Dominion at Great Hills Trail

HARD 28 reviews

Dominion at Great Hills Trail is a 2.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Jollyville, Texas that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. 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.

DISTANCE
2.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
518 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

cave

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

hiking
3 days ago

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3 days ago

hiking
10 days ago

hiking
16 days ago

This trail consists of 2 loops, the black trail as marked by the map, then going on to the red trail, thus totalling 2.8 miles. I would rate is a moderate, not hard. Towards the end, the red trail was difficult to find and had to rely on GPS. This is part of a larger trail system and will be returning to explore further

hiking
16 days ago

hiking
16 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

trail running
2 months ago

Ran here again the other day. It's awesome. Plenty of ups and downs, trail twists and turns, rocky and rooty, lots of step ups, gotta shimmy between trees and rocks sometimes, tree branches and plants getting you, etc. And if you look at the map at the playground where the trail starts, you can see that there're more trails, all those bike trails. But even with those extra trails, the added mileage isn't a lot. More than other trails, but to get anywhere above 10 mile you'd have to repeat sections of the trail- which, I guess, is rather normal in trail running.

For trail running, this is a pretty good workout. For the casual hiker, be prepared to be a little out of breath, even if you only take the easy green or blue trails.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

This trail definitely earns its "hard" rating due to rocky, uneven terrain that requires careful planning of where/how to step in many places. It was quite slippery in many places, too, so we had to find walking sticks to help us complete the hike. We brought water shoes for the creek crossings but did not need them due to it being a dryish season, but do be prepared. Very beautiful scenery and variety of vegetation. I've never seen a trail so well marked as these: clear markers every time we were starting to wonder if we were really on a trail or not, and arrow signs at all the trail intersections. We parked on the road by the playscape and hiked the Main Loop, River, and Jack's Wager trails and a little bit of the "biking" trails. (You would need to be a very advanced mountain biker to bike those bike trails. We saw a lot of blood dripped in one place that we assume was from a bicyclist that didn't fare so well.) You can't see any houses from the trail 95% of the time. It's truly a hidden gem inside of a neighborhood. We had the place to ourselves and it was an awesome, peaceful hike!

hiking
3 months ago

4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Surprisingly nice trail in the middle of the suburbs. In spite of the fact that you're never very far from a residential neighborhood you'll definitely get some peace and quiet.

Points off because the trails are really poorly marked. This is exacerbated by the fact that the trail loops back on itself so much that you can end up completing the same stretch twice if you're not careful, or ending up on one of the side trails that can easily add a mile to your hike.

It's a difficult hike, but that's what you're going for, if you're looking for a peaceful nature walk, this isn't it.

trail running
5 months ago

I went to do some trail running, and boy did I ever get a bargain! First things: you park on the street; there's a small, mostly maintained playground at the entrance with toys for kids; and right next door (south) is a field where you could easily kick some soccer balls, throw around a football, etc. But the real fun:

Just behind the playground is the entrance to the hiking/biking trails- there are a few short hiking trails at varying distances, but there are a lot of biking trails, and it can get confusing if you decide to go far back into the trails (some of the markers are either hard to spot or gone). There is a giant map at the entrance which is accurate; and most (emphasize: most) of the trails are clearly marked so it's easy to get back to the main trail head.

Don't be deceived: The trailhead seems simple at first, before getting into the woods. But the whole trail is full of ups and downs, rocks and trees and roots, twists and turns, and far back in the trails there are creek crossings. It's kinda like, "How far you wanna go?" The further back you get, the more stuff there is. The only thing is the lack of any longer, steep hill climbs, but there are good elevation changes none-the-less. For the hiking, trail running, and trail biking enthusiast, this is your place.

hiking
5 months ago

Great trail with markers to keep you on track. Entrance to the trail is thru the children's playground.