Pathfinder | 150 pts
This trail gives a surprising feeling of seclusion even though the preserve is right beside quite a bit of residential development. I wouldn't travel a great distance to hike in Cedar Hill, but this trail is definately one of the best in the Dallas area. The preserve is really pretty in the fall and the fall colors are fantastic in Cedar Hill. The Cattail Pond at the end of the trail is also very picturesque. There are some nice ups and downs along the trail to make it a little more interesting, but I wouldn't rate any section as difficult. There are a few overlooks as you ascend and descend, but the views are of the highway and residential communities at a couple of these. I ran into some people out with their families and a few trail runners. Not sure how much traffic it gets on a normal weekend. It would be great for trail running. I also liked the fact that the trail has different loops and detours, all of which are very well marked, so you can extend your hike to well beyond 3.25 miles if you want. It would be nice if they added a couple of primitive campsites for overnights. As a trail that is extremely convenient to Dallas residents and that offers a little bit of wilderness even though it's still within the metroplex, I rate this trail with 5 stars.