We all have those friends — the ones who are the indoors-y types. Their idea of the great outdoors is a patio, some people-watching, and a bottle of rosé.\nThey’ll tell you to take a hike at the mere thought of hitting the trails.\nBut, lucky for you (and your hike-hating crew), Dallas wasn’t really designed for hardcore hikers. It’s mainly flat; there are no mountains and valleys to speak of; and “going hiking” is basically akin to a scenic stroll through nature.\nThat said, these pretty trails rank at the top of the easy scale and should convert even the toughest of crowds — even if you have to ply them with the promise of mimosa afterward. Plus, most of the trails can be as short and sweet as you want them to be, leaving plenty of time to make it to brunch.\nCedar Mountain Preserve Trail // Dallas\nDistance: 1.9 mi\nElevation Gain: 124 ft\n@nickynicolemuaembedded via\nRequiring little to no commitment, this hike at Cedar Ridge Preserve is easy breezy. This destination has a range of trails from which to choose — so you always have a new adventure.\nNorth Shore Trail // Grapevine\nDistance: 14.9 mi\nElevation Gain: 695 ft\n@barthbembedded via\nOne of the most popular hiking trails in North Texas, the trail runs for about 10 miles from Rockledge Park to Twin Coves Park on the north side of Lake Grapevine. What you will love most are the beautiful views from the lake’s cliffs and shores that will have you thinking you’re not in Texas anymore, much less the DFW metroplex. Trail heads are at Rockledge Park, Twin Coves Park, and Murrell Park. The shorter trails include the Meadowmere Park Trail, Oak Grove Trail, and the Gaylord Texan Trail.\n@mrb0144embedded via\nFossil Ridge Loop Trail // Cleburne\nDistance: 3.6 mi\nElevation Gain: 324 ft\n@acidmidget_embedded via\nAlthough it’s a bit further from Dallas, the Cleburne State Park and its loop trail are worth the drive. The scenery is pretty spectacular, as the park surrounds Cedar Lake, and the hike feels a bit more real than just a walk in the park. There are uphill and downhill areas, and both smooth and rocky zones — kind of like life.\n@bowmankayla11embedded via\nBig Cedar Trail // Dallas\nDistance: 3.2 mi\nElevation Gain: 144 ft\n@shoafonbikesembedded via\nSightseeing is at a prime at this “wilderness” trail at Big Cedar Wilderness, which has lovely wildflowers along with cedar and hardwood forest. The entire network of trails is about 13 miles, but if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you can summit the highest elevation in the city of Dallas at Prayer Mountain. It’s also known to be one of the most enchanting escarpment areas in North Texas.\nCampion Trail // Irving\nDistance: 11.6 mi\nElevation Gain: 141 ft\n@amlicampiontrailembedded via\nWell-kept and paved throughout, Campion is a champion trail for those looking for easy street. It’s a change of scenery with the added bonus of Trinity River views, and you can literally see greenery for miles.\n@johnlai99embedded via\nErwin Park Trail // McKinney\nDistance: 7.8 mi\nElevation Gain: 475 ft\n@emilyjmcwilembedded via\nThis one’s a walk in the park — literally and figuratively. Naturally wooded areas and wide open prairie-like spaces are what you’ll get as you wander the trail at this McKinney park.\nMarine Creek Trail // Fort Worth\nDistance: 5.8 mi\nElevation Gain: 413 ft\n@chantellejoy2embedded via\nThis tucked-away getaway surrounding Marine Creek Lake is kind of a hidden gem. It’s fully paved and features a picturesque boardwalk and numerous benches for taking a break while lake-gazing. Sure, it’s in Fort Worth, but convince your friends that you can hit up the scene at Sundance Square after the hike.\nArbor Hills Nature Preserve Outer Loop // Plano\nDistance: 2.4 mi\nElevation Gain: 121 ft\n@itssapphireembedded via\nEasy does it, at the suburban oasis that is Arbor Hills Nature Preserve in Plano. The 200-acre park and Blackland Prairie terrain feature both paved and unpaved hiking trails. But, the outer loop is pretty straightforward. Plus, it goes through a meadow and along a tributary of Indian Creek. You’re getting land and water — the best of both worlds. And, it’s probably the most nature you’ll see in the suburbs.\n@visitplanoembedded via\nDogwood Canyon Audubon Center West Loop Trail // Cedar Hill\nDistance: 1.9 mi\nElevation Gain: 300 ft\n@cnissnembedded via\nThis sanctuary of a place, set at the mouth of a forested canyon, preserves the natural habitat of more than 200 acres which you can see while taking a hike on the nearly two miles of trails. There’s some good elevation available, too, from canyon to hilltop with lots of varied habitats and regular bird sightings. On a clear day, the views out to Joe Pool Lake and even to AT&T Stadium — home of the Dallas Cowboys — in Arlington are unrivaled.