Explore the most popular forest trails in Cedar Ridge Preserve with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Nice trails, but heavy traffic.

Very nice scenery! Kids loved it!!!

One mile to the pond, one mile back! Such a fun trail! Tons of things to see! Beautiful views!

Hard, steep (had to carry bike a few times) & poisonous snake habitat.

Good trail in Dallas. Not too difficult and heavily trafficked.

I echo much of what has been said. My biggest concern was that many of the dogs I saw were overheated and not doing well. Too many people didn’t have enough water for themselves or their pets. Dogs don’t sweat under their fur so they can’t cool down like humans. If your taking your dog pay attention to their needs and be prepared to help cool them off.

Amazing trails! Do watch out as there a significant amount of poison ivy on the fossil valley portion

Closed for maintenance. Open again Sept. 2018

3 months ago

Nice, easy trail that is quite enjoyable.

This is definitely not a hard trail at all. High side of easy / low side of moderate at best. A good hike especially when combined with adjacent trails.

Tied with Cedar Brake for my favorite trail in Texas so far. Challenging trail with good elevation. If your children cannot clear 2 ft. obstacles it's probably best to skip this one.

A nice respite from the busy city life. Crowded on the weekends.

This was an excellent place to come the first day of Spring. Just beautiful to look out over all the green trees. After the initial increase the trail isn’t difficult but the kids were really struggling that first little bit.

4 months ago

Great trail for beginners!

4 months ago

Crowded. 8, 6, and 4 yo’s had no problems with this easy trail.

Seester time! We needed one more hike in before our day ended. Since this is right beside the Cedar Hill SP, we chose it. I’m sure it is sooo much better when it isn’t muddy. It rained many inches last week and the trail was a mess. Another obstacle was the improvements being done near the road. It took as a while to figure out how to get to the trail. Once that’s complete I’m sure it will be great again. We will need to do this trail again.

I came at 6:45am on a 60 degree Saturday morning and hiked the Cattail Pond/Fossil Valley/Cedar Brake trails, & tho it was totally packed at 9am when I left, there weren't many people at all on the trails for most of my hike. Really lovely scenery and trails - nothing compared to, like, the Wichita Mountains, but for so close to Dallas it's great, I'll be back a lot. Cattail Pond is a terrific place to be just after sunrise :-)

5 months 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.

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!

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.

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!

6 months ago

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

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.

Moderate trail with some hills.

As described here, this is actually the combination of several trails including Cattail Pond, Fossil Valley, Cedar Brake and Possumhew. Bottom line is that this is one of the very best places to hike in DFW. Bikes aren't allowed here, so there no need to worry about being run over. You will see lots of dogs on the trail, especially the Cattail Pond section. If you bring your dog, keep them on leash.

Before or after your hike (during spring or summer), check out the red plants to the right of the restrooms and you'll hopefully see some hummingbirds.

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