Dallas Names 66-Mile Bike and Walking Trail

When complete, the newly named DFW Discovery Trail will incorporate 50 miles of existing trails into a regional ‘super highway.’

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August 19, 2022, 6:00 AM PDT

By Diana Ionescu @aworkoffiction


Dallas residents have voted on the name of a new, 66-mile long biking and walking trail that will connect Dallas and the surrounding communities of Arlington, Irving and Grand Prairie. According to local officials, the DFW Discovery Trail will “promote healthy living, reduce traffic congestion and draw tourism for events like races,” writes Sarah Bahari in the Dallas Morning News.

To date, around 50 miles of the trail are open to the public. “Once complete, DFW Discovery Trail will connect existing smaller trails, including the Trinity Skyline Trail in Dallas, Fort Worth Trinity Trails, Campion Trail in Irving and River Legacy Trail in Arlington.”

The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) website describes the agreement to build the trail, stating, “The trail was highlighted as a resource and asset to their communities from an economic development perspective and tourism aspect, as well as the benefits to health and reduction of congestion that alternative transportation routes can offer.”

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