Dinosaur Valley Trail

Somervell County, Texas 76043

Dinosaur Valley Trail

Dinosaur Valley Trail Professional Review and Guide

"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."

More Dinosaur Valley Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"About 60 miles SW of Fort Worth. An easy day hike through the hills above the Paluxy River. Special Attractions: Dinosaur tracks, views. Permit required for camping."

"This 1,523-acre park, a designated National Natural Landmark, was established primarily to protect the abundance of dinosaur tracks exposed in the riverbed of the Paluxy River, a tributary of the Brazos River. The bedrock consists of eastward-dipping limestones, sandstones, and mudstones deposited from 110 to 105 million years ago along the shorelines of an ancient sea. Black-capped Vireo and Golden-cheeked Warbler are monitored annually, and the park staff can provide up-to-date information on the best sites to see these two endangered species. Take care not to disturb them!

Key birds: Wild Turkey, Greater Roadrunner, Canyon Wren, Rufouscrowned Sparrow, and Lesser Goldfinch are present year-round. Common Poorwill, Chuck-will’s-widow, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Black-capped Vireo, Golden-cheeked Warbler, Painted Bunting, and Dickcissel occur in summer. LeConte’s, Fox, and Harris’s Sparrows can usually be found in winter. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, a detailed map, and helpful general information."

Dinosaur Valley Trail Reviews

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
Nearby City
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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