Santa Fe Trail (Dallas)


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Santa Fe Trail (Dallas) Facts

States: Texas
Counties: Dallas
Length: 4.2 miles
Trail end points: S. Hill Ave., Dallas and Winstead Dr., Dallas
Trail surfaces: Concrete
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6395160
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Santa Fe Trail (Dallas) Description

The Santa Fe Trail is a part of the City of Dallas trails system. This 4.2 mile concrete surface trail connects multiple parks throughout lower east Dallas and lies on a a former railroad right of way. It currently connects to both the White Rock Lake Park Loop Trail and the Union Pacific Trail.

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Santa Fe Trail (Dallas) Reviews

This is a great, well maintained trail, that extends from downtown Dallas to White Rock Lake. There are a couple of restaurants along the way that provide a nice stop. It's not nearly as crowded as other trails in Dallas. Their are 2 crossings that have well lit and safe intersections near a school. It is a great deal for a commuter who has to work downtown and may lead in East Dallas. It also provides access to Deep Ellum.

The Santa Fe Trail branches off of the White Rock Lake Loop Trail near the latter's southern end. It passes through parts of Hollywood Heights, Lakewood, Mount Auburn, and other neighborhoods before terminating a couple blocks from Deep Ellum, just north of the DART Green Line tracks. From that point you can turn right (there's now signage) and be in Deep Ellum shortly.

The trail is mostly flat, except for a long incline beginning at the abandoned trestle about 3/4 mile from the lake. It doesn't curve much after that; it used to be a Santa Fe rail line, which is where it gets its name. You have to cross a few intersections with either stop signs or full traffic signals the farther south you go. There's almost no water directly on the trail; you have to go a bit off of it into nearby parks and playgrounds to find fountains. Otherwise, it's pretty pleasant, though not lighted at night. Go with a buddy then. It's fairly safe during the day.


Too many stops for street crossings closer to downtown. Nice once you get a couple miles from WRL.

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