Oak Point Nature Preserve
Distance: 7.9-mile loop
Just north of Dallas in Plano, Oak Point Nature Preserve is one of the few remnants of the Blackland Prairie. Those remnants include venomous snakes, foxes, opossums, and other creatures... so prepare accordingly. On the upside, there is plenty of bird-watching, rare plant-sighting, and beautiful overall scenery in the heart of this popular suburb. Dogs are also allowed, so, in case you DO run into some unruly characters, your best friend can always protect you.