The historic Katy Trail is built on an old railroad line that has quickly become an iconic destination for the people of Dallas. It runs right through the backyard of AMLI’s Quadrangle apartments, making this a great spot for long walks, runs, bike rides and other leisurely activities.
The paved trail runs 7.5 miles, allows dogs, is a wonderful option for all skill levels and the trail is open year-round. That’s only the beginning! Here are a few reasons why we love the Katy Trail in Dallas.
Open all day
Because the Katy Trail is a Dallas park, it’s open the same hours other city parks are open—5am-midnight. In the early morning, lights come on at 5am until sunrise and come back on from sunset to midnight. No matter what time of day you want to hop on the trail to get your workout in, you can count on the Katy Trail to be open.
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Happy #firstdayofsummer Check out our heat safety tips from today’s blog post: 🔥Stay hydrated before, during, and after your time on the Trail. 🔥Moderate your time on the Trail. That 3.5 mile run is harder on your body now that temperatures have soared. 🔥If you are feeling over heated, run-down, or dizzy; take a time-out in the shade with some water. 🔥Consuming alcohol and caffeine can leave you dehydrated. Limit your intake 24 hours before prolonged activity in sun. 🔥Wear plenty of sunscreen and avoid too much sun exposure. Sunburns reduce your body’s ability to dissipate heat. 🔥Be a good steward on the Trail. If you see someone struggling or acting out of sorts, please offer assistance. 🔥As always, in case of emergency please call 911 and direct them to the nearest Trail mile marker. #summersolstice #mykatytrail
Plenty of restrooms
Let’s be honest, Dallas gets VERY hot. So, drinking a lot of water is necessary to stay hydrated. The Katy Trail has public restrooms at the Reverchon Recreation Center located on the South end of the trail. Trail users are also able to use the restrooms at the Katy Trail Ice House. On the North end of the trail, there’s the Highland Park Soda Fountain and a Starbucks on Knox Street. Just be a good customer and buy a drink on your way out to stay hydrated.
The Katy Trail has embedded mile markers within the concrete at every quarter of a mile. You can track where you started, how far you went and how far until you reach the end of the trail. It’s a nice perk when you are training for a race or just pushing yourself to go a little farther when you exercise.
Easy access parking
On the north end of the trail, there is a parking lot near Knox Street. It’s located adjacent to the trail. On the southern end (near downtown) you can park at Reverchon Park near the baseball fields. This lot is located at 3505 Maple Ave.
The Katy Trail is a nice escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Take in the beautiful scenery of trees, shrubs, creeks, plants and wildflowers. During the summer months, you’ll notice that much of the trail is shaded due to all the trees that line the path, making it much more enjoyable on those hot summer days.
You don’t have to worry about running out of water when on this trail. Water fountains are located throughout the entire trail for you and your dogs. On top of that, the Katy Trail Ice House is a nice place to stop and cool off. They have casual fare, an extensive BBQ menu and a beer garden.
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