Dallas is only three hours from Shreveport so I’m wondering what took me so long to discover bicycling around Dallas’ White Rock Lake. Dallas has gotten bad press for being one of the worst U.S. cities for cyclists, but this area is a jewel.
White Rock Lake is a 108-acre lake on the city’s east side and is surrounded by a 9.33-mile asphalt trail. Of my biking excursions (Central Park included) this was the most crowded bikeway that I have been on, but it was not unbearable on the Sunday that we rode. There are plenty of water fountains for hydration, benches to stop & enjoy the view and picnic tables. We stopped at Whole Foods and packed a picnic.
We parked on the southern end near the spillway and peddled away, watching the sailboats and sneaking a peek at the Dallas Aboretum.
Worth a rest stop on the west side is a view of “Mt. Vernon” at 4009 W. Lawther Dr. This massive replica of the first president’s home was built in the late 1920s and owned by oil tycoon H.L. Hunt. The live oaks and pecan trees planted by the Hunts can still be seen on the 10-acre grounds.
Once considered to be the richest man in the world, Hunt is central to Dallas’s oil heritage, and his house is much larger than the original Mt. Vernon. It’s also larger than Southfork, the mansion north of Dallas that was seen in
the TV show Dallas, loosely inspired by Hunt’s life.
Most of our previous trips to Dallas have been for the shopping and baseball games, so we easily passed the White Rock Lake area. But this trip opened our eyes to some of Dallas’ best scenery and reminded us of its history too.