Explore the most popular views 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.

trail running
10 days ago

Awesome place, pretty crowdedon weekends.

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.

Beautiful cedar trail with birds and vistas.

hiking
28 days ago

Slightly experienced people would definitely call this an easy-moderate difficulty trail. The cedar brake trail specifically is the longest of a series of small trails in the cedar nature preserve. The loop itself is 1.9 miles with the access trail adding about 0.4 miles to the total hike. The cedar brake loop branches off to a less-than-spectacular lookout area about 3/4 of the way through. The main trails have quite a bit of traffic but it thins out farther into the cedar brake trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice, easy trail that is quite enjoyable.

hiking
1 month ago

good trail for our location. definitely will get your heart pumping as there are a couple of decent ascents/ descents.

hiking
1 month ago

Definitely the best trail in the area! This trail has multiple trails on it that were easy to navigate and included beautiful scenery. Lots of incline that kicked my butt. We went on the weekend and there were a lot of people. The only thing I didn’t like was we almost stepped on a rattlesnake, but that’s nature for you! There were many signs warning to watch for snakes. Other than being traumatized by my encounter with the devils serpent (lol) I will definitely go back! AND IT WAS CLEAN!!! Very little trash laying around.

I'm not sure why cottontail is hard and this is moderate, but they are both great. Lots of steep elevation so wear good supportive shoes.

Enjoyed the views - a nice, short hike to get away from the city.

Good hike.. enjoyed it

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail for beginners!

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

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 :-)

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 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.

hiking
3 months 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 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
3 months 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.

hiking
4 months 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

hiking
4 months 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
4 months ago

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

hiking
5 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.

hiking
5 months ago

This one kicked me in the backside! I’m just now getting back in to hiking and should have done a much easier trail. I was not ready for the up and down climbing. I’ll try this one again in a few months after a bit more conditioning!

hiking
5 months ago

This was an easy trail, but getting to the actual trail was a little tricky. You first have to take Cattail Pond Trail, and that leads to Cedar Brake Trail. Lots of the photos above are actually of Cattail Pond, which is NOT the same as Cedar Brake. For anyone who wants to do a sunrise/sunset hike (which is what we aimed to do), I recommend taking Cattail Pond Trail instead of Cedar Brake. All in all, nice morning hike.

Moderate trail with some hills.

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