Hiking with your kids is an ideal and inexpensive way to get them out of the house and into nature. In the Dallas area, we have a plethora of choices.
Here are our top 8, (in no specific order) that would be great for a family hike:
Trinity Audubon Nature Center (Southern Dallas)
A trek through the Great Trinity Forest is will reveal a wide array of plants and animals. As the name suggests, you will see a lot of birds.out for Hiking aside, the Children's Discovery Garden is a great place to visit as well.
Oak Cliff Nature Preserve (Dallas)
A variety of hiking trails here with varying degrees of difficulty. Fortunately all are well-maintained, and color-coded by difficulty level, so you can pick one that best suits your family.
Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center (Cedar Hill)
A shorter hike (3 miles of trail), so this would be ideal for novice hikers. The trails are well-maintained and clearly marked, so it is hard to get lost. There is a good play area for the kids as well. On a clear day, you can even see AT&T Stadium.
Arbor Hills Nature Preserve (Plano)
Most of the trails here are paved, so if you need to take a stroller, hiking here is ideal. Be sure to take the Outer Loop Trail and take a break at Indian Creek to enjoy the scenery.
North Shore Trail (Lake Grapevine)
Not the easiest hike, but the view from the lake cliffs is worth it. The trail is open to mountain bikers as well if you'd like that option. There are trail heads at Rockledge Park, Twin Coves Park, and Murrell Park.
Spring Creek Forest (Garland)
Here you'll see a good variety of trees, and flowers. As a family though, the animals will be more of an attraction for the kids, especially bird lovers. The Cattail Pond hike is a family favorite, with guided hikes will being available too.
Boulder Park Trail (Dallas)
There are two trails here. For families with young children, we would suggest the blue one as it is a bit easier. Be on the lookout for the wildlife, as you will see many birds and snakes. Boulder Park is popular for cyclists as well.
White Rock Creek Trail (Dallas)
An all-paved trail, so it's used by cyclists at skaters as well. Since it passes through many neighborhood parks, it's ideal if you like to pick and choose your resting points... I guess this one isn't so much of a nature hike.