White Rock Creek Trail

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White Rock Creek Trail is a 8.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Dallas, Texas that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 8.7 miles Elevation Gain: 193 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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wheelchair friendly

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This trail offers refreshing variety for hikers, bikers, joggers, and rollerbladers alike as it connects Anderson Bonner Park, Harry S. Moss Nature Area, Fair Oaks Tennis Center, and eventually joins the white Rock Lake Park trail system. This is a concrete, 12'-wide (narrows at points to 8') path that runs along White Rock Creek in North Dallas.

hiking
29 days ago

I got some good miles done today. The trail is well paved, and it passes by some different parks along the way. Most of the people that I saw on the trails were bikers. The trail goes under road bridges, and runs along roads at some points. Most of the time it runs along side the creek. Sadly, the creek has a lot of trash littered about the place. I wish the city would try harder to help clean it up.

hiking
4 months ago

trash all over and several homeless folks along the way. otherwise easy walking or biking

road biking
5 months ago

Okay, the first part is great. Back in the woods, near water, it’s not too crowded. Towards the end, the Cottonwood creek area is pretty populated with street people. Which doesn’t bother me but it’s a different environment than an exercise trail.

road biking
7 months ago

good signage at mile markers. but some confusing off shoots between. lots of tree debris from june 9 storm still laying around.

hiking
9 months ago

It’s an ok trail. Mostly paved. The creek would be nice if it wasn’t full of trash. But, I guess that’s to be expected within city limits and the overpopulation Dallas has. I didn’t see one single girl/woman. A bunch of sketchy looking dudes sitting in their vehicles or just standing around outside. Either looking to hook up with each other or drug dealers. That made me uncomfortable. Most likely won’t come back here alone.

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9 months ago

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11 months ago

I don't hike this trail but I do bike it. The lead up to the lake is trashy and sometimes covered with water and mud. Lately due to crime, you have to watch yourself along this portion. Once to the lake it's fairly nice, with the city replacing the old blacktop with concrete. Go on a sunny day with little wind and it's a wonderful ride. I would never hike the lead up trail. However there is parking off the lake if you wish to avoid the lead up.

road biking
Sun Jul 08 2018

The wooded areas are really pretty. Creek levels are low and there was a lot of trash in it and on the trail...makes me sad and mad. Saw a couple of men sleeping under the bridge at Forest and another taking a "shower" at the water fountains near 75 and 635 in that open area. Decided that I should probably turn around there...met back up with WRC trail and biked it until the trail was closed...somewhere on Park Central. It's probably best to bike it with a buddy...definitely felt safer on a bike than I would have running alone.

Tue Jan 09 2018

I've been biking on this trail for over 10 years, and have never had an incident other than being stared at by a coyote and almost running over a snake. That said, I simply wouldn't walk on this trail alone. As others have said, the trail passes through some fairly isolated areas where you're liable to encounter some sketchy people living under bridges and what-not. I still bike it from time to time, because it's easier to find another cyclist to keep in view while traversing the sketchy areas. This would be a nice trail without all the negatives from being in a large urban area, such as trash, graffiti, and potential for crime.

road biking
Thu May 04 2017

Light on traffic, but not very well maintained. Asphalt and concrete repairs needed.

Wed Apr 05 2017

Best features: follows White Rock Creek through some nice wooded areas. Smooth and wide concrete trail. Runs under major street bridges so avoids auto traffic. Worst features: inconsiderate groups of cyclists who who ride two or three abreast across the whole trail. Runners with earphones who can't hear cyclists calling out when coming up behind them. Can be crowded on weekends.

walking
Tue Oct 11 2016

Simple paved trail loop with a few choice off-road trails.

hiking
Wed Aug 24 2016

Hiked 8.5 miles today. Wouldn't hike it again. All paved, lots of graffiti, homeless people camped out right beside the trail near where it goes under Forest Lane. Can't really even enjoy the river for all the trash. I would bike it, but probably not alone.

Sun Aug 14 2016

bike path. not very safe if you are a jogger

walking
Sun Jul 31 2016

This trail is far from "multiple activities." This is basically a bike path (I was the only person on foot I saw all day) with some places so full of graffiti that not being on a bike feels unsafe. I was looking for a nice hike. This was definitely not the place to go. Will not be returning.

Mon Jul 18 2016

Covers a lot of distance Good for biking

Sun May 01 2016

Considering that someone was hacked to death with a machete last year, I am a little leery to go on there again. There is a lot of trash. And some pretty sketchy people.

Wed Apr 13 2016

Walked about 6 mi. I wish the trail would have gone in a loop and not straight. Lots of trash in the river.

walking
Sun Feb 21 2016

Pretty nice place to walk the dog

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