I think it was Gandalf who put it best when he said, “You don’t have to travel to have an adventure.” Or maybe it was Bilbo who said that to Gandalf, and then Gandalf was the one who said, “If you’re not going anywhere, you’ll never have adventures”… or something like that.
If you don’t live near Garland, or you do, and need an adventure, my little halflings, you’re close by.
Getting outside, even right in front of the house, to be in the sun for a few hours and walk around is epic. It’s even more epic if you live in Garland, especially if you love being a little further from the Shire. OK, last Lord of the rings A notice. Outdoor Garland is an epic quest!
Make your tracks epic by getting outside and exploring everything Garland has to offer.
Garland Vibe: Playful & unexpected
That probably describes you too. It definitely describes Garland. Here you will find an eclectic mix of neighbors, entrepreneurs and hobbyists with an adventurous spirit. Many Garlanders (if that’s not a thing, it should be a thing) have echoed this sentiment that community vibrancy is the direct result of passionate people from all walks of life. And they left their mark on Garland, expected or unexpected.
The Lake (emphasis on “The”)
The lake that many people think of when they think of North Texas. Garland’s recreation crown jewel, Lake Ray Hubbard is a 22,000-acre lake that appeals to all with one simple message: Relax, unwind, or tear me up on boats and jet skis! Or maybe the beach is more your thing, with fishing poles and an icy cooler. How do you get to this oasis? From almost anywhere in Dallas, you can reach the shores of Lake Ray Hubbard in about 20 minutes. From boating, water skiing and fishing to sailing and windsurfing, Lake Ray Hubbard is redefining relaxation. Access the lake from the Bass Pro Shops docks or the Chaha Ramp at John Paul Jones Park.
Trails & Reserves
You might want to make your mark more than just epic by embarking on a quest, e.g. B. through forests and traverse everything! A hidden gem in Garland for outdoor recreation, Spring Creek Forest Preserve offers a place for artistic contemplation, exchange of ideas and the natural beauty of largely untouched flora and fauna. Don’t forget to look out for relict woods (100 to 300 year old Chinquapin, Bur and Shumard oaks) and the over 650 species of plants and animals. Serious nature lovers are welcome as this park is a nature lover’s dream. Choose between paved trails through these towering mature trees or the dirt nature trail at Spring Creek Park Preserve. Alternatively, the Duck Creek Greenbelt offers a 9km paved trail along the beautiful banks of Duck Creek, offering a tranquil setting right in the heart of Garland.
Finally, for a truly special outdoor experience, you can visit Rowlett Creek Preserve. The area is particularly inviting for hikers and off-road bikers and extends over 26 km of versatile hiking trails! Wind your way through streams, forests and open areas as you explore the various trails and loops. Rowlett Creek Preserve features a gazebo, picnic area with grills, and a multipurpose trail that is 15.6 miles long and is built on a stacked loop system that allows trail users to create their own trails.
Garland has more than 60 parks and green belts to choose from, and you can always find one that best suits your mood. Are you looking for an activity? Would you like to enjoy a picnic-packed third breakfast? Or what about disc golf? Disc golf is played by hundreds of residents and visitors each year at Audubon Park, which features an 18-hole disc golf course that hosts many tournaments.
Looking for that small town American experience when you step outside? Check out historic Central Park, designated a Lone Star Legacy Park in 2013 by the Texas Recreation and Park Society. It is an iconic park in the Dallas area and state for those who visit the grounds, play and rest. For more than a century, it has been used as a common green park, recreation area, and community space by Garland. Many Little League athletes, weekend warriors, and families celebrating special milestones have made their names in Central Park over the years.
This is also where you will find Garland’s first dog park at 901 S. Glenbrook. The 3-acre off-leash park project is a perfect way for you and your best friend to spend a lazy Sunday. The dog park has three rotating dog paddocks with double entrance gates and a two meter high fence, one for large dogs and one for small dogs, while the other paddock rotates allowing the area to rest and be used for general maintenance. Magnetic locks on the gates ensure security when the paddocks are closed. The town of Garland has ensured comfort and convenience with drinking fountains, large pavilions for shade, plenty of seating and lighting, and expansive green spaces for you and your furry pal to stretch out.
For a complete list of Garland Parks, visit GarlandParks.com.
Let’s go green!
A day on the course is always a hit. Whether you’re an avid golfer ready to play a round or a beginner looking to hit a bucketful of balls, Firewheel Golf Park is sure to have a day you won’t forget. The park features 63 championship-level golf holes, including three regular golf courses in designs that challenge and delight.
Whatever outdoor recreation you desire, Garland has it. Visit MakeYourMarkGarland.com and search “See & Do” and “Outdoor Adventures” to plan your escape.
See you soon, fellow traveller.