Cedar Ridge Preserve
Cedar Ridge Preserve is located just about 20 minutes southwest of Downtown Dallas. This slice of hill country in Dallas offers unique and beautiful terrain with eight miles of trails and scenic views of Joe Pool Lake. There is a total of 13 trails offering short sprints to the longest trail at 1.9 miles. For those looking for a cardio challenge, the trail provides a variety of inclines and descents. Whatever you do, don’t forget to stop and look around at the wildflowers, birds, and the north Texas blackland prairie ecosystem in all its glory. Feel free to invite your four-legged friend; so long as they're on a leash, dogs are welcome. To get there, take I-35E south from downtown Dallas. Keep right at the fork to stay on US-67 S for Cleburne. Exit Danieldale Rd and turn right. Stay on it until you see the Cedar Ridge Preserve sign on the left. Park at the Educational Center. Cedar Ridge Preserve requires no fee but suggests a $3 donation. The park is closed on Mondays but is typically open all year long, from 6:30am to 8:30pm.
Marion Sansom Park
This intermediate trail is located near Lake Worth in Northwest Fort Worth and offers a variety of loops with some tough footing and elevation gains. The stretch of scenery is incredible, and there’s even a waterfall for your viewing pleasure. Be aware that the trail can be hard to navigate at times with a lack of markers, so bring a printed-out map, or just bring your dog to help navigate; the trail is dog-friendly. Be sure to use the bathroom before you run unless going al fresco is your thing, and BYOW (bring your own water) because there are no fountains on the trail, besides the RaceTrac gas station several miles down the road.