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Chalk Ridge Falls Park Trail is a 3.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Belton, Texas that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 3.1 mi Elevation gain 170 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Cave

Forest

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Bugs

Muddy

Rocky

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Facilities

Chalk Ridge Falls is a great park with a huge area for trails and recreation.

Simple parking, some trash cans are available. The park itself is very clean but the exisitng facillities are in a state of repair.

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Reviews (364)
Photos (280)
Recordings (292)
Completed (658)
Robin Woodall
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HikingOver grown

I hiked this on Monday, July 27th, with my dog. As a whole, I loved the park and most of the trail. Towards the end the trail did get overgrown and I turned back, but there were enough side trails to keep us busy and happy for a few hours. You can scramble up the ridge to some very pretty views. We had a great time and will definitely go back to explore. There were a lot of people there and I'm hoping it is less crowded in the fall. I liked that there was elevation change, a nice river to hike alongside, lots of rocks and ridges, some boadwalks, bridges, and a suspension bridge. All of these things made for an interesting hike and something different for this part of Texas.

Janneth Johnson
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Hiking

Lots of trash but other than that great

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Marcy Moya
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HikingOff trail

Great spot for chilling in the water. Hiking, not so much. Lots of brush covering the trail. Also zero trail markers, making it easy to get lost on side trails.

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Jennifer Green
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Hiking

This was a tough one to rate. If I’m reviewing the swimming spots and waterfall then I’d definitely give it five stars, however, the trail itself left a lot to be desired. The trail was overgrown and not maintained.

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Zoey Johnson
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Hiking

Nice area but there was no trail map, trail was not maintained well, and the trail markers were non-existent. I saw one red marker & one blue marker but had no clue which trail was which on this out & back. Chalk Falls was pretty but there was trash everywhere.

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Carla Osuna
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Hiking

Lots of shade, water was great to cool off in. Parts are washed out, especially under the erosion control steps. Made parts of the trail slick. Grass is high in areas was concerned about snakes but went ahead and hiked on. Great views and the side trails were fun too. Bridge is fun/scary.

Diana Noel
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HikingOver grown

The trails weren’t difficult and wasn’t confusing as some say. The water felt cool in the heat. Make sure to wear water shoes in the creek as the rocks are sharp. Totally want to go back to swim! There was a lot of trash on the trails. People pick up after yourselves!!

Isabel Vázquez-Rivera
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HikingOver grown
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JTM Bartels
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First one in the park today....Yahoo!Opens at 0800. Bring a bag or two to help with the trash. Lots of it around the waterfall area. If you take the actual trail back and not just stay at the main area then the trail is quite nice. A little overgrown but manageable.

Jen Ilene
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HikingBridge outOver grown

Filthy dirty water and the trail was not maintained.

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Jason Christopherson
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HikingOver grown

This is actually a beautiful trail I had no idea we had such a great hike so close to where we live!! Once you get past the falls the trail was slowly but surely become extremely primitive with almost no maintenance but just enough walking room for one person single file the sound of the river and the constant shade of the trees is a nice escape from your usual Texas Trail which is usually exposed to lots of sunlight and complete lack of water I love this place and will absolutely return again and recommend it for everybody!

JTM Bartels
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Scenic driving

It's officially back open....lots and lots of people today for Mother's Day. Will return another day.

Kenny Vatter
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Hiking

Lovely place, great trails, fantastic views... too bad everyone just throws their trash all over the property... feels like being back in NYC.. rickety bridges and all... Hey, there was even heavy traffic.... “this place would be awesome if it wasn’t for the people” Next time I’ll bring a trash bag, maybe a few.

JTM Bartels
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HikingClosed

Currently closed until further notice, see picture for restricted access.

Emilee Edwards
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Hiking

Easy enough! Wore my baby in a wrap and got about a mile out then turned back cause he was fussy. It’s really pretty just wish they hadn’t torn down a bunch of trees. Also a great place for pictures. I did my maternity shoot here

Matthew Voges
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Hiking

This would be a good trail however the trails are not marked well and sometimes at all. There are multiple side trails from people either not knowing the true trail or ignoring the trail. Thus creating severe erosion and breakdown of landscape surrounding the trail. There is also a multitude of dead trees and branches waiting to fall. The falls are gorgeous and very picturesque if you can get a picture through the people and animals off leashes splashing through the water.

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Heather Cizek
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HikingRocky
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Justin A. Pritchett
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Hiking

hands down my favorite trail. ive done this one a couple times with my daughter and she loves it. everytime we go out we find a new addition to the trail or go a little further. yhe trails are well marked some are over grown and end kinda suddenly but they are easy to avoid if you dont want to be off trail.

Tom r
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Definitely an enjoyable hike. I saw a few squirrels, heard a some field mice scurrying about and hawks circling above. The stream also provided the sounds of nature as you would expect. Loved it!!!

Ryan Talbot
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Hiking

Loved the suspension bridge and river. It was a sunny day so I took my shoes off and walked in the river, it was very shallow & calm. Popular spot, there were plenty of people around.

Raymond Payne
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HikingBlowdownOver grownWashed out

The beginning of the trail up to the suspension bridge is well defined and marked. Some 6x6 lumber staircases are in major disrepair and aren't very safe for use. They are washed out and in some cases rebar is exposed in a way that is very dangerous; Could cause stumbling and make a stumble more severe. Trail markers are up to 15 feet off the trail and confusing when combined with the numerous established unofficial trails created by years of hikers' traveling to points of interest. About 3/4 of a mile in the trail becomes an unmarked well defined deer trail big enough for 1 person littered with fallen trees and washed out trail. Although this environment is fun and adds a bit more activity than simply walking I don't think it is congruent with the "easy" rating people depend on to judge whether or not they'll bring along small children, even strollers. There are plenty of opportunities for unique photographs and exploration. I recommend the "Easy" rating be changed to "Easy-Medium" until the trail challenges are addressed.

Christopher Morales
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HikingOff trail
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Courtney C
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Hiking

Not quite sure why everyone is complaining about this hike...it’s nature, things over grow. The trails aren’t marked clearly but if you get lost here you probably shouldn’t be out hiking in general and should stick to a city park. The best time to go is in March/April when everything is green. I absolutely love walking along the water, one of my favorite places to come. The trail along the stream is about 1 person wide, so if you have a dog that isn’t great with other dogs, I wouldn’t recommend bringing them as you won’t be able to put space between them.

TC Lay
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HikingMuddy

Can't really give it a great review. Extremely crowded. I presume there would be less people on a week day. I'll have to come back some other time because it shows potential.

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Sam Wat
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Hiking

Very easy, with a lot of exploring you can do. Love dipping my feet in the water near the mini falls towards the end.

Joseph LaMotte
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HikingFloodedOff trailWashed out

chalkridge is one of my favorite places to explore. people complain about the trails being overfrown and washed out but thats part of the experience. its a nature center not a city park. please take a bag and pick up trash if you can. the trails are currently being worked on older trials are being blocked off. they are clearing trees as well for a new emergency route for rescue teams to the falls.

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