Monday, May 20, 2013
Bike the Santa Fe Trail to these 10 landmarks and eateries
The trail goes from White Rock Lake to Deep Ellum and Downtown.
DALLAS Spring is prime season for biking in North Texas. Most are familiar with the popular Katy Trail, a 3.5-mile concrete path along the west side of Dallas, but did you know a lesser-known companion resides on the opposite side of the city?
The Santa Fe Trail is a 4.02-mile stretch that connects the White Rock Lake Trail to Deep Ellum and Downtown. The trail has been open for about two years, and the city already has plans to extend the designated path under I-30 near the Fair Park DART station (at the intersection of Parry and S. Haskell avenues) and toward Baylor University Medical Center (at the intersection of Elm Street and Exposition Avenue). Construction is scheduled to begin later this year and finish early in the next, said Jared White, project manager with the Transportation Planning in Public Works.
Aside from being a safe and leisurely bike path through the east side of town, the Santa Fe Trail also provides a direct connect to some of our favorite lookouts and eateries, which we've mapped below. It's worth noting that some of the locations require cycling off the trail and onto the backroads through East Dallas. The designed Santa Fe Trail ends at the northernmost part of Deep Ellum, where you'll use the shared bike lanes of Centralink to continue the journey. Those street paths, too, have been marked on our map.
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Next time you hit the pavement to experience the city from a different angle, follow this guide to a couple of spots that interest you most. Don't be discouraged if you can't hit all these fabulous places in one day. It might be better to spread the exploration over several trips.
Landmarks on or near the Santa Fe trail
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White Rock Spillway — Located at the southernmost point of White Rock Lake, this waterfall is just a stone’s throw from where the White Rock Lake and Santa Fe Trails connect. The spillway is a perfect spot for photo-ops and taking a breather.
The Lot — If you’re bringing the kids along, check out The Lot for dinner or drinks. The little ones are unlikely to be bored on the sand playground, and there are plenty of adult-related activities too, like corn hole and washers. A bridge from the trail will link directly to the restaurant.
Penne Pomodoro — Few things sound better than a Sunday morning bike ride to brunch. Located in the Lakewood Village center, Penne Pomodoro offers an array of sweet and savory dishes alongside $1 mimosas, bellinis, and Bloody Marys.
Swiss Historic District — Enjoy some of Dallas’ oldest residential architecture on Swiss Avenue. Built at the turn of the 19th century, the area used to house the city’s richest families. Today, the Neoclassical structures can best be enjoyed at a tempered bike pace.
Deep Ellum Brewing Company — May the thirst be with you until pedaling to one of North Texas’ pioneering brew houses. DEBC has weekly tours on Thursdays (6-8:30 p.m.) and Saturdays (12-3 p.m.), where you can try their signature beers and take home a souvenir glass.
Uncle Uber’s Sammich Shop — Located on Commerce Street, this deli is one of Deep Ellum’s best kept secrets. Apart from the usual favorites, Uncle Uber’s offers burgers, fries, salads, and beer. Leftovers fit easily into a backpack, too.
Deep Ellum Art Park and Bark Park — Passing through this artistic diamond in the rough by car does not do it justice. The highway pillars beneath I-30 as well as some erected concrete slabs have been covered in murals that give visitors a glimpse into the eclectic personality of the neighborhood. If Fido is accompanying you on a ride, bring him to the neighborhood dog park for a drink and some time off-leash. Next to the Art Park, the Bark Park is also shaded by the highway above.
Main Street Garden — The Santa Fe Trail ends at the outskirts of downtown, and Main Street Garden is a great place to relax and watch the dog wander the length of the field after a ball. There is also a Rusty Taco on-site for the hungry and thirsty.
Music Hall at Fair Park — The Santa Fe Trail will serve a practical use for anyone catching one of Fair Park’s Dallas Summer Musicals in 2014. Once completed, the trail swings by the Music Hall, as well as the other attractions in that area. For now, it is not difficult to use street lanes to get there. (Though you may want to pack a new pair of shoes or a shirt if you're going to a show.)
Pizza Lounge — There are plenty of places to eat in Exposition Park, but nothing gives a pat on the back like Pizza Lounge’s Po’ boy Special. Once the trail reaches here, a shot of tequila and PBR for $3 is perfect ammunition for finishing your journey. For now, the restaurant can be reached by using a street path.
Sarah Blaskovich contributed to this story.
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