Dallas Outdoor Adventures

Although Dallas is one of Texas' largest cities, it is also home to a number of great outdoor recreation venues. With lakes scattered throughout the DFW Metroplex, outdoor enthusiasts are able to find plenty of outdoor adventures in and around Dallas. Here is a list of suggestions for some of the best outdoor adventures available in the Dallas area throughout the year. 

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    Enjoy Water Sports on Lake Lewisville

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     A favorite spot for Dallas watersport enthusiasts, Lake Lewisville offers visitors a variety of activities, including fishing, swimming, water skiing, jet skiing, sailing, sailboarding, and more. While Lake Lewisville attracts a large number of water sports enthusiasts, it's nearly 30,000 surface acres affords ample room for everyone to spread out. Lake Lewisville also offers a number of shoreside amenities, including restaurants and a half-dozen marinas. Although summer is the prime season for water sports on Lake Lewisville, there is always a way to spend time on the water on this popular north Texas reservoir, regardless of the season of the year. 

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     Purtis Creek State Park is a popular destination for those interested in boating, fishing, camping, hiking, picnicking and mountain biking. The state park has shore access to the lake, as well as boat ramps. However, due to the small size of the lake, there is a limit of 50 motorized boats at one time on the lake (there is no limit on non-motorized boats such as kayaks, canoes and jon boats without engines). Because of this, Purtis Creek is an ideal location for paddle-sport enthusiasts. Additionally, the state park store offers a "fishing tackle loaner program" and rents canoes, kayaks, and rowboats. Purtis Creek State Park also features the Purtis Creek Nature Trail, a ​1.25-foot trail with primitive campsites.

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     Encompassing Lake Mineral Wells, Lake Mineral Wells State Park is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts. At just over 3,200 acres, Lake Mineral Wells State Park is ample enough in size to accommodate all sorts of outdoor enthusiasts, but rock climbing is what truly makes Mineral Wells SP unique. The easternmost of the Texas state parks offering rock climbing activities, Lake Mineral Wells State Park allows climbers an opportunity to view a much different environment than they will encounter at other Texas rock climbing destinations. Much of the park's rock structures are surrounded by post oak, live oak, blackjack oak, box elder, sumac, ash juniper, mesquite, pecan, walnut, mulberry, and Texas ash. Climbers should note they must check in at park office prior to climbing and climbing is not allowed when the park's rock structures are wet. 

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    Hike & Bike at White Rock Lake

     Located just north of downtown Dallas, White Rock Lake is a 1,000-acre oasis in the middle of one of the nation's largest cities. Boasting 9 miles of hiking and biking trails, as well as fishing piers and bird watching areas, White Rock Lake is a great place to get away from the concrete sprawl, spend some time outdoors and get some exercise hiking, jogging or mountain biking along the trails which wind around the lake. The lake is open year around.

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     Located right in the center of the Dallas-Ft Worth metro area, Cedar Hills State Park allows visitors to escape to the outdoors without leaving the city. Situated on the shores of Lake Joe Pool, Cedar Hills State Park features 355 campsites, 2 lighted fishing piers, 15 miles of mountain biking trails, 200 picnic tables, three playgrounds and two four-lane boat ramps. Anglers know the 7,500-acre Lake Joe Pool is a quality fishery featuring black bass, catfish, and crappie.