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Mike Kissane
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My girlfriend is thinking of coming with me to Dallas. She has little interest in board games but is an avid mountain biker and hiker. Does anyone have any recommendations in the Dallas area? Also any outdoor activities or events during the week of BGG would be a bonus.

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Mike
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I've used Trails.com to find trails for our Scout troop in the past. Looks like there are quite a few in the Dallas-FW area
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My brother in law rides a lot, I'll ask him.
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hmmm... maybe, JUST maybe they could employ "homeless people" hitched up to 'rickshaws'?
 
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A slight incline bike might be better for Dallas.
 
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derk wrote:
I wish I had some answers for you. If there's one thing that Dallas ain't, it's hilly, which is kinda necessary for me to desire hiking...



I used to live in Ft Worth and met my wife while living there. SHe was living in Dallas at the time. She loves to hike and we used to go to two different places to hike. Don't think they would work for biking. Duncanville is a town within the Metroplex southwest of Dallas off I-20. The Dallas Nature Center is there and has several very good trails; there are even some hilly areas there. Of course hilly is relative when talking about this part of Texas. It's "hilly" for Dallas, but not Colorado hilly.

Also the Ft Worth Nature Center, northwest of Ft Worth is a pretty neat hiking area. This first part of the hike is along a limestone ridge. After that it's pretty flat grasslands. It is a nature and animal preserve though, so someneat stuff to see. I know they have a herd of buffalo there for sure.

I'm sure you can easily find their locations online. For biking I know White Rock Lake in East Dallas used to be very popular.

Hope this helps a bit. Hope you enjoy your stay in Texas. Be careful though, because it seems like an aweful lot of people come just to visit and end up moving here.
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dormian wrote:
My girlfriend is thinking of coming with me to Dallas. She has little interest in board games but is an avid mountain biker and hiker. Does anyone have any recommendations in the Dallas area? Also any outdoor activities or events during the week of BGG would be a bonus.

Thanks,

Mike
I'd recommend going to the Dallas Off-Road Bicycle Association website: http://www.dorba.org .

DORBA maintains 25+ trails within a 2-hour drive of Dallas, and there are over 200 miles of singletrack amongst those trails. Now, we don't have massive mountain-style elevation changes around here, but we do have a nice variety of trails ranging from flat, fast, and flowy to some with more climbing. For example, there's LB Houston in Dallas which is flat and twisty with some nice flowy sections (http://connect.garmin.com/activity/41781114.) A lap at LB Houston is about 6-7 miles (depending on what you measure it with.)

A bit north there's Northshore, on the northern shore of Grapevine lake, which has two sides: the west side tends to be rocky and more technical. The east side is less technical. Riding both halves gives you about 20-22 miles. The east side is 12 miles or so for the full loop. This is the east side of Northshore: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/36333891

Towards the south, you have most of the DORBA trails that have the most elevation changes: Boulder Park (http://connect.garmin.com/activity/35217090), Big Cedar Wilderness Trails, Oak Cliff Nature Preserve (http://connect.garmin.com/activity/34332388) , and Cedar Hill State Park. Big Cedar has the most climbing of the DORBA trails, but I don't have a good GPS track of it.

There's more trails than those -- you should be able to get all the information you'd need from the DORBA site.

The Fort Worth Mountain Biking Association also maintains a few trails, including one that is also notorious for it's climbing. You can visit them at http://www.fwmba.org.
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White Rock Lake is a nice urban lake & park with a 9.5 mile trail around it. The KD Trail is another urban trail that starts in midtown, goes through uptown, and ends in downtown.
 
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Thanks everyone for your suggestions. Turns out there is a trail symposium the same week in Chattanooga, Tennessee and she is going to attend.

Thanks again,

Mike
 
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