I live in Dallas so I'm one of the many regulars found here everyday. I love the natural beauty of this lake although it is manmade. absolutely stunning views all the way around. It gets very crowded during beautiful weather (cooler temps especially on weekends). A lot of bikers, runners, walkers and people out for strolls. There are water fountains, including ground level for pets, all the way around. One official set of toilets with no stall doors but there are maintained port a potties strategically placed. Do always have a roll of toilet paper with you just in case they run out. There are two playgrounds and numerous cooking spots and benches placed around as well. There is also a popular dog park nestled along the way with water access if you want tour dog to play. Kayaks and paddle boards for rent by the marina for a descent price. The trail doesn't get difficult until about spillway. That is a sight to behold because of all the waterfowl that nests in the area. During summer months you can also see the green parrots. But the spillway area has a pretty steep incline/decline that is forgiving in that they lengthened it for less stress. However, bikers love to speed through this point because of the sharp turn at the bottom. very exhilarating for them so be careful. Most of the trail is in the sun and it can get quite hot even with the constant breeze coming off the lake. Do always wear sunscreen. Parking can be difficult on weekends but DO NOT just park on the side of the road unless the signs say you can. Police heavily patrol and ride bikes because it is part of a more affluent neighborhood and there does tend to be crime reported but the lake, especially the Lawther side is pretty safe even at night. I love this place as it is the best place to 'get away' from the city and still be in the city. I didn't give a 5 rating o my because I come too often to see the problems. oh, and thanks to the Pokemon Go craze, a lot of cars randomly stop in the middle of the road so beware! And bikers tend to ride on the road more than the trail, so stay alert if you're driving the road for the beautiful scenery.