Santa Fe Trail
Hike and Bike through Dallas
Santa Fe Trail
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Less than half-mile from The Principal is East Dallas’ very own version of the Katy Trail, The Santa Fe Trail. Like the Katy Trail, the Santa Fe Trail originally made up part of Dallas’ train system. But unlike the Katy Trail, this trail has way less congestion.
This dog-friendly trail spans for just over four miles between White Rock Lake on the trail’s Northeast side to Dallas’ new hot spot, Deep Ellum and Fair Park on the Southwest side of the trail. It also connects through the Mount Auburn and Hollywood/Santa Monica neighborhoods and meets four other local parks.
The Santa Fe trail has water stations at each mile, making it perfect for anyone training for their next race. For those non-runners who still want to enjoy the trail, there’s a bike rental and a bike repair station. If you need to stop for a bite to eat along the way, you can find Liberty Burger and Lakewood Smokehouse within a half-mile of the trail.
As the trail reaches through East Dallas to Deep Ellum, Fair Park and Downtown Dallas, it touches cultural and natural landmarks, quiet neighborhoods of architectural significance. It connects thriving employment centers, exciting entertainment districts and beautiful recreational destinations. To support the further growth of the Santa Fe Trail, check out friendsofsantafetrail.org.
Developing the Trail
The first of three phases of the Santa Fe Trail opened in 2009. The first stretch ran from the southern end of Hill Avenue to Glasgow Drive at Randall Park. The second phase opened in 2010 and extended from Randall Park all the way to White Rock Lake. Finally, 2016 saw the third phase open at the southern end of the trail. This last measure extended the trail south from Hill Avenue and included the “T-Intersection” where the trail splits, going east toward Fair Park and west toward Deep Ellum.
For a first-person perspective on the trail, check out this review from D Magazine.