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Piedmont Ridge Trail

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Piedmont Ridge Trail is a 1.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Dallas, Texas that features a great forest setting 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 but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.3 miles Elevation Gain: 104 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

views

rocky

hiking
8 days ago

Wow!! This trail has some awesome incline for being in the middle of the city. I didn’t see anybody else on the trail and nobody coming towards it until after I finished. Park in the lot across the street from the playground and walk across the field to the tower. There are some beautiful flowers at the top. You can hear cars and DART the whole time, but it’s still worth it for the good workout and those of us who really enjoy plant spotting.

hiking
over grown
24 days ago

Firstly, please follow the advice of other hikers' reviews on where the trail starts. We personally parked at the soccer fields along Jim Miller Rd. and crossed the golf course service road to get to the open field. The covered bench is visible from the road. Parts of the trail, mostly at lower elevations, were a bit concealed by minor overgrowth and leaves. Overall, didn't have too much trouble finding our way. Didn't realize that there was no loop back to the scenic overlook, so we can't speak much to the view. There were some good inclines and declines, but the trail was mostly level. It was a good moderate mini hike for a partially overcast, early May morning.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice little trail. Perfect for att quick nature trip while still in the city. Clean trail. Very short. Beware that you can still hear cars, the noise canceling headphones were a good idea.

hiking
2 months ago

The sound of cars and the Dart was very distracting.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice trail and good break from the city scene. Thanks Madi for the tip on how to find it. To reiterate her tip, park at the Golf Club in Keeton Park. Don’t park by the tennis courts described on the app. With the golf course on your right side, walk towards the tall electric tower, and into the open field. Towards the back of the field you’ll see a covered bench that marks the beginning of the Piedmont trail. The trail has a steady ascent but levels off eventually. To take the loop, go to the left when you get to the point where you see the highway. All in all it’s a nice break and you get a bit of a workout.

hiking
6 months ago

The hike was fine. A nice little incline to start out, then a pretty bench and an overlook. Let me help you find the trailhead! The trailhead does NOT start behind the tennis courts. There is A trailhead behind the tennis courts, but it is not the Piedmont Ridge trailhead. Many of the photos included in this review are from the trail behind the tennis courts at Gateway Park across the street. The Piedmont Ridge trail is clearly marked and starts at Keeton Park. You can see the trailhead if you walk towards the big metal power tower. Hope this helps!

hiking
7 months ago

Nice little trail. Wear noise canceling headphones and you can almost feel like you’re not in the city. Hard to find, but it starts behind the tennis court.

hiking
7 months ago

I enjoyed it. I was the only one there the whole time. Heard lots of wildlife. Also heard traffic, but it's in Dallas, so that's what you get. Tiny bit of trouble finding the entrance, but once I followed where I was on the AllTrails map, I found it. There were occasional views popping through trees, but it was mostly trees.

hiking
7 months ago

Small but okay trail for being close to downtown. Finding it is a bit tricky! Park across the street from the actually gateway park on the gravel parking lot in front of the soccer fields. Park closest to the left field goal because you will have to walk to Techron park. The trail actually starts in Techron park but there doesn’t seem to be any parking there. Once you pass the sign for Techron park, walk towards the large power line tower and the trailhead will be located to the left of it with a large wooden board and a sign for the trail. The views of downtown are minimal and the “outlook” is very small. Does not have a nice incline at the beginning of the trail.

hiking
rocky
8 months ago

hiking
muddy
8 months ago

If it has rained in the past week, the field to cross will require water proof boots. The view from the look out point is best in the fall and winter. I go all year round and love it!

hiking
8 months ago

This is a nice, very shaded trail and close to downtown. My only complaint really is I’m not sure why they don’t have you park on the same side of the street as the trail. There is a parking lot next to the soccer field then you do not have to cross a 6 Lane road. The trail head starts after you cross over a large green field with very large trees. Trail head is clearly marked. FYI if you follow their parking directions then remember to cross the street right away, do not head up the hill on the other trail. Also, it is nicely shaded so can easily be done in August with water

hiking
over grown
Mon May 27 2019

Fall is the best time to hike this trail. My main complaint is that portions of the trail are overgrown and it’s hard to locate the trail itself. The view from the ridge is lovely.

