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Submitted by on September 13, 2011 – 9:46 pm5 Comments

White Rock Lake hike and bike trail

Due to the apocalyptic, ring of fire like weather conditions we’ve had in  North Texas for the last few months I haven’t been on a long ride in ages.  The minute the weather cooled off I knew it was time to spend some serious time in the saddle so I took last Friday off and did just that.  I volunteered my buddy Dennis, who’s also a neighbor and realtor, to ride along.

Just after 9am we left far North Dallas via Meandering Way to the start of the White Rock Creek Trail at LBJ and Hillcrest (sorta).  We headed south until we came to Forest Lane and hopped onto the service road at Central for breakfast at Cindy’s New York Delicatessen.  Cindy’s good.

parked outside bike friendly Cindy's New York Delicatessen

After fueling up we took a new (to me) paved path that’s just north of Cindy’s which allows you to go under Central where we made our way to Forest lane which took us to the  Cottonwood Creek Trail.

Cottonwood Creek Trail bridge near Forest lane

They only recently finished the Cottonwood so this was a section I had not seen nor ridden.  It’s awesome.  We stayed on the trail until it ended at the  White Rock Creek trail.  I brought my Samsung Galaxy 10.1 Tab along for the ride.  It has a camera which also take panoramic shots, this is one of them:

intersection of the Cottonwood Creek and White Rock Creek trails. click to see the larger image, go ahead, I know you want to.

In fact all of the photos in this article were taken with either my Samsung tablet or my Samsung Galaxy Vibrant phone.  Magic mobile picture makers. Here’s another panoramic shot:

Near the White Rock Lake spillway

We took the White Rock Creek trail to, well, White Rock lake. Here was something I don’t think I had ever seen – the White Rock lake spillway was almost bone dry, virtually no water at all was running over it:

White Rock Lake spillway

After riding much of White Rock Lake we took residential streets over to Mockingbird Station and hopped on the DART light rail to take us part of the way back home.  I pedaled into my driveway about 5pm.  It was a long, very enjoyable day on two wheels.

These are some of the least traveled and most peaceful bike trails in Dallas, well at least on a work day that is.  You hardly ever come in contact with cars so you don’t have that hyper “I could get killed any minute” thing going on in your head.  So you’re able to relax and just keep an eye out for other cyclists and pedestrians, which is easy to do.

This is a great ride for those who enjoy long hours of solitude and relaxation.  Not to go all new age here, but this was a very calming and contemplative ride for me.  In spite of everything being scorched from the heat the scenery was still gorgeous and peaceful and without all the traffic noise it’s remarkable quiet.  Perfect for conversation with another rider (or two), or just enjoying the quiet.

Lakewood park

If you like day trippin on two wheels and you’re looking for a long ride with very little interaction with automobiles (and the noise that goes with traffic) then create a route that combines the Cottonwood Creek and White Rock Creek trails.  And if you don’t know already,  White Rock Lake itself is the magic kingdom for cycling (very crowded on the weekends though).

These are just a few of the great hike and bike trails you just might see and enjoy, if you’re Biking in Dallas.

– Chris

ps: guess who could use a chain ring guard on his Electra Ticino 16d?


Originally the water treatment facility at White Rock Lake

DART platform at Mockingbird Station

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Chris started riding a bike again when he noticed the Preston Ridge Trail being constructed across the street from his house. Since then he co-founded Biking in Dallas, has gone through countless Craigslist bike projects (some better than others) and can be found pedaling around town on a Electra Ticino with a camera in tow.

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