Plano, TX, is about 20 miles north of Dallas and is considered part of the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metropolitan Area. Despite the largely flat prairie area, for which Plano is named, there are a multitude of trees and several beautiful parks around the city. A Google survey lists residents’ favorite places to enjoy nature. Lace up your sneakers, grab your dog’s leash, and get ready to enjoy these top 5 places to walk your dog.
Arbor Hills Nature Preserve
AHNP is a 200-acre park on the western side of Plano. It features three distinct eco-regions: 1) Blackland Prairie, 2) Riparian Forest, and 3) Upland Forest. The entire area is pet-friendly with paved and unpaved walking trails, as well as water areas, so your dog can enjoy a little splash in the creeks on hot days.
Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve
Plano’s largest park is 800 acres and voted fourth among TripAdvisor’s things to see while in Plano. The park boasts 3.5 miles of concrete trails and 5 miles of soft surface trails located along Rowlett Creek. Nature trails are open from sunrise to sunset daily.
Bob Woodruff Park
Bob Woodruff Park is connected to the Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve by bicycle trails. The combined, uninterrupted area makes this space larger than NYC’s Central Park (840 acres). Located east of the city, this park contains one of the oldest trees in the area, estimated to be over 200 years old.
Russell Creek Park
Russell Creek is a large community park with a small lake and 3.5 miles of paved trails for hiking and biking.
Spring Creek Nature Area
A scant distance south of Plano, is the 51-acre Spring Creek Nature Area. The park has a multi-use trail, hardwood forest, and a pedestrian bridge over winding Spring Creek, The trail links with Galatyn Woodland Preserve (8 acres).
No matter where you and your furbaby walk, remember to be a good steward and clean up after your pet. Help keep the park clean and litter free so you, your pet, and your fellow nature lovers can always enjoy these natural spaces.
Don’t have time to get to a park? The trusted professionals at VIP Pet Services in Plano are happy to help! With over 16 years serving the entire Plano area, you know your pet is in good hands and will be treated with the same care and attention you give.