Harry Moss Park is a dense patch of greenery hidden amongst the tract housing of north Dallas. It’s a profound and delightful surprise to find such an extensive bit of forest so close to downtown. Better still, it is part of the longer White Rock Trail/White Rock Lake complex, so it is more than an isolated island.
What Makes It Great
The park possesses a unique combination of a) large size for an urban park and b) being almost completely hidden from view. Even those who live next door may know only the picnic grounds at the corner of Royal Lane and Greenville Avenue, but miles of trail lie tucked away behind anonymous walls of oak trees, just out of sight.
Harry Moss Park can be a little difficult to find. The easiest, if busiest, approach is found at a small gravel parking lot at the corner of Walnut Hill Lane and Greenville Avenue. This corner gets very busy with picnickers on sunny weekends, so knowing about the other access points is a must. One is by the Buckeye Beverages about a mile south of the gravel parking lot where a gate opens into a complex of soccer fields. Another access point is the Dallas Fair Oaks Service Center at 7803 Fair Oaks Ave, where a small, rarely trafficked parking lot is open to the public. From this southern access point, you can connect to the 5.5 mile trail system sponsored by the Dallas Off-Road Biking Association (DORBA), as well as a network of equestrian trails (!) snaking through the east side of the park.
To reach the smaller trails, follow the paved White Rock Trail north, under the Walnut Hill Lane Bridge, then branch off to the east. The trails here twist through dense forest and thick stands of Chinese privet (Ligustrum sinense). The privet bushes grow so densely here that you feel at times as though you’re walking through tunnels of near-impenetrable greenery. Considering the urban context, what might be claustrophobic elsewhere provides a real sense of isolation.
The trails themselves, both DORBA and equestrian, are pleasant, well shaded and have relatively little elevation change. They are not meant to be challenging – just a peaceful escape in a hidden corner of urban Dallas.
Who is Going to Love It
This is not the wildest or most remote park, but it does have a surprising degree of quiet and solitude, even on a busy spring weekend. This is an excellent choice for a hike that stays within Dallas city limits, while avoiding the crowds and heat of White Rock Lake, or other, better-known parks.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
The park is about 3 miles northeast of downtown Dallas at 7601 Greenville Ave.