Atlas goes for a walk in the park (Credit CBS 11).

Atlas goes for a walk in the park (Credit CBS 11).

Cats may enjoy lounging around the house, but when it comes to dogs, they prefer to get out and explore. Instead of cruising around the same old neighborhood, check out these awesome DFW parks where you and your furry friend can head out on your next adventure.

Addison Circle Park
4970 Addison Circle
Addison, TX 75001
(972) 450-2851 

If you want to take your four-legged buddy on an easy outing, Addison Circle Park is a great place to chill out for the day or night. It may not be the largest park in town, but what it lacks in quantity, it certainly makes up for in quality. With 372,000 square feet filled with winding trails to run on, sprawling fields to play Frisbee on and interactive water fountains for everyone to run through, there are plenty of options to keep both of you actively entertained.

Lakeside Park
4601 Lakeside Drive
Dallas, TX 75205
(214) 521-4161 

If Fido doesn’t fancy dodging bikes and runners along the Katy Trail, then it’s an easy jaunt up Armstrong Parkway to the scenic and less crowded Lakeside Park. You and your pooch can trek along the creek through 14 acres of stunning landscape. You can traverse a bridge, chase a few ducks and even find a few spots to wade in the water. Or you can walk along Lakeside in the opposite direction and cruise the Turtle Creek Greenbelt Trail—a 1.8-mile path that winds through Lee Park and Reverchon Park, as well as back onto the Katy Trail.Related: Best Off-Leash Dog Areas In DFW

Cedar Ridge Nature Preserve
7171 Mountain Creek Parkway
Dallas, TX 75249
(972) 709-7784 

If you think DFW is just a flat asphalt jungle, then you’ve probably never seen its 600-acre slice of paradise, located 20 minutes south of downtown Dallas. Situated at an elevation of 755 feet, the preserve offers 10 miles of unpaved trails that wind through a lush terrain filled with native trees, wildflowers and wildlife. There’s a variety of trails that range from amateur to the expert, with enough climbs and descents to give you both a great workout.

Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve
5901 Los Rios Blvd.
Plano, TX 75086
(972) 941-7000 

Set in the midst of Plano’s rapidly growing suburban sprawl is an outstanding system of parks and trail systems, including Oak Point Park; a densely wooded 800-acre oasis stretching across much of East Plano. Here, you and your four-legged friend can spend an entire day hiking your way through 3.5 miles of concrete trails, as well as five miles of soft surface that meanders along creeks, prairies and wetlands. Additionally, you can follow these trails to the Bob Woodruff Park Trail that offers everything from a lake with a fishing dock to playgrounds, picnic pavilions and plenty of open space for you and Rover to romp and roll around.

Fort Worth Nature Center & Wildlife Refuge
9601 Fossil Ridge Road
Fort Worth, TX 76135
(817) 392-7410 

If you and your pooch want to bond with mother nature, it’s hard to beat this 3,621-acre wonderland located 17 miles northwest of downtown Fort Worth. This refuge is brimming with native flora and fauna as well as being home to countless wildlife such as deer, buffalo, egrets and prairie dogs. With over 20 miles of trails that wind through everything from hills and canyons to prairies and forests, there are plenty of ways to make this hike an epic adventure for both of you.Related: Ways To Keep Your Dog Active But Cool In DFW

Ilene Jacobs is a freelance writer living in Dallas, Texas. Ilene enjoys writing about a variety of topics, ranging from food, fitness and travel, to kids, pets and senior care. You can find some of her work at