DALLAS: Outer Loop Trail, Arbor Hills Nature Preserve

Go on a hike, ride, or just stop to smell the flowers at this park just outside of town.
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Go on a hike, ride, or just stop to smell the flowers at this park just outside of town.

Hit the 1.7-mile Outer Loop Trail in this 200-acre oasis for a trek or run through creek-laced upland forest and blackland prairie. Or pack your mountain bike to hammer the two-miles of banked turns on the designated biking trails. It's pleasant all year, but target June for a confetti-toss of wildflowers. Bluebonnets, buttercups, and coreopsis bloom while the oak trees along Indian Creek start to bud.

Waypoints

Parking

Location: 33.048229, -96.847889

Access point for the Outer Loop Trail

Location: 33.046945, -96.853149

Access point for the Prairie Trail

Location: 33.047444, -96.851137

To shorten your stroll on the paved walkway, take the Prairie Trail to link to the Outer Loop.

Prairie Trail crosses paved walkway

Location: 33.048012, -96.852158

Junction

Location: 33.049639, -96.856894

The Prairie and Outer Loop Trails converge here.

Outer Loop access point

Location: 33.050633, -96.848128