For an escape from city life that’s only about 20 minutes from downtown Dallas, head to Cedar Ridge Preserve. The preserve, also dubbed a wildlife sanctuary, is spread over 600 acres and boasts 9 miles of walking trails. The 13 walking trails are color-coded on the preserve’s online map, with names such as the Cedar Brake Trail and Trout Lily Trail. Trails vary in length, and some include significant elevation changes. Dogs are welcome on trails, but the preserve asks that owners keep them leashed at all times. The preserve also reminds guests to maintain social distance, bring their own water bottles and skip visiting if they’re feeling ill. There is a gravel parking lot on-site and another lot available across the street at Park in the Woods Recreation Center.
Open Tuesday-Sunday from 6:30 a.m. to dusk; closed Mondays. Free admission, but $3 donations encouraged.7171 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas