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The Cedar Ridge Nature Preserve, previously called the Dallas Nature Center, is a natural area that covers 600 acres. It is located between Mountain Creek Parkway and FM 1382, only a short drive from downtown Dallas. Here you will find native trees, plants, and grasses that provide natural habitat for native pollintors. Bird and butterfly watching are popular activities in the park, and the rare black-capped Vireo can be found here. The preserve offers 9 miles of hiking trails with many easy trails to choose from in addition to some more challenging hikes, so there is something for everyone, including those who want to get a great workout.

hiking
26 days ago

Come out in late March through most of April to see the bluebonnet blooms. The trail also features a lookout tower where you can get a nice view of the surrounding area.

hiking
26 days ago

One be of the best trails in DFW. Beautiful and challenging. And crowded on nice weekends, so come out on a weekday if you can. Still awesome either way and worth it.

hiking
27 days ago

I would rate this as moderate, not difficult, as someone who hikes often. But I think for this area, which is pretty flat, it could be considered difficult. Though this loop is only about 2 miles, there are a lot of trails off of it that can easily make your hike as long as you like. Some pretty views, the trails are very clean and well marked. I would go again if I was in the area.

A fairly challenging trail that offers some great views. Crowded on nice weekends; come on weekday if you can.

A complex of trails that are by far the best in the DFW area, in my opinion. Not much solitude, unless you can come on a non-holiday weekday, but the nature and climbs are awesome!

hiking
27 days ago

To me, this the best trail in Dallas - Ft. Worth. Challenging and quite surprising if you've never been here. I started coming here back in the 90s web it was the little-known Dallas Nature Center. It's still as naturally beautiful as ever, but these days, there are a LOT of folks out here on any decent weather weekend, so solitude is a thing of the past. If you have a schedule that allows, or a day off, come on a weekday.

Easy trail just be smart and carry a bottle of water maybe a 20 ounce and some snacks

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1 month ago

Great trail, goes down and up a few times. Lots of rocks and great stops with benches and Cattail pond has a little rest area and there is a look out tower on the trail. Easy to moderate, moderate due to the inclines and descents. Took my dog, lots of other dogs, all on leashes, people seemed to be very polite and aware of dog etiquette.

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1 month ago

excellent trail for being in the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex. a lot of steep inclines and drops make this trail and it's sister trail cattail pond worth doing. I actually do both trails together. You will not be bored. my work has me off for extended periods and when I am off I walk this daily. When you combine the two my exersise app shows it is 4 miles and total climbing elevation if you combine all the up and downs is 826 steep climbing ft

I have been twice in 5 days, and I absolutely love it. There are so many different combos of trails that it doesn't get old... gotta visit this place.

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1 month ago

App says 250ft elevation change—thing is you do that over and over! More up and down then I expected but was a Blast! Much respect to the folks that were running this trail!!

Surprising ups and downs for an urban hike. Despite the amount of cars in parking lot, the trail was not crowded thanks to the numerous options!

hiking
1 month ago

Jan 2, 2016- this was a fun hike that had many stops along the way to catch your breath!

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail

Probably the best trail system in DFW, definately the most natural. if only the traffic noise wasn't there to remind you where you're at. Some of the steepest hikes up and down in DFW, this trail will get you in shape fast. Very nice, it's like leaving DFW and going straight into the hill country. Some nice vistas along the way, beautiful trees.

I’ve only done the Fossil Valley portion. It’s gorgeous but has some steep ups and downs.

wooded and easy to follow trail, decent outlook spot, overall very nice trail I'd call it more moderate.

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