Major linear trails typically connect multiple parks, greenbelts, schools, neighborhoods, employment centers, entertainment districts and transit centers. In addition to the obvious recreational benefit, major linear trails are essential in promoting alternative modes of transportation and improving air quality.
Coombs Creek Trail The 1.25 mile Coombs Creek Trail creates a scenic walk along Coombs Creek in the Kessler Park neighborhood of north Oak Cliff.
Cottonwood Creek Trail The 3.6 mile Cottonwood Creek Trail, located in northeast Dallas near Cottonwood Creek, provides a direct linkage between the Preston Ridge Trail and the White Rock Creek Greenbelt Trail. It also provides a connection through Hamilton Park, Texas Instruments, the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) stations at Forest Lane and LBJ/Central, churches and several neighborhoods and employment centers. This trail provides an uninterrupted route through the congested High Five Interchange completely separated from automobile traffic.
Katy Trail The 3.5 mile Katy Trail, is located in between the Uptown and Oaklawn neighborhoods just north of downtown Dallas. Beginning just north of the American Airlines Center and ending at Central Expressway, the trail serves as a 26 acre linear park providing recreational and alternative commuting opportunities in one of the densest areas of the City.
Northaven Trail The nearly two-mile Northaven trail is located in a overhead utility corridor in north central Dallas. The trail currently extends between Preston Road on the west to just near Central Expressway on the east. A future extension will link this trail to the White Rock Creek and Cottonwood Creek Trails.
Preston Ridge Trail The 6.3 mile Preston Ridge Trail, located within an overhead utility right of way in far north Dallas, links Fretz Park, Salado Park and Campbell Green Park. Ending at the city limits of Plano at Hillcrest and S.H. 190, this trail also connects to the Cottonwood Creek Trail providing a bicycle and pedestrian connection from Plano to downtown Dallas.
Santa Fe Trail The 4 mile Santa Fe Trail is located in a former railroad right of way in lower-East Dallas. Beginning just east of the Deep Ellum/Exposition Park area, the trail passes through the Mount Auburn and Hollywood/Santa Monica neighborhoods with a connection to the west side of White Rock Lake.
Santa Fe Trestle Trail
The Great Trinity Forest begins at the Santa Fe Trestle Trail located across the Dallas Floodway near Corinth Street and Eighth Street. The trail can be accessed from Riverfront Boulevard or on the west side of the levees at Santa Fe Street.
The concrete trail begins near the DART Rail Station at Eighth Street providing access across the floodway past seasonal wetlands, stands of trees, far reach vistas of the floodway, and glimpses of birds that live or migrate through the area. At the Santa Fe Railroad Trestle, most visitors are sure to stop and enjoy beautiful views of the Trinity River, the floodway and the City of Dallas.
Trinity Skyline Trail
The Trinity Skyline Trail is the first trail to bring visitors close to the Trinity River in the Dallas Floodway with views of downtown Dallas. The 4.6 mile hard surface trail is perfect for hiking and biking. This new outdoor trail will connect to the Santa Fe Trail after 2017 when the TxDOT Horseshoe Project is complete at I-30 and I-35.
White Rock Creek Trail The 7.6 mile White Rock Creek Trail, located in northeast Dallas adjacent to White Rock Creek, links several parks that make up the White Rock Creek Greenbelt including Valley View Park, Anderson-Bonner Park, Orbiter Park, Northwood Park, Harry S. Moss Park, Fair Oaks Park, R. P. Brooks Park, Olive Shapiro Park, Flag Pole Hill and White Rock Lake Park. The trail also provides a direct connection to the Cottonwood Creek Trail and White Rock Lake.