 1600 Janwood
Drive, Plano
Length: .3 miles (one way)
Features: This short trail is perfect for walking with a stroller or biking with beginners and offers plenty of shade on sunny days. After your exercise, take advantage of the on-site playground and picnic tables.

Preston Ridge Trail North, 6701 Coit Road, Plano
Length: 6.16 miles (one way)
Features: This hike and bike trail system runs north-south through west Plano. The paved trail, which stretches from Carpenter Park to W.H. “Buzz” Rasor Park, is perfect for running, biking, inline skating and strollers.

Shady Brook Trail, Midway and Stone Canyon Drive, Plano
Length: 1.9 miles (one way)
Features: This lovely greenbelt park offers paved hiking and biking trails that wind to Sunset Park. Open fields are also available, so bring along a soccer ball for the kids!

Towne Lake Recreation Area, 1401 Wilson Creek Pkwy., McKinney
Length: About 1.25 miles
Features: The lighted hiking and biking trails at this park area will make exercising a breeze! After you’ve made your way around the trail, take a break at the playground or go for a paddleboat ride around the 22-acre lake.

Watters Branch Trail, near the intersection of Ridgeview and Alma drives, Allen
Length: 4.65 miles
Features: This paved trail, which runs alongside a creek, is wide enough for strollers and bikes and shady enough to keep you cool on hot Texas days.
www.cityofallen.org/departments/parks_recreation dc