By LAURIE FOX
The small Denton County town of Aubrey is a breath of fresh air for health enthusiasts. The area offers some of the purest air and water in all of North Texas. It’s that lack of pollution combined with miles of hike, bike and equestrian trails, as well as proximity to Ray Roberts State Park and Lewisville Lake, that make it the healthiest neighborhood in North Texas. Outdoor enthusiasts are attracted by Aubrey’s abundant trees and rural atmosphere.
The area on State Highway 377 north of Denton is sometimes referred to as “Horse Country USA” because of the number of horse trainers and breeders who have ranches there. The Dallas Morning News examined air quality, places to work out, availability of trails and access to healthful food to determine the rankings. Pollution data from the Environmental Protection Agency was used along with maps of gyms, country clubs, athletic facilities, trails and grocery stores to come up with those measures.
The others in the top 10 are as followed:
<h2> 2. Northeast Richardson </h2>
Residents in this area along U.S. 75 benefit from several parks as well as the Spring Creek Nature Area, Galatyn Woodland Preserve and Sherrill Park Golf Course. Multi-use trails also run throughout the corridor.
<h2>3. Trophy Club</h2>
Amenities such as the Trophy Club Country Club and trails that link the city to neighboring Southlake make this tony community a standout. More than one thousand acres of parks along with athletic fields, playgrounds and a dog park are available to residents.
<h2>4. Western Colleyville</h2>
Investing in trails and preserving green space is paying off big for outdoor enthusiasts in this northeast Tarrant County city. More than a dozen parks and miles of trails are nestled under a canopy of mature trees.
<h2>5. West Plano</h2>
Plano west of Independence Parkway is one of the best places in the region to find a gym, health club, golf course or country club. In addition, Plano has miles of developed trails for walking, running and biking.
<h2>6. Moss Haven</h2>
This Lake Highlands area near Moss Haven Elementary School is north of Royal Lane, between Greenville Avenue and Abrams Road. The area features Harry Moss Park, access to the White Rock Creek Trail and the nearby Royal Oaks Country Club.
Unlike many areas of Dallas, Lakewood has a level of air pollution one might expect from the suburbs, well below the regional average. Add that to White Rock Park and the White Rock Creek Trail, and you have one of the city’s major draws.
<h2>8. Eastern Colleyville</h2>
This portion of the city is closer to State Highway 121 and the vehicle exhaust brought on by idling commuters, which introduces some air pollution. But pollution here still is low by regional standards.
Parks, a country club, health facilities and recreation leagues and camps for kids along with fitness conscious residents help put the city in the top 10. Regular festivals and events in Southlake Town Square keep families outdoors on weekends.
<h2>10. Oak Lawn</h2>
Oak Lawn benefits from access to the Katy Trail and numerous health clubs. Air pollution is one factor that affects this area, though.