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This summer, you may be wondering how best to enjoy all the excitement to be found in Dallas and the surrounding area. Though it’s true that you may not be able to visit your favorite music venues or sporting events, you can still enjoy the great outdoors – even in a city as large as Dallas! Here are three local nature preserves you should consider visiting during the summer.
Cedar Ridge Preserve – 7171 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, TX 75249
Perhaps Dallas’ most famous nature preserve, Cedar Ridge Preserve is home to 600 acres of natural land and hill country habitats. For avid hikers, fitness enthusiasts, and anyone seeking a beautiful, scenic walk, Cedar Ridge Preserve offers a nine-mile trail perfect for all skill levels. As a bonus, you’ll even get to sneak a peek of downtown city views in select areas!
Trinity River Audubon Center – 6500 South Great Trinity Forest Way, Dallas, TX 75217
For great scenery and a few more recreational opportunities than Cedar Ridge Preserve, Trinity River Audubon Center is the place to go. Here, you can take a kayak tour, explore one of several hiking and biking trails, and even bird-watch within their extensive bird sanctuary. Visit and you’ll soon learn why residents love Trinity River Audubon Center!
Oak Cliff Nature Preserve – 2875 Pierce Street, Dallas, TX 75233
Don’t forget your smartphone when visiting Oak Cliff Nature Preserve – there’s much to snap photos of at this beautiful preserve! Offering both scenic natural areas, quirky art installations (like an oversized spider in one corner of the woods), and plenty of natural wildflowers, this is one preserve that will surely make its way to your Instagram feed.