There’s an old adage: “If you don’t like the weather in Texas, just wait a minute and it will change.” But for anyone who has survived a summer here, you’ll know that is far from true. Unless said “change” is going from hot enough to make one appear perpetually “dewy,” to so hot that you sweat through your undies.
So, while the brisk 90-degree days are around, we’ve found an outdoor adventure that’s still big city enough to ease those wilderness fears (fantasies?) brought on by Deliverance. The Oak Cliff Nature Preserve is 119 acres of hiking and biking trails for everyone from the forest ingénue to the dyed-in-the-spandex-wool professional.
Trails are divided by length. You can opt for one loop, about 1.5-miles long, and just get that sweaty glisten some call healthy. Or for the masochists who walk among us, try out all four trails for a whopping 5.2 miles. Just make sure to wear the high-power deodorant that day – after all we are trying to preserve nature, not pollute it.
Oak Cliff Nature Preserve
Get the super top-secret directions online at
Or call Shadow Johns, Trail Steward, for more info at (214) 641-1452