When you want to take the kids to explore all that Dallas has to offer, this list is for you. We’ve got a handful of our favorite hikes for kids in Dallas that have epic views, flat terrain for strollers and loads of animals. Get ready to explore the DFW!

Editor’s note: We’re making every effort to provide you with the most up-to-date information. However, sometimes closures occur at the last minute due to circumstances beyond our control, such as the spread of Covid-19. We highly recommend that you call ahead before you pack your kids (and all those snacks, and diapers…) and haul them across town. Stay safe! 

Spring Creek Forest Preserve, Garland

Just 14 miles from downtown Dallas, this hiking spot has several trails to choose from. From the east parking lot you'll find a flat, paved loop that's good for stroller and from the west lot you can take a mile loop to see some wildflowers in the spring.

More info: springcreekforest.org

Arbor Hills Nature Preserve, Plano

Located on the western border of Plano, Arbor Hills Nature Preserve is a 200-acre park featuring vast areas of natural beauty for walking, jogging, hiking, orienteering, and other outdoor activity. The observation tower gives a spectacular view of the city.

More info: plano.gov

Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center, Cedar Hill

Dogwood Canyon has over two miles of trails into the forested canyon. Choose from the easy Canyon Floor Trail or the more strenuous West Loop Trail. Check trail status before you go if it has recently rained as they will often close trails. 

More info: dogwood.audubon.org

Texas Buckeye Trail, Dallas

To hike on the famous Texas Buckeye Trail, travel to the trailhead at Bexar Street. This important mile long trail takes hikers to a large stand of Texas Buckeye trees that bloom white in spring. The rest of the year, you can walk in the shade of towering bur oaks, pecans, and cedar elms. 

More info: trinityrivercorridor.com

Piedmont Ridge Scyene Overlook, Dallas

The fall is the best time of year to hit this trail as it offers some of the best leaf peeping in Dallas. Once you arrive at the overlook, you will be treated to a great view of the vast Great Trinity Forest and Grover Keeton Golf Course.

Oak Cliff Nature Preserve, Dallas

Tucked into an Oak Cliff neighborhood, the Oak Cliff Nature Preserve is 121 rolling acres of woodlands and wildflower meadows, with eight miles of hike-and-bike trails. 

More info: texaslandconservancy.org

—Kate Loweth

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