White Rock Lake
Many people describe White Rock Lake as an oasis in the middle of Dallas and we don’t disagree. The park boasts a stretch of over 1,015 acres and more than nine miles of trails around the lake. Breathtaking views of Downtown Dallas from across the sparkling water abound, and if you’re lucky enough to catch the sunset, it’s astonishing. Most runners start their journey at the Big Thicket cabin, where you can follow the yellow line all the way around the lake on an asphalt trail. No matter where you walk or run, keep an eye out for cyclists, they take no prisoners. If you get thirsty (which you will), there are water fountains throughout the route—you can always recover with a cold beer afterward (or schedule a mid-run stop at White Rock Alehouse, stashed just off the trail).