As warmer spring weather draws area residents outdoors, North Dallas runners seeking to improve endurance can check out one wandering course close to home.
Located along the greenbelt of Meandering Way, this course, dubbed the Preston Ridge Trail, actually runs a total of six miles, but due to its winding route amongst residential streets, one can easily split the trail into courses of any desired length. The trail technically begins near the corner of Coit and Spring Valley and ends just north of Campbell near the George Bush Turnpike. Although the majority of the route runs along Meandering Way, the trail also splits off at Brentfield and runs until Davenport. Runners can use this split to add extra mileage to their path.
Those living between the borders of Coit and Hillcrest, Spring Valley and George Bush can easily access the Preston Ridge Trail by foot from any point, adding some additional feet to one’s run or a cool down walk to the end of the workout. Runners living outside these borders can still explore the trail by parking along one of the nearby residential streets. Located in the same vicinity as several different different schools, the Preston Ridge Trail is an ideal route for parents hoping to get a quick workout into their schedule after dropping children off for class or prior to joining the carpool line in the afternoon.
Elevation along the Preston Ridge Trail does not increase suddenly nor too strenuously. Because of natural pauses in the trail due to cross streets and stoplights, the trail can be divided into sections to increase or decrease mileage for whatever distance a runner prefers. Preston Ridge Trail slopes and turns gradually in some spots, but as long as runners are alert, this change in terrain should cause minimal or no trouble. As always, alert runners have a better opportunity to enjoy and excel in their exercise, and because this trail allows dogs, runners need not only watch for other exercisers but also their animals. In the spring, wildflowers sometimes bloom based, providing runners with an enjoyable view throughout their route.
While this trail allows runners of all levels to reach their goals in a safe and enjoyable environment, the lack of regular, consistent scenery leaves Preston Ridge Trail with four out of five possible stars for its overall rating.