Explore the most popular nature trips trails in Dinosaur Valley State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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?

3 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.

3 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.

3 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.

4 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

7 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...

7 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.

Loved this hike. We went in November very beautiful!

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.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

good trail but it is longer than 7.52 miles that the park map says. there is shade a good part of the trail and you do some climbing as well. end of the trail is mostly grassy terrain. make sure to bring a carb snack and plenty of water. my dogs feet pads got sore over the many miles of rocky trails. so, make sure your dog has dog booties.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Beautiful area. The trail is a bit more than the stated 7.1 miles, my watch recorded 7.6. As others mentioned, there is a stream to cross so plan for that. Not sure why others say the trails are not clearly marked, I thought they were well marked with plenty of signs and arrows.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Good hike. Wish tge trails where better identified.

Friday, July 07, 2017

Great hike at the rivers edge

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Took our water-loving GSD for a hike here. Lots of opportunity to wade in the river, which was a great way to cool off. Bring towels and shoes that will handle slippery rocks. Wish that the trail maps were a little more straightforward. The dino tracks are super cool and easy to find and see. Because the park is so family-friendly, it does tend to get pretty crowded.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Great place to take your family!

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