White Rock Lake - Running

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Tucked within the sleepy neighborhood of Lakewood, the White Rock Lake Trail is one of the most popular trails in Dallas. Boasting 11 miles of paved path/road, the trail hugs the shoreline of the lake and is a road runner's paradise.

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Aaron Stavinoha

Distance

11.0 miles

Destination Distance From Downtown

4.7 miles

Difficulty

3 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

3 hours

2-3 Hours

Seasonality

All Seasons

Dog Friendly

On Leash Only

Fees Permits

No

Land Website

White Rock Lake

Review

Intro

Just minutes from the bustling city of Dallas, White Rock Lake is a local favorite suited for various outdoor experiences. Tucked within the sleepy neighborhood of Lakewood, the White Rock Lake Trail is one of the most popular trails in Dallas. Boasting 11 miles of paved path/road, the trail hugs the shoreline of the lake. Because of the close proximity to the city and surrounding neighborhoods, and the scenic route that it follows, this trail is a road runners paradise. 

What Makes It Great

The short answer to this is easy – the lake. Because so many groups in the city use this outdoor space, the lake and it’s paved trails are very well maintained. There’s nothing better than spending a day of training on the road, but still feeling like you’re in some quaint little lake town. The road/trail that surrounds the lake is built for the long distance runner. Not only does it offer a scenic route, but the trail is made of asphalt, not concrete, and puts less stress on the runner’s knees.

During the summer, road running can become quite a hot form of exercise. Runners at White Rock Lake, however, are able to enjoy the cool breezes coming off the water. The southern winds are notoriously regular, which is why this lake is a haven for smaller sailboats taking advantage of Mother Nature. For those who like to run lite, plenty of water fountains and restrooms dot the roads and trails.

Although one would think a paved trail around the shores of a lake would be relatively flat, there are plenty of opportunities to veer off the main drag and venture into the hilly neighborhood streets of Lakewood. In addition to those areas, the stretch of road above the dam will give the runner a steep pitch for approximately a quarter of a mile.

Who is Going to Love It

The road/trail around the lake is popular with many marathon groups in the DFW area. Although that means a lot of traffic visits the site, the 11 miles offer plenty of space between groups of runners. Because the road/trail runs in a loop, even less serious marathoners will enjoy and conquer the entirety of the route. Beginning runners will also thrive here, and can turn around and head back to their starting point whenever they like. At the end of a nice long run, visitors will have beautiful scenery to enjoy and many other activities should they choose to stick around.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

There are many parking areas surrounding the lake with access to the main trail/road. For the main ‘runners lot’ head East on Mockingbird from I-75  and veer off onto Lawther, where the lot is located. From there you have direct access to the road/trail. There are also several park entrances off Garland rd. on the south side of the lake. All parking lots are free. Dogs are welcome here, but please keep them on the leash. 

Location

White Rock Lake

Dallas, TX, 75218
32.85196, -96.722227

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