It’s no secret DFW isn’t exactly the most outdoorsy metroplex in the country. Deep in the heart of flat, expansive North Texas, Dallas can feel like the antithesis of a natural habitat for those of us who thrive in the outdoors.
Having grown up in the heavily wooded city of Little Rock, Arkansas, I was distraught by the lack of greenery when I came to Dallas for college. I stuck around after graduating, getting my nature fix in short spurts when I could on trips home and to more “outdoorsy” parts of the country. In 2016, I started preparing for a future of long-distance hiking, and it was then I realized I had to stop making excuses to stay inside.
Since then, I’ve made it a point to get out and discover what DFW has to offer the soul of the wild woman and man. Along the way, I’ve been pleasantly surprised by what I’ve found - from shady creeks running through the nature preserves of North Dallas to lakeside cliff mazes west of Fort Worth to mountains of discounted gear piled behind REI Dallas (RIP Mega Garage Sale).
With Outside Dallas, I aim to create a comprehensive resource for those like me, seeking a way to stay active and involved in the outdoor community within the confines of our concrete jungle.
I hope you find something here that will equip and inspire you to get outside and explore, and I hope to see you out there.