I love to go to the lake with my son and husband on the weekends. My son rides his bike in front while my husband and I run a few yards behind him. The paths are wide enough to accommodate all of us, even when we bring the dog. If you're a 5k jogger, start your run from a different parking lot each time you visit the lake so that you'll see all the different sections. (All parking in public lots is free.) You'll find a small dam on one side, which makes a lovely waterfall that you can observe from a small bridge. While I have not visited--we're always too busy exercising!---I've been told there is also a Bath House Cultural Center on the lake where cultural acivities are held throughout the year. In the summer there are plenty of sailboats on the water, and the shaded areas under the trees are a favorite spot for picnics. A playground overlooks the lake from one side, and it is near bathroom facilities, so it's the perfect place for hanging out with your children.
Also worthy of note: The White Rock Half Marathon and Marathon is a huge event held once a year. The course involves two loops around the lake (plus some!). George W. Bush was actually training for this marathon at one point, but he took ill and postponed his first 26.2 mile effort for a few months until he could have a healthy race in Austin. (Whether you're a Democrat or a Republican, if you know anything about running, you've got to respect the President's athletic ability. He's so fast he can outrun half his secret service detail!!!)
You may call the White Rock Lake Center at 670-8749 to check on scheduled activities. The center is closed on Sundays and Mondays, and does not open the rest of the week until 10 AM.
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Charlotte, North Carolina
June 12, 2003
The scenery is great. On one side, you get beautiful, massive homes that keep you interested for a couple of miles. Another section provides lots of nature including many species of birds. Another area goes through a park and provides a little bit of a hilly section. Along the way, there are all kinds of people enjoying the scenery by either walking, biking, or rollerblading. Simply put, this run keeps you interested and before you know it you've covered more ground than you expected.
Expect fairly flat terrain. There are a couple of hills, but hills in Dallas are pretty small. The path is cement, but you can run beside the path for much of the route if you want to save your knees. This is definitely my favorite place to run in Dallas.
From journal X-mas in Dallas
December 5, 2000
From journal A Family Experience in Dallas