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The SoPac Trail is a part of the City of Dallas trails system. This trail, located in East Dallas, runs for 5.7 miles along an unused Southern Pacific (SoPac) railbed owned by DART. While the tracks and ties of the old railroad are long gone, the corridor's gentle grade and ample tree cover are precisely what make this a great place to walk and bike.
The trail's north endpoint is located on Greenville Avenue. From there, the trail very briefly heads north and steadily goes uphill before curving 180 degrees to head south and then over a bridge, which crosses above Greenville Avenue. As you cross the bridge, you can look down and see where you started.
The route continues south to Winstead Drive, running along the edge of Harry Moss Park and then through industrial, commercial and residential areas. In most cases, the trail either crosses intersecting streets via bridges or underpasses, which allows for riders to cross safely while maintaining their momentum.
The best part of this trail is its connections to other trails, which means that each trip on the SoPac Trail has the potential to become a sort of choose-your-own-adventure. It intersects with the 1.4 mile Flag Pole Hill Trail which runs east to Flag Pole Hill Park; the Ridgewood Trail, which heads west and provides access to the Katy Trail; the 9-mile White Rock Lake Trail loop. The SoPac trail ends with a connection to the Santa Fe Trail, a 4.7 mile rail-trail. And more trail links are planned: in the future, the SoPac Trail will connect with the Cottonwood Creek and White Rock Creek trails.
Parking options for the SoPac Trail include Ridgewood-Belcher Recreational Center (6818 Fisher Rd, Dallas); from there take the Ridgewood Trail east to the SoPac. Trail users can also find park in White Lake Park (4311 W Lawther Dr, Dallas) and use the White Lake loop trail to get to the SoPac. Visit the TrailLink map for all options and detailed directions.
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