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by Laurence Parent (Falcon Guides)
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This is a very scenic trail system near Dallas. We spent most of our day on the white and blue outter loops. There are a couple bluffviews that overlook the valley that are quite striking. The climbs are not too bad, but I highly recommend staying off the trail in the summer unless you are in peak physical condition. We faced temperatures well over 100 degrees and quickly realized that our water supplies were insufficient.
The trails are well marked as you go.
Clearly, the most outstanding trails include at least one river crossing where you encounter dinosaur footprints consisting of several footsteps and individual imprints that are the size of a small dog.
Wildlife consisted of several birds, lots of lizards, and a few deer.
The trailhead is a short drive from Dallas and can easily be made into a round trip day trip.
This place was a great hiking experience. We took our Troop of young boy scouts there for an overnight campout and were suprised by the beauty. We even heard a wolf or 2 at night. The trails will be hard to follow unless you have a trail map so don't forget to get one from the Ranger station before you start your hike.
Took the yellow trail up the hill and came down the other side. Took the green trail north of the park to the boundary and came all the way back down. Awesome trip, kids loved crossing the river at the white trail.
There are several trails at Dinosaur Valley State Park, none of them difficult. We hiked the blue white and yellow trails and had no difficulties. The total length of the hikes was about 10 miles. The trails overlook the Paluxy River providing vistas of central Texas of anywhere from 10 to 40 miles. Because you are near the river, you are never far from the majority of visitors to the park, since most visitors to the park hike in the riverbed to view the dinosaur tracks that the river revealed.
The area was great. The trails were a bit confusing at the start, but once on the trail it was easy to find, and to distinguish one trail from another where they intersected. Was a good experience.
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