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Windmill Hill Preserve Trail

MODERATE 64 reviews

Windmill Hill Preserve Trail is a 1.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Cedar Hill, Texas that features beautiful wild flowers 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: 1.6 miles Elevation Gain: 101 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

hiking
muddy
rocky
washed out
1 month ago

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

Decent trail, short and easy. Very muddy when we went.

hiking
6 months ago

Found this one and it’s a great little area. Some trash but for the most part good. Trails are up and down and if you take all of them it’s more like a 3.5 mile or more. Thanks for keeping this one going. Dog friendly, hiking friendly, shade.

hiking
6 months ago

Tried this small preserve as a first back to hiking trail. Trails aren't well marked, lots of crisscrossing, wound up at dead ends several times. Otherwise well maintained trail with ups and downs. Not a lot of people, heard some but never crossed paths with them. Nice short hike, worked up a sweat in 85 degree heat at 0900. Will be back.

8 months ago

nice easy trail for my first hike in years.

hiking
muddy
rocky
8 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

No trail markers but it helps you with your sense of direction. It was a nice moderate work out.

hiking
11 months ago

Great local short trail to hike with our dachshund. A few good inclines.

Sat Jan 05 2019

Great short trails for this part of Texas. Was very quiet when we were there. Some low lying areas so after rain boots would be helpful. Will be coming back.

running
Tue Jul 10 2018

Technical short track with some respectable inclines!

hiking
Sun Apr 22 2018

Beautiful little escape in middle of everything. The Stevie Ray Vaughan bridge is adorable, great prop for photos. it's very beautiful and serene out there.

hiking
Thu Mar 22 2018

Fun maze of trails! Set aside a couple hours at least to see it all.

hiking
Tue Mar 13 2018

Great limestone ledges and cedar trees make this place a great escape from the city in the city. If it wasn’t raining I would of hiked much more of the trail.

Sun Mar 04 2018

Seester time! We camped at Cedar Hill S.P. and all the trails at the park were closed due to the rains last week. We have a book that is called 60 Hikes within 60 miles of DFW and this trail is in our book. We pulled in to park and were the only ones on the trail. Nice wooded trails with rocky ups and downs. It was peaceful once you got away from the road noise. There is a bridge named the Stevie Ray Vaughn bridge. Lots of color coded map trails to guide you. Be sure and snap a photo of the map at the entrance before you start your hike. At some intersections of the trails there are square granite trail markers on the ground that tell you what trails they are. Fun hike...not hard.

hiking
Fri Feb 09 2018

Solid trail for families with kids. Relatively easy paths and some interesting finds if you are looking for them. We found 2 man made (primitive) shelters amidst the brush!

running
Sun Oct 08 2017

Went on a Sunday morning and only a couple other cars in the parking lot, didn't actually see anyone while out there. The Distance noted can easily be made longer or shorter with many options of paths to take. A little trash at the head, but well kept through out. Some parts are close to a busy road but further you go in, it's a really nice wooded area. 95% of the trail is natural, quite rocky and some good inclines! I'll be going back.

Mon Jun 26 2017

Fun place to explore. I really enjoyed the rocky climbs. Looks like it is well-traveled by bikes, but we were the only ones there this evening. Clean trails, well maintained. Really enjoyed it with the family.

mountain biking
Wed Jun 14 2017

This place is a great little getaway for anyone in the area. I thought the trails were really fun to ride, and I definitely want to go back again. The only complaint I have is that some parts of the trail are impossible to anyone biking, so be weary of that. Other than that, the place was absolutely gorgeous and a blast to ride through.

Wed Jan 11 2017

Was in town visiting and was looking some place to get out and enjoy the weather and the scenery. Chose this location and it was great! It's easy to navigate and was a great hike

hiking
Tue Sep 13 2016

If you're looking for a nice quiet hike, this is it. I went on a Sunday morning around 8am and saw only one other hiker. Fairly easy trail with a few ups and downs.

hiking
Sun Mar 13 2016

Very good trails my dogs loved it.

Sat Jul 13 2013

It's an adequate beginner's trail. It's not too large, too steep or too hard. Some of the trails like Pecan, get deep into the woods, which are really beautiful. (If you are on the trail during high noon, I highly recommend you take the trails in the woods, as it will keep you a lot cooler.) The Bluebonnet trail is a good starting off point for a trail run, which then leads you into Eagle, which is mildly steep and full of twists and turns. Can't remember which trail, but have seen more than one cotton-tailed rabbit in Windmill, which is always a cute sight. Watch out for the spiders overhead in the trees and be sure to clear your path. It's a great trail to cut your teeth on if you're starting out with trail running, hiking and/or mountain biking.

mountain biking
Sun Jun 23 2013

Today's temp was 96 and had a low breeze, the trail overall was great took the whole family there due to the fact they need trail practice and the little BMX area helped them learn to handle there bikes better.

hiking
Fri Jun 21 2013

Great trail for beginners. Needs markings or put into a one direction trail.

mountain biking
Mon Apr 22 2013

Small trail with a few spots that are really hard to ride with that said there are some fund spots here. Good ride if you live in the area.

hiking
Thu Aug 25 2011

Not very well marked but has some nice inclines.

hiking
5 days ago

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