Arbor Hills Nature Preserve
Arbor Hills Nature Preserve is a hidden gem in the middle of suburban west Plano -- 20 miles north of Downtown Dallas. The 200-acre wooded nature preserve has paved pathways that loop you through the wilderness with amazing views. If you so desire, you can veer off the beaten path, as you have access to unpaved hiking and mountain-biking trails. Just take proper precaution; you're sharing the preserve with snakes (yes, snakes) and other unruly characters. If snakebites aren't enough to get you excited, the park offers three trails with distances from 0.4 miles to 1.3 miles, so there’s something for everyone. Weekends are busiest, so get there early (as in 5am); if you’re a midnight runner, just like Dexy was, get there before the park closes at 11pm.