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There’s nothing like the great outdoors to inspire you to meet your health goals for the new year – especially in Texas, where the weather is agreeable all year round, the air is fresh, and the views are beautiful. Try some of these amazing local trails the next time you lace up your hiking boots.

Piedmont Ridge Trail

Tucked away behind a beautiful ridge of trees, this easy 1.3-mile trail is a favorite with locals. It’s perfect for a quick walk, especially on those days when you’re just feeling run down and tired. You could even take your pup along, too!

Oak Cliff Nature Preserve Trail

The only downside to this trail is how heavily trafficked it is – but that’s because it’s so beloved by Dallas residents. It’s a moderate trail that twists and turns itself through a densely wooded area. The complete length is 6.5 miles – perfect for a weekend jog or just a Saturday afternoon of meandering. Leashed dogs are welcome.

Cattail Pond Trail & Cedar Brake Trail Loop

This is the perfect time to take advantage of this moderate, 4-mile loop – it doesn’t have very many visitors during winter, so lace up and enjoy a little solitude on your walk or run. It’s a beautiful area where you’ll get to enjoy stunning scenery. If you get a chance, go at sunset, when you’ll get the best view available.

White Rock Lake Park

Here, in the most well-known, heavily used park in the Dallas park system, you’ll find a 9.33-mile trail that’s open to both hikers and cyclists. If you don’t have the time to devote to walking the entire length, then just hop on your bike and explore it on two wheels. You’ll particularly love the views of the lake.

Katy Trail

This historic trail follows an old railroad line and is beloved by Dallas residents for its easy access, paved surface, and beautiful landscaping. It’s 3.5 miles long – an ideal length for an after-work jog or weekend morning stroll. The Friends of The Katy Trail’s website also features real-time updates on weather and trail conditions, as well as educational materials about the local flora.

For information on how to practice good hiking etiquette (yes, that’s a thing!), check out American Hiking Society’s tips. And when you’re ready to see and do more in and around the Dallas area, head over to check out our other blog posts!