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Cedar Ridge Outer Loop is a 5.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Dallas, Texas that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 5.4 mi Elevation gain 682 ft Route type Loop
Dog friendly Hiking Nature trips Running Forest Lake Views Wildlife Rocky
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This loop consist of Praire, Bluebonnet, Escarpment, Fossil Valley, Possumhaw, and Cedar Brake trails.

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Reviews (138)
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Recordings (114)
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Neil Hodgkinson
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HikingGreat!
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Jillian Schultz
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Hiking

Very busy on a Saturday morning!

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Abermo Mbuntum
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Neal Wright
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Kailee Surratt
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Lori Matthews
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FishingGreat!

If you want a real challenge then these are the trails for it! very clean and clearly marked. The foliage and views are lovely.

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Johana Cárdenas
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HikingGreat!

This park has beautiful views. I recomend to have the map of the trails in your phone. It is very helpful although there are signs and maps.

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Mike Demster
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Awesome. Started at 7 am, park was full but not crowded.

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Mike Demster
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Awesomely maintained. Donate on sire to keep it great

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Michael Meier
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the trail was clean and kept up on maintenance. It was a little rocky, make sure you've got a good pair of shoes. The steps along the trail were primarily your inclines and declines which made for a decent work out. The trail is for sure heavily trafficked.

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Matt Mucciaccio
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HikingBugsGreat!

Great trail, lots of trees for shade. Trafficked.

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Kelly Norris
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This was an awesome trail with great scenic overlooks with great views. It was hot and they had water refill stations. Lots of fun!

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Takahiro Kawazoe
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RunningGreat!

This is a great trail and it is hard to find such a beautiful and tough trail in North Texas since it is basically flat / no shade trail here. But this place is different and covered with trees and some trails are full of uphill/downhill. I would definitely recommend this trail for hiker / trail runner. One thing you need to pay attention is that this place will get busy quickly. You might want to be here 7 am or earlier (around 6 would be better), otherwise you can't use designated parking area, so you have to park a bit far and trails will be busy.

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Jason Padyiasek
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Really nice trail, just not as long as advertised. I use another app to track my distance and it showed about 4.5 miles. I followed along closely on this app to make sure I was taking the correct route, and I’m certain that I did. I did the trail in 75 minutes so 2 1/2 hours isn’t needed unless you’re taking a lot of breaks. Lots of spots to rest and a few scenic areas too. Mostly shaded, but one good stretch had some sun.

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Lisa Landry
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I have hiked many different trails at Cedar Ridge Preserve, but this trailhead is not with all of the other ones. It’s actually down at the end of the last parking lot. Ended up going almost 7 miles because I had to backtrack a bit looking for the trailhead. Should have looked at the app closer! I don’t know how you could hike this trail without this app, because there are no signs with this trail’s name. It’s actually just combining a lot of different trails together, so I kept having to check the app to see which way to go. There are a lot of areas that are in the woods, so they are nicely shaded, but there are still several stretches that are exposed to full sun, so I would recommend taking a hat or umbrella for those areas, particularly in the middle of the day. Lots of scree on this trail, which could be tough on dog’s paws. Challenging trail, but FUN!

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Kirby Smith
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Awesome trail. Very forested. Felt like I was in a jungle at many places. Lots and lots of steep climbs and descents made for a challenging hike. This is without a doubt the toughest trail I’ve done in DFW. Note: My Apple Watch measured this trail at just over 6 miles and 860 feet elevation change.

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David Veletsky
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Beautiful area with nice terrain. Lots of shade and plenty of pretty sights. The last stretch is all uphill and it’s a butt burner. Would be five stars but the place was absolutely littered with trash everywhere. That aspect was quite depressing. I would bring boots vs shoes for more stability on loose gravel.

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Courtney Smith
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Trails are closed right now with COVID-19 restrictions

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Tamara Rymarz
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The trail is closed due to flooding. We didn’t come in the main entrance so we didn’t know it was closed until we saw a volunteer working on diverting water from the trail. Plus the snakes are out. . . So they don’t want people going off trail to avoid the muddy trails. We saw a baby copperhead dead on the trail.

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Craig Miller
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Best trail between Lake Texoma and the Hill country.

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Misty Stocks
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This is a great trail for running or hiking. You can add trails as you go through the preserve or single them out. It is busy on the weekends so come early if you want a place to park. Overall, great outdoor activity for the family but also safe to walk alone. I really enjoyed the views and changing terrain and inclines.

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Angela Springmeier
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Great trail for running and hiking. Busy on the weekends. Trails are well marked and well maintained. If lot is full, Park at the Rec Center. It will add another mile to your hike.

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Bravo Charlie
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Sofia Efthymiou
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Great hike, varied terrain and elevation. Even on a sunny fall Saturday it was like having the trail to myself a lot of the time.

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Becky Sartain
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Great moderate trail. Ups and downs, look out spots, benches along the way and well maintained and marked.

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John Marchese
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Fun trail -decent ups and downs and a few good speed areas

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Kimberly Tillett
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Excellent hiking trail that is meticulously maintained. Lots of use on the weekends but still plenty of space to have those “lost in nature” moments. Highly recommended!

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Junie Jean
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Trails were clear and markings were easy to follow!!! Had a blast!!!

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