The Mayo Clinic’s guide to a healthy lifestyle simply can’t pile enough praise on the benefits of walking. From strengthening your muscles & bones to preventing serious illness, shedding unwanted weight and drastically improving your mood, walking is pretty much your Ace-in-the-Hole fitness activity. Which is why we take great pains at Taylor Morrison to develop new communities near our nation’s finest walking trails and hiking routes.
Lace up your runners and top off those water bottles. It’s time to beat feet out the front door and explore!
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Waterford Point at the Tribute – Colony, Texas
Enjoy wetlands scenery and brisk Lewisville Lake air along a gorgeous 3-mile shorefront trail at massive 600 acre Wynnwood Park (1000 Lebanon Road). Spot wildlife & waterfowl while relaxing with boundless lakeside views.
Or spoil your good walk with a round of golf at The Tribute Golf Club or the brand new 18-hole Old American. Old American was recently rated as the #5 public course in Texas by Golf Magazine. Both courses are part of the Wynnwood Park complex.
Willowcreek at Auburn Hills – McKinney, Texas
Erwin Park features 7 miles of well-maintained trails through shaded woods and rolling terrain. Folks say it feels like the country despite being a “city” park. Visit during the spring for exceptional flora and fauna.
Use the Texas Parks & Wildlife Interactive Trail Locator to discover a broad network of walking paths crisscrossing McKinney.
Verona Ridge – Aurora, Illinois
When it comes to experiencing the wonders of nature, it’s hard to beat the Aurora West Forest Reserve. An active wildlife refuge comprised of prairie marsh and woodlands, it’s easy to spot wildlife in this 715-acre park. (See Map.)
For more local routes, hop on the 48-mile interconnected Fox Valley Trail System.
Creeks Crossing – Algonquin, Illinois
Bridges, historic railroads and the gorgeous Fox River. Follow miles and miles of trails through the Northern Fox River Valley.
Townsend at Sandy Springs – Sandy Springs, Georgia
The John Ripley Forbes Big Tree Forest Preserve is a sanctuary for plants and wildlife big & small. Located next to the North Fulton County Government Annex building at 7645 Roswell Road, this 30-acre urban woodlands is open 7 days a week from sunrise to sundown.
Bring the little ones along for an inspirational, colorful walk at Abernathy Greenway Park at 70 Abernathy Road. Children of all ages love the playable art structures dotted along the way.
Sterling on the Lake in Flowery Branch, Riverbrooke in Suwanee; Settlers’ Lake, Brookstone and Bridgetowne in Cummings – Atlanta Metro, Georgia
All 5 of these stunning communities feature easy access to a variety of hiking trails crisscrossing Lake Lanier. Paved and natural walkways can be found to suit any fitness level.
Waterside at the Catawba – Fort Mill, South Carolina
Christened in 1995, Ann Springs Close Greenway endeavors to provide opportunities for recreation, education and fitness on over 2,100 acres of land in historic Fort Mill. 40 miles of trails are open 7 days a week.
The Falls at Weddington – Weddington, North Carolina
Colonel Francis Beatty Park (McKee/Tilley Morris Rd.) features well-maintained walking trails along with a host of other amenities. See map for more details and plan for a heart-pumping day at the park.
Chapel Cove Woodlands – Charlotte, North Carolina
Explore a diversity of terrain with scenic vistas of Lake Wylie, dense forests, bubbling brooks and the unique piedmont prairie restoration area on the 7 miles of trail at McDowell Nature Preserve.
Additional Charlotte area hikes can be found at Great Outdoor Provision.
The Estates at Weldon Ridge – Cary, North Carolina
Fred G. Bond Metro Park is your one stop shop for greenways and a soothing day of nature and exercise. It’s a 310-acre forest oasis smack dab in the middle of town.
Where are Your Favorite Walking Trails?
We’d love to hear about your favorite walking trails. Let the community know where you get your walk on in the comments below!