Nature Trail

Glen Rose, Texas

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Dinosaur Valley State Park has an excellent trail system that can be enjoyed by both hikers and mountain bikers. The color-coded trail system interlaces the park’s cross timbers (an area where prairie meets woodlands) and prairie habitat, an undulation of oak-studded uplands and sugarberry bottomlands. A sizable elbow of the Paluxy River runs through the park. In fact, this tributary of the Brazos River is responsible for carving through layers of mudstone, sandstone, and limestone, exposing some of the finest dinosaur tracks in the state. The park has provided a glimpse of this ancient past in its interpretive center and an outdoor display of the 45-foot Tyrannosaurus and 70-foot Apatosaurus fiberglass models, originally manufactured for the 1964–65 New York World’s Fair. Pure entertainment!

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"Dinosaur Valley State Park has an excellent trail system that can be enjoyed by both hikers and mountain bikers. The color-coded trail system interlaces the park’s cross timbers (an area where prairie meets woodlands) and prairie habitat, an undulation of oak-studded uplands and sugarberry bottomlands. A sizable elbow of the Paluxy River runs through the park.

In fact, this tributary of the Brazos River is responsible for carving through layers of mudstone, sandstone, and limestone, exposing some of the finest dinosaur tracks in the state. The park has provided a glimpse of this ancient past in its interpretive center and an outdoor display of the 45-foot Tyrannosaurus and 70-foot Apatosaurus fiberglass models, originally manufactured for the 1964–65 New York World’s Fair. Pure entertainment!"

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Glen Rose
Distance: 0.5
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Best in Spring
Local Contacts: Dinosaur Valley State Park
Local Maps: USGS Glen Rose West
Driving Directions: Directions to Nature Trail

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May 2018