Parks, Trails, and Recreation


Southern Dallas County is distinctly different than any other part of the Dallas-Fort Worth region. It’s topographically rich, with the highest elevation in the county, at 700 feet above sea level (at the top of Cedar Mountain Preserve). Tree cover ranges from 32% to 43% south of I-30. A state park, and forest- and prairie-covered expanses dot the Southern Dallas County landscape, along with Joe Pool Lake, the area is rich in outdoor opportunities. From hiking, biking, horse-back riding, to boating – you won’t have to go far to find your favorite spot.

Parks of Southern Dallas County


Fair Park Master Plan

Fair Park is the crown jewel of Art Deco architecture and art, Dallas history, and Texas culture. It is an incubator for some of the region’s most prestigious museums and institutions and thousands of art, natural history, and science exhibitions. Fair Park is home to many of the largest, most notable events in the State. The fundamental goal of this Master Plan Update is to identify ways in which Fair Park can realize its untapped potential as a center for culture, a driver of economic development, and an asset for the community, while creating a framework for future projects and enhancements to ensure sustainability for future generations.  Learn more at

Southern Gateway Park

Southern Gateway Park will become the heartbeat of Southern Dallas. It’s our park — by the community, in the community, for the community. It will be a central gathering place where everyone is welcome. Spanning I-35E between Ewing and Marsalis Avenues, the future five-acre deck park will reconnect historic Oak Cliff and ignite environmental, economic, and community revitalization. Learn more at

The Loop

The LOOP is about connection. By joining 39 miles of existing trails in Dallas with 11 miles of newly built trails, The LOOP increases access to public transportation and green space ensuring Dallasites can access these resources across the city. A catalyst for mobility and economic opportunity, The LOOP will make Dallas more vibrant and pedestrian-friendly, creating a sense of community across our city and making abundant green space part of our identity. By bringing connection to more neighborhoods and creating a stronger, more united Dallas, The LOOP’s urban trail system is the single most important investment Dallas can make for our residents for generations to come. Learn more at


just a few of the many PARKS AND TRAILS in southern dallas county