The official blog of the Lung Institute.
Staying active is important for everyone. However, being active when you live with a chronic condition, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pulmonary fibrosis, emphysema or chronic bronchitis, can make remaining active difficult. Even gentle forms of exercise or activity can improve your lung function, and one of the best forms of gentle exercise is walking. Whether you’re a Dallas, Texas local or you’re in town for cellular therapy for lung disease at the Lung Institute, we’ve compiled a list of the best Dallas walking trails for you to enjoy.
What are the best Dallas walking trails?
Dallas, Texas is home to many great trails. With such a wide variety to choose from, you’ll be sure to find the best trail for you. To help you, we’ve put together a short list that includes the Arbor Hills Nature Preserve Trail, Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve Trail, as well as the Cedar Ridge Nature Preserve. All of these trails have paved options and are wheelchair accessible, so people with mobility impairments can enjoy them, too. Call up a friend, grab your camera and lace-up your tennis shoes because it’s time to enjoy these beautiful trails.
Arbor Hills Nature Preserve Trail
One of the best Dallas walking trails is the Arbor Hills Nature Preserve Trail. It’s situated only 20 miles north of downtown Dallas in the suburb of Plano. Featuring paved and unpaved pathways, this trail is enjoyed by hikers, bikers and bird watchers. The paved trail loops through a 200-acre wooded nature preserve and is home to three distinct ecosystems: Blackland Prairie, Riparian Forest and Upland Forest.
You could see grasses and flowers such as the bluebonnet, yellow daises or horsemint in the prairie as well as birds such as killdeer and flycatchers. In the Riparian Forest along the creek, you could see owls, water birds or woodpeckers as well as native trees such as the Bur Oak and Red Oak. The shady and fairly open forest floor of the Upland Forest is home to the Cedar elm, owls, rabbits, bobcats and other wildlife.
Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve Trail
With a variety of trails through the 800-acre Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve Trail, you’ll be immersed in nature. The trail is away from major roads, so it’s sure to be quiet and the perfect place to reflect, write in a journal or practice deep breathing exercises. Because the trail is part of a nature park, you could see an assortment of birds, animals, trees, flowers and other wildlife. Be sure to bring your camera just in case you see something so beautiful that you want a photograph of it.
Cedar Ridge Nature Preserve
The Cedar Ridge Nature Preserve used to be called the Dallas Nature Center, and it’s a scenic bit of the hill country, spanning 600-acres. It’s only 20 minutes from downtown Dallas, and it’s the natural habitat to native trees, grasses and wildflowers. With nine miles of walking trails ranging from easy to difficult, you’ll be able to find the trail that suits you and your needs.
Many people come to the Cedar Ridge Nature Preserve to enjoy bird watching year round, and this preserve is home to the rare black-capped vireo as well as other native wildlife. If you love butterflies and gardens, then you’ll be glad to know that this park has them and designated picnic areas.
Where can I learn more about the Lung Institute and cellular therapy options?
With clinics nationwide in Tampa, Fla.; Scottsdale, Ariz.; Nashville, Tenn.; Pittsburgh and Dallas, there are options for you to find the treatment facility closest to you. While you visit us for treatment or if you’re a local, we hope that you enjoy our best Dallas walking trails. We’re happy to answer your questions about cellular therapy for lung disease, so feel free to contact us at (800) 729-3065 to learn more.