Dinosaur Valley State Park contains some of the best preserved dinosaur tracks in the world. The dinosaur tracks are located in the riverbed, so please call ahead to check on river conditions. There are two fiberglass models; a 70-foot Apatosaurus and a 45-foot Tyrannosaurus Rex. They were built, under commission of the Sinclair Oil Company, New York World's Fair Dinosaur Exhibit of 1964 - 1965. Other activities include camping, picnicking, hiking, mountain biking, Equestrian use in a separate 100-acre area (no horses furnished), river swimming and fishing, and wildlife observation.
This place has a great selection of hiking and primitive camping sites along with multiple scenic areas. I'm not an expert in hiking/camping, but I tend to look for more aggressive areas to explore and this place kept me entertained. I plan on camping in the primitively areas in the upcoming weeks.
Decent trail fast hike, run, or bike ride. Didn't really see any interesting sights to slow down for. You will have to cross the Paluxy river twice. And if you go by the colored trail park map be careful in the south west area. They improperly painted the 'Cedar Brake Outer Loop' (dark red) the color used for 'Black-capped Vireo' trail color (dark green)
We went for a day hike. The part we went on was okay, beautiful views if you follow the river side, once you got in the back taking the exit route not so nice. The bathrooms and showers were awful!! the campsite feels like your on top of each other. Seemed more of a tourist town. Beautiful view up on top of the ridge.
The Paluxy River runs through the middle of the park which makes the season you go a big factor. All roads and primitive campsites are on the western side of the river with a few trails. Most of the good trails are on the eastern side of the river making crossing it a requirement at least twice. We enjoy crossing at the southern junction and then hiking the Paluxy River Trail up river. This allows us to wade/swim the river back down to the original crossing point when we are done with the PRT. Great trail for water dogs!
Well maintained and marked trails. Great wading/swimming in the Paluxy River as most trails are on the opposite side as access and parking.
There are several dinosaur tracks visible in the river bed. Bring your swimsuits and water bottles.