Best Dog-Friendly Hiking Trails Near DFW

September 11, 2015 7:00 AM

Dog lovers unite! There are some great dog parks for you to visit with your favorite pooch around the Dallas/Fort Worth areas. You and your four-legged buddy can run, jump and have fun together. Check out the best dog friendly hiking trails near DFW so you can enjoy the great outdoors with your pal. Just remember to obey the leash laws and pick up ordinances.
Wagging Tail Dog Park
5841 Keller Springs Road
Dallas, TX 75248
(214) 670-1589
www.waggingtaildogpark.org

Wagging Tail Dog Park is a wonderfully manicured seven-acre park specifically for dogs. Wagging Tail features small and large dog play areas, a quarter-mile walking trail, a deck overlooking White Rock Creek, doggie drinking fountains and so much more. The park is opened from sunup to sundown Tuesday to Sunday. Normally the park is closed on Monday, unless it is an official City of Dallas holiday. You and your pooch will love the landscaping and paintings sprawled throughout the park.

Cedar Ridge Preserve
7171 Mountain Creek Parkway
Dallas, TX 75249
(972) 709-7784
www.audubondallas.org

Cedar Ridge Preserve sits 755 feet above the hill country just 20 minutes from downtown Dallas. Cedar Ridge Preserve is a 600-acre natural habitat with about nine miles of trails, native trees, grasses and wildflowers, butterfly gardens, limited picnic areas and wild mammals, birds, insects and reptiles. You can enjoy a great walk and romp with your dog, but make sure you keep them on a short leash and pick up after your dog.

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Fort Woof Dog Park
3500 Gateway Park Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76111
(817) 392-5700
www.fortwoof.org

Fort Woof Dog Park is operated by the City of Fort Worth Parks and Community Services Department as a way to help pet lovers with getting their dog out for a good time. Your dog needs to have a license to enjoy the park (call 817-392-3737 for details). You and your dog will love separate large and small dog areas, picnic tables, a half-mile walking trail and water spigots. They even host wonderful events such as Doggie Dash.

Spring Creek Forest Preserve
1770 Holford Road
Garland, TX 75044
(972) 205-2750
www.springcreekforest.org

You and your dog will love looking at the towering trees and beautiful wildflowers as they edge the North Garland community. Now considered a preserve for the forest of Chinquapin, Bur and Shumard oaks, Spring Creek Forest Preserve has trees ranging from 100-300 years old that soar more than 100 feet. You will love exploring the forest with more than 650 species of plants and animals. Your dog will enjoy running alongside you freely or on a leash. Just remember to clean up after your pooch.

Grapevine Lake
110 Fairway Drive
Grapevine, TX 76051
Phone:  (817) 865-2600
www.swf-wc.usace.army.mil

Despite your dog having to be on a leash, you can still enjoy various recreational activities including six different trails that range from 0.3 miles to 8.0 miles. The trails include Bittern Marsh, Viero Loop, Cicada, Cottonwood and Redbud trails and have natural grounds. Located off I-35E off of the Valley Ridge exit, you will enjoy seeing a diverse crowd including equestrians, other hikers, bikers, canoeists and so much more. You and your four-legged pal will love the variety and outdoor beauty on the lake.

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