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.

hiking
17 days ago

My garmin had the trail At 8.1 miles quite a but up and down nice hike

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)

Did a loop from the trailhead around the tracks and back. Highly recommend bringing a towel, flip flops, and a few zip lock backs. You will have to cross water to see some of the tracks. (And the rocks can be slippery...I found out the hard way)

hiking
3 months ago

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.

Lots of different trails to choose from. You do have to cross the river at the beginning but it's not that bad. Great scenery and a good hike.

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.

hiking
5 months ago

Took my 6yr old and he loved it! Bring your swimsuit and take a dip after a long hike!

hiking
6 months ago

hikers: you will have to cross the river right at start of trail.posted.
great trail system....stayed on the trail on the inner loop. great spots to get in and out of the water.

spent the day with my family here everyone enjoyed every aspect of the trail

Not bad for a short day hike and close to home. If you live in DFW it is worth the short trip there.

Really enjoyed this trail! Great overlook and had fun playing in the river. Will definitely go again!

Great place to camp!

Most of the 8 or 9 trails here are moderate and most are mountain bike friendly. The South Eastern trails aren't well covered and get hot during the afternoon.

Trails are exceptional for trail running.

Beautiful scenery. Dinosaur tracks are visible when the river is low.