White Rock Lake Trail is a 9.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Dallas, TX that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Paved walk/bike path through park constructed around city reservoir. Multiple parking lots around the pathway. Relatively level terrain. White Rock Lake is a water reservoir constructed circa 1900 to supply water to the growing Dallas area. The surrounding land has been turned into a picturesque city park and is, in turn, surrounded by neighborhoods. Paved multiuse pathway circumnavigates the lake with several (apparently older and unmaintained) walking pathways branching off at various points. Interconnects with other pathways (see also http://www.dallasparks.org/Downloads/Trails/DallasTrailNetworkPlan.pdf).
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.
Love it but to many bikers
Crear trail ... I have done it more than 3 times
Great trail with something for everyone
Great for walking, running and biking. There are always people around but not so crowded that you feel smothered. They also have a pretty cool dog park there. It's a beautiful place to run. No entrance fee and many different spots to park.
Favorite place to walk my dogs! My boyfriend and I bring them out here every Saturday morning! Lots of bikes but still great for walking dogs.
Enjoyed the course
LOVE this amazing trail in Dallas. It is an easy grade, not much sloping and really enjoyed all of the beautiful lake scenes.
A great walk. Lots of birds singing and not too crowded, despite popularity.
Best outdoor scene in Dallas. This is my home trail that I hike, jog, and cycle on. On weekends it's crowded so be careful and if you are walking always stay on the right side of the trail for people to pass you.
Awesome and a beautiful day to do it in
Great walk. All concrete. Great views. Walking on top the the dam was the best. Highly recommended.
White Rock Lake is an oasis in the city. Love this trail. It's an easy walk on paved trail. Often busy, especially on weekends
Wonderful and relaxing trail. It's paved...lots of traffic...wonderful scenery...just pleasant.
Nice paved city trail around White Rock Lake. Tons of traffic on and around this trail on the weekends. A lot of "on your left" verbiage. A few little hills to mix it up. Lots to look at and good people watching to entertain yourself during a run or ride. Lots of parking but the bathrooms/porta pottys can be quite sketchy...as in few of them and nasally/visually offensive. Lots of cool homes to see too.