Explore the most popular forest trails near Dallas with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Easy hike and pretty views. Very quiet and not many people around. Only problem is none of the trails were marked and they all intersected with eachother. Very easy to get lost and walk in circles. Nice and close to downtown Dallas!

Very fun hike, had decent shade for most of the time. Had more wildlife than I had expected.

Amazing run I was sore for a week

One of my friends came over and we decided To take a walk through the reserve because my apartment complex is surrounded by it. Needless to say we got lost we spent six hours of walking on the trail and could not find her way out. We called 911 and they send a police helicopter not pick us up but to use The spot light to guide us out. We all met at a fence on the backside of my apartment complex by officers who were very very helpful. I don’t think my friend or myself will be walking in the reserve again ever.

Not really a hiking trail. There are no trail markers of any kind and most of what is shown on the App is an outside line of a sports field. There was a lot of trash as well.

Great biking trail.

Amazing trails! Do watch out as there a significant amount of poison ivy on the fossil valley portion

hiking
25 days ago

Bike friendly. If hiking, be sure to go in the opposite direction because trail is narrow & bikers have city manners. Decent trail for inner city hiking. Easy to moderate

Loved the trail! Great hills and rocks with flat open areas too. Most of the wood bridges and cross overs spots are in need of repair. It hasn’t been well maintained but the trees and location are nice.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice, easy trail that is quite enjoyable.

This is definitely not a hard trail at all. High side of easy / low side of moderate at best. A good hike especially when combined with adjacent trails.

Kristen and I walked this at 6 pm. Great sunset colors. Trees around the river were as tall as any trees in dallas. No one was on the trail or in the parking lot. After the train trestle the trail had been flooded and we had to turn back.
I liked the feeling of being remote even though we were in the city.

This was fun. We cut through about halfway to leave due to daylight hours. I wouldn’t rate it as hard the 11 yo and 7 yo did it easily but fun for sure

trail running
1 month ago

Yellow and Orange Trails easy to follow and track to. Northern and eastern sides of Preserve are tangled with cut throughs and bypasses making it difficult to stay on the main trail.

Trails are all very well maintained. Very, very little trash along the trail; looks like it was recently cleaned up.

DORBA sign has the trails marked as closed, so there were no cyclists today, along with absolutely zero people. Surprised more aren’t out there taking advantage of today’s cool weather.

Everything’s green right now, and with the latest rain the creeks are flowing enough to produce some nice sounding waterfalls.

Great trail!

Tied with Cedar Brake for my favorite trail in Texas so far. Challenging trail with good elevation. If your children cannot clear 2 ft. obstacles it's probably best to skip this one.

A nice respite from the busy city life. Crowded on the weekends.

Oh gosh was I happy for the GPS map! So many cut throughs look like parts of the trail that we ended up back at the parking lot before I decided to use the map.

Over all a nice path for the kids to run down without too much worry.

Great trails! I took my boys aged 12-18. Trails were adventurous for the boys and the rocky terrain was good enough to wear out our dog. We will do it again. I will be back with my bike. Definitely worth the trip. We loved it was right by the church at the top of the hill. Some of the hills could challenge those not in shape. Lots of cactus and rocks to remind you that your in Texas.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail for beginners!

hiking
2 months ago

I can’t wait to bring my bike next time I visit. Great for an inner city hike but this place is for the bikes.

I camped here as a Boy Scout more than 25 years ago and hiking here recently brought me back to the hidden gem right in the middle of a major city. I swear I could hear a wind chime in the thickest part near the creek, that was surreal. I’m looking forward to biking this trail soon. I also make a walking stick at each hike I take and leave it at the trailhead for the next hiker. Let me know if you find/use one of them and please leave it there for the next hiker!

This place was great! Explored a lot of the trails but still had more to go after 2.5hrs of hiking. Saw few people and a few bikers but were on our own the majority of the time. Even lost the sounds of the city for awhile.

Crowded. 8, 6, and 4 yo’s had no problems with this easy trail.

Love, love, love this trail! Great views, great trails from easy to hard and very relaxing! I try to go every week to get away from the real world!

Very pretty, very hard to navigate.

I don't know why it says no dogs, but I took my dog on a run/hike here and it was awesome! It was a little muddy because of recent rain, but I loved it. It was surprisingly quiet too, considering there's a gun range close to here. I'm not sure if the range was closed today so that's why we didn't hear anything, or what. We were the only ones on the trail for a while. passed another runner and one other person pulled up as we were leaving. I like how secluded it is, too. thanks for the great find!

Can we bring dogs there

hiking
3 months ago

Come out in late March through most of April to see the bluebonnet blooms. The trail also features a lookout tower where you can get a nice view of the surrounding area.

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