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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.

I expected some nice river views and rock formations with the trail named Limestone ledge. River view OK but nothing else.

10 days ago

Great backpacking trail with great hiking.

It was a nice stroll. I gave it 4 stars in the context of what is available within a short drive of DFW (not much). The river was running strong when I came out, so be aware this trail may involve 2 river crossings with water up to mid-calves.

Very enjoyable hike but nothing very memorable.

Another good trail in a great park. Quieter and less active than the CBOL. Preferable to the bike traffic that can accumulate on the larger, more accessible trails.

Fantastic display of a true Texas State Park. I love to trail run and Dinosaur Valley State Park is a true gem. Can easily get 20 plus miles in. Several single tracks out there to explore. Might need to
Prepare to cross the river as sometimes your feet may get wet. Enjoy this beautiful creation and roam where Dinosaurs did. Amazing!

A sweet little trail just right for stretching out. Going today for the 100th(?)-ish time!

Definitely worth the 3 hour drive! Beautiful trees, clearly marked path, diversity on trail, opens to an awesome overlook of the dino tracks below. This place never gets old. Did I mention dino tracks?

5 months ago

This is a short loop designed for early morning dayhikes. We actually just linked the Cedar Brake Outer Loop and Black-Cap Vireo trail into what we call the Stephenson Loop. Take the left-hand path at the split by the main track site and follow it around the pasture and uphill. CBOL splits into three about halfway in; take the right-hand path to the Overlook, then follow the trail downhill, across the Paluxy, and back to the parking lot. An enjoyable stretch for a quick outing.

5 months ago

A short hike to a vantage overlooking the Main Track site. A memorial to the late park Director Billy Paul Baker rests up here, along with a stone bench. A good hike to make early in the morning to watch the birds come up, especially in the fall. Be mindful of the trail as there are a couple of slick spots on the rock.

Fun loop. I like it better in the winter: fewer people, cold, grey skies. A dusty doubletrack in places so look out for bikers if you're walking. Dog-friendly, kid-friendly, bring water. I usually walk with a small tarp during the summer as brief but heavy summer rains are definitely a thing.

A very easy sidewalk hike. I use it mainly to access a hidden trail to a remote camping spot. We live about 7 minutes away from the gate so we come to DSVP several times a month. It's nice having a state park in your backyard.

5 months ago

Wonderful hike! I really enjoyed it.

it's definitely a moderate trail. Good sections of steep path; several of those are man-made steps - others are natural steps in rock or tree roots, there are a few that are steep slopes. So be cautious on those. Use walking stick(s) - I wish I had thought about that before leaving home!

I got started just before 8 in the morning. the temperature was great - coolish. and the trail was almost all in the shade. the birds were singing, the breeze was light. a very good experience.

it was

Beautiful, really enjoyed hike.
Not marked well

Good trail and when you add the heat it's a very good workout. From car back to car my watch recorded just under 9 miles in 3 hours 50 minutes. Very rocky with lots of up and down and about half was shaded during the am.

7 months ago

I’ve been looking for places to hike in North Texas that are more than just flat land, and this definitely did the job. Very easy to locate, we started off in the Blue Hole section, hiked to the look out and around the Puluxy River Trail. Loved it, so many butterflies when you get to the overlook, and such a great view. The only problem was that the trails are a little confusing and not marked well, we got lost for a bit and eventually just had to follow the river back to where we parked. Overall a great experience.

We had a great time on this trail and nice to cool off in the river after

You cannot go wrong with Dinosaur Valley State Park! Lots of limestone, water, and trails with dinosaur fossil footprints in the rock. Cross over the river for more challenging hikes and rocky, drier terrain.

Very pretty. Nice to stop and swim in the river for a bit. Watch out for snakes tho.
Nice hike, and easy enough for my 6 year old to trek with a little assistance from time to time.

There are several trails in the park that aren't shown on Alltrails, many of which intersect with this one. I actually prefer these trails to the outer loop, as these tend to have more shade. Overall, this is a great place for a long hike,

Nice trail, not too demanding. Lots of long stretches without shade, which was an issue when we hiked on a hot afternoon.

Gorgeous views! Challenging hike climbs along the Outlook trail. Some Narrow challenging trails along river bed, Paluxy River trail for my 10 year old doggie, but she’s a trooper & kept up the whole 4 miles

9 months ago

My 7 y/o daughter has recently decided she really enjoys hiking (score), so we decided to hit up DVSP as it's only about 25 min from the house. Although we stuck to the easier/shorter trails for the first visit, they were just challenging enough that we both broke a sweat and got a good workout.

The trails are well-marked, the ranger-guided tours are highly informative, and the scenery is beautiful. We especially enjoyed being able to cool our feet in the river before heading out. And let's not forget the dinosaur tracks. Nothing like stepping back 130 million years on a Sunday morning.

We will definitely be back...

9 months ago

Did this trail with my five year old son. Great views and moderate terrain. The trail is well marked with blue markers. We also hiked to the Paluxy River Scenic Overlook which doing this trail. It came out to roughly 2.8 miles all together.

Heads up, we almost missed the turn around for the blue loop and ended up on the Black-capped Vireo Trail so keep a close eye on the blue markers.

This was a great trail for me and my five year old. We were able to reach in from our drive-in campsite. We first started by wading the river along the trail route which was a blast. When we got to a point to where the river was too deep for us, we climbed up to the main trail through the river bank. Part of the trail is paved and some parts are dirt.

From the campsite, it led us right to the Main Dinosaur Track site.

Great trail. Best to go in cooler weather. There are several stretches with no shade. A large portion of the trail is rocks so wear good shoes. Cool dinosaur tracks in the water.

I didn't particularly like following against someone's property, especially a deer hunting box. The views down into the valley are pretty solid though.

Clean trail lots of different trails to chose from. The longest is 7.5 miles. Not to challenging but a good walk. I grew up in west Texas and the terrain is much like home. I liked the walk in primitive camping areas. Very private getaway.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Loved this hike. We went in November very beautiful!

Monday, December 04, 2017

Fun for kids, most of the tracks are in the water though so plan to go when it's warmer. Water is surprisingly clean/clear, suitable for kids to play in without fear that they will grow a third arm or something.

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