Dallas' Katy Trail: The Road to a Healthier and More Active Dallas

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Industry Observer

Katy Trail

Dallas's Katy Trail is the starting point in Dallas' plan to develop a network of urban trails to connect the city for pedestrians, bicyclists, and lovers of the outdoors.  The history of the Katy Trail began in 1997, when community members and city leaders jointly came together in order to repurpose the land along which the former Missouri-Kansas-Texas (MKT or "Katy") Railroad traveled through Dallas.

Today, the Katy Trail is a 3.5 mile long urban trail extending from the American Airlines Center northward to Airline Drive not far from SMU.  The plans are that, when completed, the trail will extend to the Mockingbird Station DART Rail stop in the north and to Downtown Dallas' West End entertainment district in the south.  The trail features hard surface biking and skating trails along with softer surface running, jogging and walking paths.

Blackburn From Katy Trail

The dense foliage and elevation of the trail makes much of it very peaceful and not urban feeling, much like New York's Central park.  There are also scenic overlooks from sites of the former train bridges overlooking main thoroughfares and a scenic overlook of Lee Park and Turtle Creek scheduled to open next month.  

For more information on hours, access points, location, etc. please visit www.katytraildallas.org

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All photographs are the exclusive property of Steve Shatsky.  They may not be used or reproduced in any manner without expressed written permission from Steve Shatsky.  ©Copyright 2009.  All Rights Reserved.

Comments (5)

Jenny Kotulak
RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage - Oakville, ON
Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate

Hi Steve - What, no photos of a bridge?  Just a photo from a bridge?? 

Nov 01, 2009 03:05 PM
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Steve:  What a great asset for Dallas to have.  I think trails like this are such a positive thing for a community to have.

Nov 03, 2009 04:17 PM
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

From knowing of the town of Katy on the western edge of Houston, I was thinking that the name "Katy Trail" may have come from whoever that Katy person was... so that it was named after a railroad was a surprise.  So now... you have to go walk, run or jog the entire trail, and take many more pictures on your way.  Also... just for Jenny above... you're of course need to take a picture or two of a bridge or two... LOL.

Nov 03, 2009 04:19 PM
Jenny Kotulak
RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage - Oakville, ON
Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate

9th Line Bridge, Oakville, Ontario, Jenny Kotulak, photo

I walked along this old bridge today that used to be part of a road that was closed for what else, a bigger road to hold more traffic.  A little hidden treasure that most people don't know exists.

Nov 04, 2009 04:32 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTORĀ®, Broker

Steve,

What a great treasure the Katy Trail is.  What a shot it the arm when Troy Aikman recently made a personal appearance to promote the trail.

Nov 05, 2009 07:59 AM