This post is the next in our series, Hidden Gems, where we visit places hidden in plain view, in and around Dallas, that we have explored this summer and in the past. You can access that series of posts here.

Recently, we came to know through friends about the Legacy Trail. Linking three different pre-existing trails, the Legacy Trail runs from Rockledge (near Coit and McDermott) to Spring Creek Pkwy. Nearly a month ago, Mr. JJ and I took our first walk on the newly minted route from Rockledge to just past McDermott. But last week, we went with our friends, the SS family, who invited us to walk this trail with them.

Trail marker for Legacy Trail
Legacy Trail marker at Rockledge

With pleasant weather on hand and a bright shiny morning, the four us walked the Legacy Trail. We skirted the Villages of White Rock and Crystal Creek communities as we cut across McDermott, Ohio, and past Hedgecoxe. We walked below Preston Road and alongside Children’s Medical Center before starting the new connecting trail at Legacy that led us to Tennyson. Legacy Trail extends beyond to Spring Creek, but we walked up to Tennyson before turning back. The new portions are near McDermott and Rasor and cutting across Legacy.

White Rock Creek near McDermott
White Rock Creek near McDermott

The entire trail is well paved, very easy to walk. The trail follows White Rock Creek across its entirety, sometimes at a distance and sometimes on its banks. We came across man-made waterfalls at one point that was a real sight to behold. So we walked across the rocks that led to the falls, admiring it, and happily snapping photos. Hikers, bikers, skaters, and pets filled the trail. Our round-trip up to Tennyson was about 6.5 miles. While trees line the path intermittently, there are meadows along the route. The creek and its limestone banks often caught our attention. We saw cattails on the banks of the creek and a lone heron or two getting ready for flight. Just past Preston Road, there are display boards with information about the Shawnee Trail.

These falls completely took us by surprise! And delight!
These falls completely took us by surprise! And delight!

We spent a pleasant morning walking the Legacy Trail. I hope next time we make it to Spring Creek and back. Watch out for the little waterfalls that livened up our walk. Wear sturdy walking shoes, sunscreen and a mask. Carry water and a snack. Enjoy a sample of photos from our walk.

View of White Rock Creek and the cattails. A closer look shows the white heron to the right.
View of White Rock Creek and the cattails. A closer look shows the white heron to the right.
The Creek in its many forms
The vibrant meadow along the way
Legacy Trail vista
Legacy Trail vista

2 thoughts on “Hidden Gems: Legacy Trail, Plano

  1. LV says:

    So close yet never tried! Makes me wanna try it after reading your post!

    1. Journey Jotter says:

      Now that the trails are all connected, its easy to walk past the busy roads we drive all the time! The little waterfalls are worth a stop!

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