Rent bikes in town or bring your own. If you don’t have a bike or don’t love biking, you can just go for a walk or jog. The path is stroller and wheelchair friendly.
Good to know
There is one steep hill to get to the trail, but other than that it is smooth sailing on a nice, paved path. Dallas can be very hot in the summer, so if you go between June and September, bring lots of water and sunscreen. There aren't any places to buy food or drinks, so if you think you'll need a snack bring that too.
Any time of day is fine, although mornings and late afternoons might be best as there is no shade. Always check the weather forecast.
Recommended time of the year
The trail is open year round, but summer can get hot. We went in late morning in June and did fine, but it did get a little hot.
About This Day
If you’re looking for things to do in Dallas with kids, take your family on a fun bike ride along Dallas’ scenic Trinity Skyline Trail. It’s an easy, family-friendly 4.6 mile (7.4 km) trail that loops through the beautiful floodplains of the Trinity River. It offers stunning views of Dallas’ skyline and the iconic Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. Your kids will love to just go as fast as they can on the wide open, smooth path. Once you are done with your bike ride, stop at the Ronald Kirk Bridge, a pedestrian bridge over the Trinity River that is a park in itself. There is a playground, a splash pad and plenty of places to picnic and relax.
Dallas’ bike trail system is extensive throughout the city and many different trails connect to the Trinity Skyline Trail. The main path is wide and well-paved—great for walking, biking, rollerblading or pushing a stroller or wheelchair. We could see our son even when he was quite far ahead, so he could just ride and enjoy himself without us worrying. And while it was a bike ride our nine-year-old could handle, it was still fun for us adults. The scenery is beautiful, too.
DIRECTIONS The parking lot for the trail is long and skinny and next to the parking lot for the shopping area, so it can be a little tricky to find. The cross streets are Continental Avenue and West Dallas Gateway. Parking is free.
TIP The bike trail goes around a marsh and while the sides are not steep, if you are worried your little ones will want to splash in the water, be prepared to keep them in the stroller.
Ronald Kirk Bridge is a wide pedestrian bridge that re-opened in 2014 after a transformative renovation. There are places for kids to climb and parents to sit and enjoy the fantastic views of the Dallas skyline and the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, one of Dallas' most memorable landmarks. While the bridge is mainly for pedestrians we rode our bikes on it with no problem.
DIRECTIONS The bridge is adjacent to the parking lot for the Trinity Skyline Trail. You can’t miss it.
TIP There are no bathrooms or restaurants, and to be honest, the shade is sparse. But it is long and wide and my 9 year-old had a blast.