Dallas has tons of amazing beautiful parks but none have been a better-kept secret than this forest right outside the major city. Great Trinity Forest is the largest urban forest in North America at 6,000 acres - all owned by the city of Dallas. Being so massive means that there is a slight chance of you even seeing anyone else and it guarantees you’ll have amazing, uninterrupted views all around.

The forest has both concrete trails and natural trails. Either path you choose, you can be sure that the Dallas skyline will be your backdrop. You can also make a stop at the Audubon Center that is made of mostly windows. The center provides visitors with information on the forest while allowing them to never lose the beautiful scenery around them. Around the center, you will find quick and easy access to their smaller trails.

While it is unlikely that you will run into someone, you will run into an abundance of wildlife, possibly including a few creepy crawlies. Visitors of the forest have found massive spiders the size of their hands! But fear not, you are more likely to find other forms of wildlife including deer, otters and alligators. There is also a horse trail that is free for visitors to travel on. The city of Dallas has continued to work on making it safer for people to partake in recreational activities but it’s hard to tell when their renovations will be done.

There is no telling on what you might find in the forest, as there are tons of hidden swamps and lakes which are perfect for anyone who is looking for adventure. The forest is full of fun for anyone who wants to explore without going very far from the city but we do recommend going with a buddy for safety because one can easily get lost.  

The Great Trinity Forest is located at 6500 Great Trinity Forest Way in Dallas, Texas. For more information and hiking tips, you can visit their website here. 

We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.