From the outskirts of North Dallas to the urban reservoir of White Rock Lake, the White Rock Creek Trail runs north to south for over 8 miles. Local cyclists know that putting in some serious miles in the Dallas metro area can be difficult and dangerous, and this trail provides a welcomed solution. Add in the fact that it connects with several other major trail ways along its length, and the avid cyclist will enjoy a safe, serene, and beautiful day of cycling. An inherently urban trail, the amount tree covered groves and creek vistas it affords will keep the rider or runner feeling like they left the city.
What Makes It Great
The White Rock Creek Trail consists of smooth concrete that gives the cyclist an easy surface to travel on. Traveling through roughly 11 area parks, the scenery of this pathway is ever changing. Views of the Dallas skyline can be caught at several focal points, while other sections afford the rider serenity under tree canopy. While most of the trail is shaded and tree covered, there are sections that take you under major overpasses and busy districts.
With direct access to the White Rock Lake Trail at its southern end, many riders looking for a long loop treat these two sister trails as one. Starting from the upper trailhead in the north, around the White Rock Lake Trail Loop, and then back to the north again will account for a scenic 25 miles of paved bliss. The trail is relatively flat aside from a few dips under bridges, however, it keeps the cyclists attention by mirroring the twists and turns of the White Rock Creek. Following along this waterway also affords the rider views of wildlife and protected environments.
Who is Going to Love It
Giving access to North Dallas suburb residents in the north at Hillcrest Park, and to its Dallas urban residents in the south at White Rock Lake, this trail is available for everyone to enjoy. Sporting 8 officially marked trailheads along its length, access to this trail is unmatched. Beginner cyclists will have many stopping points to choose from at the various parks it passes through that provide bathrooms, water fountains, and resting points.
For those looking to extend their day after riding or running, the trail passes by many shopping districts that provide an easy opportunity to hop off the bike and grab some food or drinks.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
The northern trailhead can be reached by taking the Hillcrest exit off Hwy 635. Driving north for a quarter of a mile you’ll see Valley View Park on your right. Parking there is plentiful and free, and the heavy traffic at this park makes for a safe starting point. The southern trailhead is found off of Lawther to the south of Mockingbird Lane. From I-75 you’ll head East on Mockingbird until you see the signs to exit Lawther to the south. There is a ‘bikers’ parking lot there that provides access to both trails. Parking is free at all spots. Enjoy the ride, and always wear your helmet!