Escarpment/Fossil Valley/Cedar Brake Trails

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Escarpment/Fossil Valley/Cedar Brake Trails is a 3.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Duncanville, Texas that features a lake 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.

DISTANCE
3.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
426 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

backpacking

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

old growth

over grown

rocky

Has walking, running, and mountain biking (including downhill) from beginner to advanced. Trail steward is constantly maintaining and expanding the area. Rain makes most of the lower trails a muddy mess...also want to check the DORBA site before heading out, as certain days are always closed and rain typically shuts down all trails for a few days afterward.

hiking
28 days ago

A complex of trails that are by far the best in the DFW area, in my opinion. Not much solitude, unless you can come on a non-holiday weekday, but the nature and climbs are awesome!

hiking
1 month ago

Surprising ups and downs for an urban hike. Despite the amount of cars in parking lot, the trail was not crowded thanks to the numerous options!

hiking
1 month ago

Jan 2, 2016- this was a fun hike that had many stops along the way to catch your breath!

hiking
2 months ago

Probably the best trail system in DFW, definately the most natural. if only the traffic noise wasn't there to remind you where you're at. Some of the steepest hikes up and down in DFW, this trail will get you in shape fast. Very nice, it's like leaving DFW and going straight into the hill country. Some nice vistas along the way, beautiful trees.

hiking
2 months ago

I’ve only done the Fossil Valley portion. It’s gorgeous but has some steep ups and downs.

hiking
3 months ago

Moderate trail with some hills.

hiking
3 months ago

As described here, this is actually the combination of several trails including Cattail Pond, Fossil Valley, Cedar Brake and Possumhew. Bottom line is that this is one of the very best places to hike in DFW. Bikes aren't allowed here, so there no need to worry about being run over. You will see lots of dogs on the trail, especially the Cattail Pond section. If you bring your dog, keep them on leash.

Before or after your hike (during spring or summer), check out the red plants to the right of the restrooms and you'll hopefully see some hummingbirds.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Nice trail. I would not rate this as hard though- Maybe moderate at the most. It was pretty busy but I did go on a Sunday morning. The trail was well marked and easy to follow. I’ll be going again!

hiking
4 months ago

A majority of this loop is in the shade and is a good mix of elevation changes. So far, this is my favorite trail in DFW.

hiking
4 months ago

I started coming here for the past few weekends and this is by far one of the best hiking trails in North Texas. The park is very pet friendly and most folks pick up after there dogs.. The trails are for the most part very well maintained.
The best time to see the wildlife is before 9am because after that the park gets pretty busy.
see y’all out there :)

hiking
5 months ago

I love this trail!! Felt safe - upkeep was awesome

hiking
6 months ago

Add difficulty by going in the following order: (1) Escarpment, (2)Fossil Valley, and (3) Cedar Brake. You'll get an excellent hill workout.

hiking
6 months ago

It's a good place to get a workout but there's just too many people, and rude people at that!

hiking
7 months ago

9-11 am hot hike, clean trails, moderate amount of people, good time! Signs easily mark trails. :)

mountain biking
7 months ago

My husband and I went there today for the first time. I know it is labeled as hard but I thought it was more like extreme, well at least for me. I'm still a begginer. Super fun, challenging and beautiful. I highly recommend.

8 months ago

It was poorly maintained, but I have to admit it was awesome and challenging. The signs need some work

hiking
9 months ago

What the absolute F?!? Poorly maintained meaning vegetation in your face everywhere and in some cases you cannot find a trail very poorly marked you will need a Compass or a GPS. You can go to the church which is where the directions will take you and you are allowed to park at the church as long as you Leave by dusk.

9 months ago

Nice trail, good length. I'm not really sure about it being difficult though. I think kids could do the main loop no problem. The address listed on here took me to a church, not the trailhead, so make sure you look up the address elsewhere. Also, it has the full length of all the trails listed, but most of them are closed down due to neglect.

10 months ago

I love a challenge and appreciated the rugged terrain changes for hiking. However, we had no idea where we were. It was poorly marked with no appreciable trail map available at the trails or online. It was extremely confusing. Any suggestions for a trail map would be appreciated.

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