White Rock Lake and Trails is a part of the City of Dallas Parks and Recreation family. Structured activities can be planned by recreation centers or citizens that want to workout with a group of peers. Other than that partnership, White Rock Lake and Trails is an extremely free flow, family and pet friendly environment. Its surrounded by communities and other facilities such as White Rock Lake Museum, Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas Arboretum, Audubon Society bird watching area, Wetland, Dog Park, Picnic areas, Pavilions (available for rent), Piers, Boat ramps, and Kayak concession.
The scenery is breath taking, especially during dawn and dusk. However, due to trails not being well lit, the best time to come and enjoy the experience this environment can offer is doing the day time. With that being said, the busiest times are during typical leisure hours, 5-9pm, when people are off work.
As far as safety is concern, from 6am-8pm police and park rangers circle the trail and lake consistently to canvas the area, so if something happens help is offered immediately. If you choose any hours after dark, the police is still canvasing the area but not as frequently, the respond time could be anything from 10 to 15 minutes. After dark hiking, bicycling, kayaking, fishing and any other trail or lake activity is not advised.
From the website: White Rock Lake is a 1,015 acre city lake located approximately 5 miles northeast of downtown Dallas. White Rock is one of the most heavily used parks in the Dallas Park system and is the location of many special events and runs. White Rock Lake offers a variety of active and passive activity options and is one of the best places to experience natural areas and wildlife in an urban setting.