Katy Trail (Dallas)

Texas

Katy Trail (Dallas) Facts

States: Texas
Counties: Dallas
Length: 3.5 miles
Trail end points: Lytle Street at American Airlines Center and Airline Road
Trail surfaces: Concrete
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6017438
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Katy Trail (Dallas) Description

The Katy Trail in Dallas is a premier urban trail, linking the business district with recreational opportunities, shopping, and residential neighborhoods. The corridor is the perfect non-motorized route for families to commute between home and work or school, as well as to recreation and entertainment venues.

In addition to its paved surface, the 3.5-mile route includes an adjacent soft-surface track for runners and walkers. The pathway runs between Dallas' West End and the American Airlines Center arena, traversing the city's urban core past Knox Street, Southern Methodist University, and the Mockingbird DART Station.

There are plans to link the Katy Trail from the McCommas Boulevard area with the White Rock Lake trails. In the meantime, a dedicated lane is being constructed so that you can continue north by crossing North Central Expressway via the McCommas Boulevard overpass. Eventually, a suspension bridge over Mockingbird Lane will allow easier access to the Katy Trail and increase the distance for cyclists.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking is available near the southern end of the trail in Reverchon Park (3505 Maple Avenue).

Katy Trail (Dallas) Reviews

This is a classic "RR right of way turned trail" as it runs through a heavily treed area from downtown toward the urban burbs and SMU. There's a very slight rise from the south end up to the trail, then it's virtually flat. The separate jogging path, for about 50% of the trail, is helpful for all, but the original concrete path is wide enough as long as everyone is being respectful and alert to each other, walkers, joggers, and bicyclists. There are rush hours, but it's mostly just fine.

There are 4 segments of vegetations including native zero scaping and hardwoods.

I use this trail as part of my route when riding my bicycle around the Dallas area. It's usually very crowded with pedestrians, so it's a great place to slow down and recover a bit.

SMU and Downtown Dallas are easily accessible from this trail. I usually arrive from downtown (Houston St.). My route also includes the Trinity Trail system, Santa Fe Trail, and White Rock Lake and Creek trails.

Very Good Trail for a leisurely bike ride.

Our family loves this trail. We typically park in the American Airlines parking garage, which is acceptable if there are no events, and pick up the trail right outside. As I continue to train for increased distance, the Katy Trail's length is perfect. 1/4 miles are clearly marked, there is plenty of space to move around others and people tend to be very considerate with picking up after their animals. We also enjoy the Katy Trail Icehouse for a treat after a long jog. There is something for everyone on this trail and plenty of people watching to take your mind off the exercise!

Accordion

"cycle it...Love it, smooth, eye candy everywhere, leads into downtown Dallas, turtle creek, uptown and highland park, great fun in the evening but make sure to wear a light so people can see you"

"The Katy Trail is beautiful, smooth, plenty wide, well maintained. Now, if they'd just make it longer. It's supposed to connect up with White Rock, but when????"

"Even though the Katy is not long, ot does have the adavantage of being an above grade trail. What this means is tha even after it rains it drys very quickly and is skateable, unlike the White Rock Creek Trail wich gets covered in mud and water after rain. Hope to see you out there sometime... If you are a skater in the Dallas Area check out our skate club at www.pegasusflyers.org"

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