\n@dreantranembedded via\nOak Cliff Nature Preserve // Oak Cliff\nDistance: 6.5 mi\nElevation Gain: 344 ft\n@anniebenvieembedded via\nThis trail feels a bit more authentic (for the Dallas-area anyway) in that the pathways aren’t paved and it’s a well-wooded area with hills, valleys, prairies, river, birdlife, and small animals — basically, the whole shebang. The entire trail is one big loop within the 121 rolling acres of woodland and wildflower meadows at the preserve — there’s only one way in and out. So, just keep that in mind if you’re not up for a full six-mile expedition. This one’s a bit more advanced, too, as Dallas trails go.\nHarry Moss Trail // Dallas\nDistance: 1.6 mi\nElevation Gain: 39 ft\n@amandamarie_sunigaembedded via\nA river runs through it here on the Harry Moss Trail, making for even more refreshing scenery amidst the tree-scape. There are multiple different loops you can take, totaling about five-and-a-half miles. But, most are under two miles and pretty flat — albeit they are natural surface trails — so you can keep it short and sweet. There are beautiful photo opps close to the edge of Whtie Rock Creek.\nOak Point Nature Preserve Loop // Plano\nDistance: 1.5 mi\nElevation Gain: 22 ft\n@theclassycarnivoreembedded via\nThe Redbud Way trail is an effortless jaunt through the Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve. The park is Plano’s largest one, and there’s a lovely lake amidst the prairie lands to keep you (and your naysaying friends) on a walk with a view. If you are feeling more ambitious, the Willow Springs and Bobcat Run Loop total just under five miles.\n@chrisrunstexasembedded via\nL.B. Houston Nature Trail // Dallas\nDistance: 7.6 mi\nElevation Gain: 88 ft\n@bekahadjustsembedded via\nThere are about 11 different trail and loop options at L.B. Houston, located near the Elm Fork of the Trinity River. One section of trail is adjacent to California Crossing Road, and the other is east of Wildwood Road. But, most are in the trees, so you can pretend you’re doing some sort of forest bathing in nature.\nTrinity Forest Trails // Dallas\nDistance: 4.5 mi\nElevation Gain: 82 ft\n@carrie8robinsonembedded via\nFor a scenic experience of the Trinity River and the Trinity Forest, look no further than this pathway. Passing by small ponds, large majestic trees, and a bridge over the river, this spot offers a moment of quiet solitude only a few miles of downtown — although you will think you are worlds away. You can easily access the trail at the City of Dallas Eco Park facility on Simpson Stuart and on Great Trinity Forest Way. But, we’d recommend entering through Trinity River Audubon Center, which is a beautiful experience in and of itself.\n@pegiicatembedded via\nSpring Creek Forest Trail // Garland\nDistance: 1.1 mi\nElevation Gain: 52 ft\n@smittygirl96embedded via\nWho knew Garland had a great forest setting? The city does, indeed. At Spring Creek Park, that’s just what you’ll get with oak trees and other vegetation that’s pretty well-kept. There’s several trails to choose from, but all are well-marked and start from the main parking area. This destination is pretty harmless for the hike bashers.\nSanta Fe Trail // Dallas\nDistance: 4.5 mi\nElevation Gain: 95 ft\n@jssicaodnnellembedded via\nConnecting White Rock Lake to historic Deep Ellum and Fair Park, this quiet, paved trail and linear park traverse East Dallas’ cultural and natural landmarks. It gets its name from the former Santa Fe Railroad line, as the 12-foot pathway was paved over the tracks. The trail really combines both urban and natural sightseeing so well, as it winds around architecturally significant neighborhoods and entertainment districts.\nWhite Rock Lake Trail // Dallas\nDistance: 9.3 mi\nElevation Gain: 183 ft\n@hauckmtembedded via\nOne of the most iconic trails in Dallas, this one will give you sparkling views of the signature city lake. It’s a see and be seen trail that is paved with far and few encumbrances — save for those speedy biker brigades. Basically, it’s just a walk. Who cares.\n@jamielamarembedded via\nKaty Trail // Dallas\nDistance: 3.5 mi\nElevation Gain: 196 ft\n@katytraildallasembedded via\nA no-brainer for a hike hater, this urban trail is as easy as they come. It follows the path of the old Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad and this historic trail zone has become an icon for Dallasites. Plus, it cuts right through Victory Park, Uptown, and Knox-Henderson neighborhoods, offering easy hop-on, hop-off access to food and drink sustenance.\nPiedmont Ridge Trail // Dallas\nDistance: 1.3 mi\nElevation Gain: 104 ft\n@michelleahayeembedded via\nA great intro to the Trinity River Forest, this short stroll is just a few minutes from downtown Dallas yet still boasts amazing views of the trees. The Scyene Overlook point is a must.