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    Dinosaur Valley Trail

    Somervell County, Texas

    Dinosaur Valley Trail

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    "This hike gains a little altitude to offer excellent overlooks of the park, then winds down to the riverbed, where you trek along millionyearold fossilized dinosaur tracks."

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    Dallas, TX
    Pathfinder | 141 pts
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    7/19/2008
    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.
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    N. Richland Hills, TX
    Explorer | 30 pts
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    2/16/2007
    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.
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    Alvarado, TX
    Explorer | 20 pts
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    2/15/2007
    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.
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    Houston, TX
    Explorer | 20 pts
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    3/18/2006
    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.
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    North Richland Hills, TX
    Adventurer | 240 pts
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    8/23/2005
    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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    Plano, TX
    Explorer | 30 pts
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    2/16/2005
    Beautiful place to hike! I spent the night in one of the primitive campsites, which would have been lovely if it weren't for the traffic noise which was pretty loud all night long.
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    Doleway, AL
    Trailblazer | 5056 pts
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    6/21/2003
    This is a great trail for Texas. If you go early in the morning, the view from the back ridge is beautiful. If you take the white trail, you can make your hike a good 8 miles long. Be careful though, signs are not easy to follow.
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    Fort Worth, TX
    Explorer | 20 pts
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    8/1/2002
    My children favor this park due to the fact that dinasaur tracks are involved. Trail was hilly and looped around park - well marked. Park well kept. Lots of splashing available in the Paluxy River to cool off - even had a few "tiny" waterfalls to sit in and let the water surround you. The kids loved that!
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    Grand Prairie, TX
    Explorer | 20 pts
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    11/15/2001
    Taking the long way around actually makes for a decent 6 to 7 mile hike. It is a good trial, for North Texas, because you acutaly make some changes in elevation. Although trails are well marked, it is wise to pick up a map at the front gate since several trails cross each other. We found three lost hikers the last time we were out. Enjoy wading in the river after the hike!
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    Mansfield, TX
    Pathfinder | 70 pts
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    4/5/2000
    I have hiked and backpacked this trail. it is awsome. It is a pretty rough hike. Lots of uphill hiking. Not recommended in the Summer time. To hot. Lots of wildlife and scenery.
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    Trail Information

    Somervell County
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    Trail Guides
    4.31
    Distance
    Loop/Lollipop
    Trail Type
    Moderate to Difficult
    Skill Level
    2 hours
    Duration
    Year-round
    Season
    Dinosaur Valley State Park
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