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mountain biking
6 days ago

To all you hikers that keep complaining, take a minute to think who maintains the trail.. (DORBA).
(YES, IT COSTS BOTH MONEY TO BUY TOOLS AND LOTS OF VOLUNTEER HOURS TO KEEP THE TRAILS TIDY)
Then take another minute to figure out what does that mean. Hikers are more than welcome. but please no matter the park you go to. always stop at the trailhead and READ THE RULES!!!
most trails will ask hikers to go in the oposite direction so you can spot bikers from a distance and move aside.
thank you all for understanding.
have a great day!!

mountain biking
6 days ago

To all you hikers that keep complaining, take a minute to think who maintains the trail.. (DORBA).
(YES, IT COSTS BOTH MONEY TO BUY TOOLS AND LOTS OF VOLUNTEER HOURS TO KEEP THE TRAILS TIDY)
Then take another minute to figure out what does that mean. Hikers are more than welcome. but please no matter the park you go to. always stop at the trailhead and READ THE RULES!!!
most trails will ask hikers to go in the oposite direction so you can spot bikers from a distance and move aside.
thank you all for understanding.
have a great day!!

Nice hiking trail for 20 min outside dallas. Mostly shaded which was nice. Rocky so I had to put boots on my dog. Can’t complain otherwise! Very little bike traffic although I came out on a weekday during the day.

This is a very short trail, but there is an incline so it may be hard for young children. The trail is pretty overgrown but you can easily keep track of it. During the summer it's hard to see the dallas skyline where the bench is, but it should be much more visible as the leaves fall! You can hear the cars and the dart train but you can not see them from the trail. The trail head is kind of hidden, it's in the clearing of trees next to the big power line tower. Lots of bugs in the summer so put on bugspray! There are lots of shaded areas but also some clearings so suncreen is a must also.

Easy to get lost, poorly marked. That is part of the fun though! Have gps or a compass and it’s a blast exploring all the fun trails.
Mild elevation changes throughout. Incredible scenery!

Very fun experience and I look forward to learning more of these trails.

road biking
1 month ago

The wooded areas are really pretty. Creek levels are low and there was a lot of trash in it and on the trail...makes me sad and mad. Saw a couple of men sleeping under the bridge at Forest and another taking a "shower" at the water fountains near 75 and 635 in that open area. Decided that I should probably turn around there...met back up with WRC trail and biked it until the trail was closed...somewhere on Park Central. It's probably best to bike it with a buddy...definitely felt safer on a bike than I would have running alone.

Bike only,
Trail is really narrow
Not hiker friendly

Lots of pretty nature to see. High traffic on the morning of 4th of July. Some exposed areas out of the shade, so bring a hat and lots of water if going the summer. Trails are marked with various types of signs and some of them contradictory to others, so it's a little confusing. Also had a ton of cut throughs that make staying on the trails challenging, and again make it easy to get lost. If I'd taken my bike, I'd be annoyed with the amount of foot traffic. Still, it's beautiful.

Overall, the nature preserve is nice, with many different path options to manage how far you want to go. Relatively well kept, but I did see a little trash along the trail.

My biggest issue is that the trail is poorly marked. Easy to get lost with lots of random offshoots to confuse just about everyone on the trail.

My second issue, which might be more of a preference, is that over half the trail is not shaded. If it’s summer in dallas, you will need to bring plenty of water for you and your dog.

always a nice little escape. Use your GPs though it's easy to get lost.

A surprisingly lovely hidden gem. Parts were a bit littered when I went. Navigation can be tricky, just pay close attention and have a GPS app. Lots of shade.

Best places with a lot of deep hills. Great workout place.

Beautiful place relax paths.

saw deer in the first 5 mins. great place to soak in the scenery

hiking
2 months ago

relaxing place to walk.

Awesome park. We had a blast. It was our first time on the trail and we had no problems following the trail. The trails are clearly marked and no sand spurs.

Very fun hike, had decent shade for most of the time. Had more wildlife than I had expected.

Amazing run I was sore for a week

mountain biking
3 months ago

Very urban trail with light traffic. Couple nice fountains but mostly houses. Also the trail is not marked well.

Closed for maintenance. Open again Sept. 2018

walking
3 months ago

great easy trail. could use a few more signs, but not a big deal.

hiking
3 months ago

Bike friendly. If hiking, be sure to go in the opposite direction because trail is narrow & bikers have city manners. Decent trail for inner city hiking. Easy to moderate

A quick uphill to the ridge top then an easy flat walk or run to the end. Trail dead ends at a road and is above a set of train tracks and a golf course. A partial and full view of the Dallas skyline are nice rewards.

Loved the trail! Great hills and rocks with flat open areas too. Most of the wood bridges and cross overs spots are in need of repair. It hasn’t been well maintained but the trees and location are nice.

hiking
4 months ago

Agree with other reviewers... Very nice trails except for a bit of trash, some houses, and some road noise. But, overall quite nice. Not crowded during the week at least. I would describe it as very flat, but there are additional trails beyond what’s shown here so it’s great if you are looking for a long hike.

Park in the gravel parking lot on the west side of Jim Miller by the soccer field, not the paved one at Gateway Park. This way you don’t have to cross Jim Miller. Go towards the giant metal power tower and past it until you think “this can’t be the way” and then you’ll see the trailhead.

Beautiful, tons of butterflies this time of year. It’s a quick trail but worth the time out to see it. Be careful the beginning has a super steep part but after that it’s fine.

hiking
4 months ago

This was fun. We cut through about halfway to leave due to daylight hours. I wouldn’t rate it as hard the 11 yo and 7 yo did it easily but fun for sure

trail running
4 months ago

Yellow and Orange Trails easy to follow and track to. Northern and eastern sides of Preserve are tangled with cut throughs and bypasses making it difficult to stay on the main trail.

Trails are all very well maintained. Very, very little trash along the trail; looks like it was recently cleaned up.

DORBA sign has the trails marked as closed, so there were no cyclists today, along with absolutely zero people. Surprised more aren’t out there taking advantage of today’s cool weather.

Everything’s green right now, and with the latest rain the creeks are flowing enough to produce some nice sounding waterfalls.

Oh gosh was I happy for the GPS map! So many cut throughs look like parts of the trail that we ended up back at the parking lot before I decided to use the map.

Over all a nice path for the kids to run down without too much worry.

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