Escarpment, Fossil Valley, Cedar Brake Loop

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Escarpment, Fossil Valley, Cedar Brake Loop is a 3.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Duncanville, Texas that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 3.8 miles Elevation Gain: 492 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly


nature trips


bird watching





wild flowers



Closed on Mondays! Trail steward is constantly maintaining and expanding the area. Rain makes most of the lower trails a muddy mess and can possibly close them.

2 days ago

great views

21 days ago

One of the best trails I’ve come across in the metroplex—inclines on hikes are hard to come by and this place fits the bill! It’s great cause it’s all hikers and no need to dodge mountain bikes. Trails are well maintained and marked. Definitely worth coming back! Beware that there are a lot of dog owners and some have better control of their canines than others; saw 2 fights break out where the dogs locked their bites into each other to the terror of their humans. As others have mentioned, the parking fills up on an nice day—so you may have to drive around till somebody leaves.

1 month ago

Well maintained natural earth and wood chip trail. Most parts of the trail are well shaded. Plenty up and down to experience elevation. It is heavily trafficked so getting there early is recommended to avoid looking for parking spot. Some benches along the trail are scribbled, a byproduct of heavy traffic.

4 months ago

Lots of hills, but nice. lot of traffic, but it was Saturday.

5 months ago

Well maintained! Great for training. Lots of inclines. There are quite alot of people that use this park, but overall very enjoyable!

6 months ago

7 months ago

This is the best local place to hike. Lots of trail options

10 months ago

It is beautiful,we loved it!

11 months ago

Well maintained set of trails. Will be back to run sometime.

Mon Sep 17 2018

Great starter trial if you want to explore taking it up as an add in or trail running!

Mon Sep 10 2018

Sun Sep 09 2018

don't miss this one. great hike.

Sat Jul 21 2018

Heavily traveled trails. Lots of people blasting music. Having said that, it’s nice hiking with elevation gains and losses throughout. It’s the hilliest part of the DFW metroplex.

Tue Jul 10 2018

Nice trails, but heavy traffic.

Mon Jul 02 2018

Very nice scenery! Kids loved it!!!

Sat Jun 09 2018

Hard, steep (had to carry bike a few times) & poisonous snake habitat.

Sun Jun 03 2018

Good trail in Dallas. Not too difficult and heavily trafficked.

Mon May 14 2018

I echo much of what has been said. My biggest concern was that many of the dogs I saw were overheated and not doing well. Too many people didn’t have enough water for themselves or their pets. Dogs don’t sweat under their fur so they can’t cool down like humans. If your taking your dog pay attention to their needs and be prepared to help cool them off.

Sat Mar 03 2018

I came at 6:45am on a 60 degree Saturday morning and hiked the Cattail Pond/Fossil Valley/Cedar Brake trails, & tho it was totally packed at 9am when I left, there weren't many people at all on the trails for most of my hike. Really lovely scenery and trails - nothing compared to, like, the Wichita Mountains, but for so close to Dallas it's great, I'll be back a lot. Cattail Pond is a terrific place to be just after sunrise :-)

Sat Jan 27 2018

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!

Sat Jan 06 2018

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!

Fri Jan 05 2018

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

Tue Dec 12 2017

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.

Sun Dec 10 2017

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

Sat Nov 25 2017

Moderate trail with some hills.

Wed Nov 22 2017

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.

Tue Nov 14 2017

Sun Nov 05 2017

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!

Fri Oct 13 2017

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.

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