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Cedar Brake Outer Loop is a 8.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Glen Rose, Texas that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, mountain biking, and backpacking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 8.3 mi Elevation gain 708 ft Route type Loop

Dog friendly

Backpacking

Hiking

Mountain biking

Running

Forest

River

Views

Wild flowers

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Muddy

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Texas State Parks are open for day use. Due to COVID-19 parks require reservations. You must reserve and print day passes before you arrive, wear a face mask, practice social distancing in the park, and limit groups to 5 or less. More info can be found here: https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/

Texas Tourism Division, P.O. Box 12728 , Austin, TX, 78711-2728, Phone: 800-452-9292

Directions from Glen Rose, TX: Travel 4 miles west. Take US Highway 67 to FM 205 for 4 miles to Park Road 59; then go one mile to the headquarters. There is an honor box located at headquarters for collecting fees after office hours.

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Liz Hudson
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Hiking

Easy trail-well marked. Flat overall.

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Cindy Evans
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Hiking

Forgot to stop recording.... oops

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Kacy Miller
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Hiking

Great trail. First time at this park so wasn’t sure what to expect. Did the Cedar Brake Outer Loop, moving counterclockwise. Rockier than I had imagined, but a great workout. Did not see a single human on the entire trail but for the river crossings, which was an added bonus. LOTS of direct sun so be sure to take extra water and sunscreen. Got tricked up in one spot around mile 3-4. The Outer Loop trail was supposed to go along a creek bed, but it began to feel like I was off trail so I turned around, hopped on another trail and picked up the Outer Loop again after a mile or so. Thank heavens for AllTrails! The park map was not helpful in that circumstance. End of trail was odd because it was literally a roadway, but I cut through the Monarch Trail and avoided at least some asphalt.

Todd Moore
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This is not a novice or even intermediate trail. We did 3 hours and went about three miles. The river is high which made it really hard to cross. But we did it! All in all a very challenging but fun ride!

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Sandy Parker
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Hiking

Did the entire 8.3. 75% of the trail is in the sun so bring lots of water, sunscreen, etc. Lots of uphill (we went clockwise) so it's a good workout. Varied sections of trail from typical state park trails (wooded, well maintained) to parts that look more like a gravel access road. No complaints. Really enjoyed this one. You need to pre-purchase a day pass to get in due to covid-19 and wear a mask, or so they say. We saw very few masks but then again we encountered exactly 2 people on the trail while we were there.

Anne Combs
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Hiking

Great trail. Lots of shade. Small areas of elevation but never lasts long. I had to cross over the river to get to trail but you can cross via rocks or it’s shallow enough to walk across.

Kirby Smith
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Awesome trail. Not very crowded at all. We went several miles and didn’t see anyone. Lots of great scenery.

Lindsay Hughes
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Hiking

Super fun trail! The beginning and towards the end you have to walk through the little river. It’s not very deep- My dog (80lb Shepherd/Rottie) made it through just fine! I wore water shoes but can go barefoot. Loved the elevation climbs and loved the length. The end is super strange and you have to walk on the main roads to get back to your car... but saw plenty of butterflies and loved the different scenes!

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Sabra Nickels
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Hiking

Good trail for seeing the majority of the park. There are options along the way to add more miles. Great overlooks along limestone ledge. All in all it’s a pretty trail, well marked, clean. Look for prints all along the River! Ran into several random ones off the beaten path. Enjoy!

Kip Fruge'
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Camping

Great little trail. Did an overnight at #7. Lots of shade and very well marked. The only downside was no nearby water. I was aware of this and packed in what I needed. I did find water about a half mile off of Buckeye when I was out exploring. It’s off the trail but you could hear it from the trail but I’m not sure if it flows year round. Overall I really enjoyed it.

Samuel Scott
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HikingRocky

Nice for 1.5 hours from Dallas. Backpacked at primitive #2 which was great.

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Preston Weaver
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Maria de Jesus Guerrero
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Blake Putnam
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Hiking

Hybrid access via Limestone route> Outlook>Black Capped Vireo> Cedar Creak Breakout then reverse. Excellent trail that has some technical sections but nothing crazy. For a long quite hike take this route. There’s also some scenic parts along the way. Expect to be out for 3-4hrs.

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Mason Blair
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Hiking

Lots of ups and downs! Wear waterproof boots and you’ll be fine! Fantastic trail!

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Joe F
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Hiking

I've done this trail twice now. It's a good workout, has views of nice rolling hills, and passes the dinosaur tracks. There are stream crossings at the beginning and end. I had to wade once and could stay on top of rocks the other time. Check the state website and/or Facebook page before heading out for river conditions.

Donald Ferrier
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Hiking

From primitive north campsite #6 to Buckeye trail to Outer Cedar Brake to River to Limestone Ledge trail to Outer Cedar & back to #6

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Donald Ferrier
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Hiking

From remote parking to Primitive camp #6 north

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Natalie Rogers
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Lizzie Gorman
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So so so so soooo many spiders about 1 mile in. We had to turn around because all the routes we tried to take were just completely overrun with spider webs.

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Thomas Jordan
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This trail kicked my rear. Lots of loose rocks, steps, steep inclines, and narrow trails. Fun, but challenging. Had to walk many of the uphills. Not sure if I’m just not skilled on my bike or if this trail is really that tough, but it wins today.

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Nicole Boatman
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HikingRocky

This was a great trail! My only complaint was the long stretches of Rocky terrain, which is fine, but for me it took a toll on my ankles. Otherwise, some decent shade coverage, crossed the Brazos twice, as well as a handful of small streams. Be prepared to get your feet wet! There were some decent changes in elevation... especially for this area of North Central Texas. There are some rewarding lookouts throughout as well. Definitely recommend!

Sara Ann Winsett
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Rachael E.
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Hiking

Loved it! Super easy and lots to look at! I got a little turned around at the second river crossing. I def recommend a hat and lots of sunblock if going in the summer, as there are long stretches with no trees. I personally wouldnt take the entire outter loop during the summer.

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Stephen Holcomb
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Good training loop with some elevation intensity surrounding the river. Beware of water levels and gear yourself accordingly! Early spring water temps were frigid, but fun. Also, mind the maps and your direction towards the rear of the park. We walked right into a neighboring campsite, as these primitive locations are dotted along the trails, but very discretely!

David Smith
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Wesley Fikes
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Hiking

We had a great time hiking this trail at Dinosaur Vally. The trail starts out with a water crossing and ends with one. When we were there, it was inevitable that we would get our feet wet. Either bring water shoes or be willing to take your shoes and socks off to cross. After the water crossing, you’ll go through some rocky terrain surrounded by trees. Lots of shade for a few miles. The trail opens up a bit as you walk along the property line of the park and some private land. There will be a few miles of no shade as well. The outer loop goes a little over eight miles but there are several different trails that weave in and out of the loop. Trails were well kept even in February. Lots of foot traffic and a few bicyclists. Didn’t see hardly any trash either. Very well kept.

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Matthew Shelton
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Backpacking

Great backpacking trail with great hiking.

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