hiking
muddy
Sun Mar 03 2019

Brand new to hiking. This was first trail for younger brother, dog, and I. Closest trail to home. A bit rainy outside so it being muddy was anticipated. Overall good experience.

hiking
Mon Feb 04 2019

A great little heart rate booster nice incline to start... my dog and I loved it but wish it was longer.... great walk through the woods no scenery close to traffic and the Dart train but you can’t see any of it... was unsure were to to start but it’s all behind the tennis court

Mon Oct 29 2018

If you like walking through the woods with no views and no excitement, then this trail is for you

Sun Oct 28 2018

Decent incline, some nice views, but pretty short. More of a walk in the woods than a hike. Very lightly trafficked, which my dog and I enjoyed!

Tue Aug 28 2018

the trail head is labeled to start across a heavily trafficked highway, not sure why they want you walk across a street as your start. I left before I started

Sat Jul 28 2018

This is a very short trail, but there is an incline so it may be hard for young children. The trail is pretty overgrown but you can easily keep track of it. During the summer it's hard to see the dallas skyline where the bench is, but it should be much more visible as the leaves fall! You can hear the cars and the dart train but you can not see them from the trail. The trail head is kind of hidden, it's in the clearing of trees next to the big power line tower. Lots of bugs in the summer so put on bugspray! There are lots of shaded areas but also some clearings so suncreen is a must also.

Sun Apr 22 2018

A quick uphill to the ridge top then an easy flat walk or run to the end. Trail dead ends at a road and is above a set of train tracks and a golf course. A partial and full view of the Dallas skyline are nice rewards.

hiking
Wed Apr 11 2018

Park in the gravel parking lot on the west side of Jim Miller by the soccer field, not the paved one at Gateway Park. This way you don’t have to cross Jim Miller. Go towards the giant metal power tower and past it until you think “this can’t be the way” and then you’ll see the trailhead. Beautiful, tons of butterflies this time of year. It’s a quick trail but worth the time out to see it. Be careful the beginning has a super steep part but after that it’s fine.

hiking
Fri Mar 16 2018

Short enough to hike on my lunch break. Would be much better if a second trail to make it a loop was added through the eastern portion, but that would take a lot of work. The trailhead was kinda hidden from the nearest parking lot and there was broken glass on the trail. Since this trail is right in the middle of the city that can be expected.

hiking
Sat Nov 11 2017

Short trail wedged in between railroad tracks and Jim Miller Road. Traffic is audible the entire track but it was perfect for my two yr old to run around on. 2 nice vistas looking towards downtown. We were a few weeks from the fall colors being out. Around Thanksgiving plan to go back.

hiking
Sun Jul 02 2017

Short stroll through the woods. "Moderate" difficulty might be an exaggeration. Can hear traffic on Jim Miller Road the whole time. Nice greenery and views at points. Doesn't feel like much of an "escape" wedged between the road and golf course.

running
Thu Jun 22 2017

22 Jun 17/4:00pm A mild incline in the beginning, but mostly flat. Very narrow trail. Not used very often I had to navigate a fallen tree. Made it more adventurous. Decent trail to run if you are nearby.

Thu May 04 2017

I like this Trail a lot

hiking
Tue Apr 11 2017

It was a decent trail by Dallas standards, if a bit short. The skyline was nice when you could catch an odd glimpse, but the spring leaves prevented most of that. It's not in the best of areas though.

running
Tue Mar 07 2017

Nice trail to walk or run. I ran it there and back in about 20 minutes. Some glass on the ground at the peak area. The double bench outlook over the golf course is pretty cool!

hiking
Mon Dec 26 2016

Great short trail with nice views and plenty of nature. Moderately steep at the very beginning but levels out for most of the hike. We hiked it with our 2-year-old in a backpack and he even walked for some of it. Don't miss the view with benches in the middle or the skyline view at the end.

hiking
5 days ago

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