Once called Katy Trail Phase IV, the Flag Pole Hill Trail connects by way of the SoPac Trail to Ridgewood Trail and the Katy Trail. In the other direction, it runs east along Northwest Highway past the Merriman Park/University Manor neighborhood. In fact, that neighborhood helped come up with the new name, according to its newsletter. “Our desire was to have a name closely associated with White Rock Lake, since we consider our neighborhood as the gateway to White Rock.” The hike/bike trail will intersect the White Rock Creek and White Rock Lake trails and extend to the Dallas Police Department substation and the former Muchert Army Reserve Center, which will be the new Dallas Park and Recreation department headquarters come 2018; that property neighbors Flag Pole Hill.
The SoPac Trail eventually will lead users to the existing White Rock Creek Trail and White Rock Lake Trail and then run north along to a location near Trammel and Fisher. Along the way it will connect to Katy Trail and the Dixon Branch Trail by utilizing the old Union Pacific Railway line. The final vision for the pathway is a 7-mile segment of planned trail running through East Dallas that eventually stops around Central Expressway. The SoPac Trail corridor primarily passes through residential neighborhoods on its route to the lake. The trail should be complete by the end of next year.