Explore the most popular wildlife 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.

Nice area and hike. I am new to hiking but in good shape, and Im so mad I just discovered this place...

trail running
9 days ago

This is my favorite place (so far) in NTX to trail run! So many challenging elevation changes, the air smells like cedar, it’s scenic, and I love encountering other runners on the trail. Bring real supportive trail running shoes!, even if you’re hiking, this loop is not for the faint of heart. Great bird watching & place to get your heart rate elevated.

Love this place ❤️

mountain biking
21 days ago

Trail is well ridden and easy to access. Its pretty dry this time of year so the trail was dusty, but fast. My eight year old rode a few miles on the trail and had a blast but made the comment that it wasn't very challenging because it lacked elevation change.The trail is a nice alternative to more technical or scenic trail systems for locals, but I wouldn't make it a destination stop. Really its more of a convenience.

mountain biking
1 month ago

excellent trails, can be very crowded. the easiest of the 3 lines is probably still a bit difficult for a first time rider. great area and scenery.

trail running
2 months ago

Awesome place, pretty crowdedon weekends.

Beautiful cedar trail with birds and vistas.

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
2 months ago

Slightly experienced people would definitely call this an easy-moderate difficulty trail. The cedar brake trail specifically is the longest of a series of small trails in the cedar nature preserve. The loop itself is 1.9 miles with the access trail adding about 0.4 miles to the total hike. The cedar brake loop branches off to a less-than-spectacular lookout area about 3/4 of the way through. The main trails have quite a bit of traffic but it thins out farther into the cedar brake trail.

hiking
3 months ago

good trail for our location. definitely will get your heart pumping as there are a couple of decent ascents/ descents.

hiking
3 months ago

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.

hiking
3 months ago

Definitely the best trail in the area! This trail has multiple trails on it that were easy to navigate and included beautiful scenery. Lots of incline that kicked my butt. We went on the weekend and there were a lot of people. The only thing I didn’t like was we almost stepped on a rattlesnake, but that’s nature for you! There were many signs warning to watch for snakes. Other than being traumatized by my encounter with the devils serpent (lol) I will definitely go back! AND IT WAS CLEAN!!! Very little trash laying around.

I'm not sure why cottontail is hard and this is moderate, but they are both great. Lots of steep elevation so wear good supportive shoes.

Enjoyed the views - a nice, short hike to get away from the city.

Good hike.. enjoyed it

Beautiful, mostly paved trail. If you go all the way to Bob Eden and back it’s about 5 miles.

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!

Nice for a afternoon light walk. Went in early February so not much to see. Though it’s in nature there is a lot of evidence of human activity. Platform trails, bridges, built up and framed gravel trails with benches spread through out the center.

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

I would rate this as moderate, not difficult, as someone who hikes often. But I think for this area, which is pretty flat, it could be considered difficult. Though this loop is only about 2 miles, there are a lot of trails off of it that can easily make your hike as long as you like. Some pretty views, the trails are very clean and well marked. I would go again if I was in the area.

hiking
5 months ago

To me, this the best trail in Dallas - Ft. Worth. Challenging and quite surprising if you've never been here. I started coming here back in the 90s web it was the little-known Dallas Nature Center. It's still as naturally beautiful as ever, but these days, there are a LOT of folks out here on any decent weather weekend, so solitude is a thing of the past. If you have a schedule that allows, or a day off, come on a weekday.

hiking
6 months ago

excellent trail for being in the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex. a lot of steep inclines and drops make this trail and it's sister trail cattail pond worth doing. I actually do both trails together. You will not be bored. my work has me off for extended periods and when I am off I walk this daily. When you combine the two my exersise app shows it is 4 miles and total climbing elevation if you combine all the up and downs is 826 steep climbing ft

Great trail

hiking
6 months ago

App says 250ft elevation change—thing is you do that over and over! More up and down then I expected but was a Blast! Much respect to the folks that were running this trail!!

trail running
6 months ago

More of a biking trail than anything. There was a couple of guys parked at the trailhead just sitting in their trucks. Not sure what they were doing there just hanging out at 4PM on a Friday afternoon in late December but they didn’t give any trouble and were gone by the time I got back. A lot of switchbacks and twists on this trail with bridges and obstacles meant clearly for biking. Still fun to trail run it but loop after loop gets old when you’re running. Is pretty trashy but clear enough to not be too bothered by it. Not a single person out on the trail when I went out. Trail was a bit soggy even though it hasn’t rained recently. I would give four stars for biking, three for trail running.

Great DORBA trail. Very well maintained and marked. Beautiful creek view for most of the blue trail.

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