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Visitor's Overlook: Joe Pool Lake Dam Trail [CLOSED]

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Escarpment Nature Preserve

Visitor's Overlook: Joe Pool Lake Dam Trail is a 3.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Dallas, Texas that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and road biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.9 miles Elevation Gain: 164 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly


road biking







Note: The trail has been closed until further notice by the Army Corps of Engineers. For more information, please see

23 days ago

I love this place. It’s beautiful and serene. It isn’t challenging for a run or walk but it’s so beautiful the rest doesn’t matter. Unfortunately it’s been closed for almost two years for “repairs”. There was a tentative reopening date of May 2019 but it never opened back up and there have been no updates since then.

6 months ago


no shade
Sun Apr 07 2019

Some uneven and cracked road sections, but overall a great uncluttered route.

Mon Jan 28 2019

peaceful and relaxing.

Fri Jan 11 2019

A good trail to run on for sure! It’s so peaceful and with a beautiful view!

road biking
Sun Jul 22 2018

great for walking and riding however it is closed until further notice for repairs. This information should be updated on this site!

mountain biking
Mon Mar 27 2017

Good for taking the kids on there bikes.

Sat Mar 25 2017

The trail itself is decently bland, just walking on an empty road. But I really enjoyed the feel of the place, especially during springtime when the floors are blooming. The trail gave off a "lonely adventure" or "nature overcoming city" type of vibe. Great for pictures. I would recommend going on this trail with a longboard or bike, its a bit too tedious on foot.

Thu Feb 09 2017

Great view of the lake. Nice for a walking, jogging, or biking. Family friendly. Only negatives would be windy days and no shade.

Sun Dec 22 2013

Pretty view, but the wind can be brutal. Straight paved road. I took my dog for a walk here... pretty boring. We're more the hiking types. Probably won't be back.

Sun Nov 25 2012

Great trail for riding and walking\running. Beautiful view of the lake. One of the few trails easily accessible and safe visiting after the sun goes down (good for this time of year when the sun sets at 530). Be aware there is NO shade on this trail at all.

mountain biking
Tue Sep 04 2012

AKA Northside Impoundment Trail.... Great 8 miles (four each direction) for time-trial type riding. Views of lake and surrounding area are ok, but I use this trial for building cardio. Best during the week, weekends are packed with slow traffic. If you are looking for technical riding, this is exactly the opposie.

Thu Aug 25 2011

Flat straight not much to it but a good view of the lake.

road biking
10 months ago

Tue Jan 09 2018

Sat Jun 04 2016

Sun Feb 28 2016