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User: Brooke_Lee - 2/22/2016  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 6.50 Miles Duration: N/A

When it comes to getting wet, and crossing rivers this was perfect for my hiking group and I. We got to cross the Pulxey and found our way to the 45 foot tall waterfall. Since the lack of rain the waterfall wasn't too impressive - but the trek across the river was awesome. We loved the solitude throughout the whole park, not a single other hiker around. The only real complaint I have about the park is how they mark their trail. We tried hiking the dark blue trail, and got lost several times due to the markings on the trees not really giving too much direction. But this is a place we will be traveling to again in the future!

Dinosaur Valley SP
User: CraigS - 6/27/2015  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 4.00 Miles Duration: N/A

The water was high, not much to see in the way of "Dinosaurs", but we did enjoy the hiking.

User: dis466 - 4/9/2015  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 2.20 Miles Duration: N/A

Trails are mostly easy to follow but not blazed..easy to get off of a trail and find yourself on another. Lots of nice views and flora.

A favorite of mine
User: rodavenport - 10/4/2014  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 15.00 Miles Duration: N/A

I really enjoy Dinosaur Valley. It is very active along the river and on the campground side of the river but once you get over on the backside of the park you pretty much have it to yourself. The occasional hiker or bike rider is about all you see

User: theperfectstorm - 6/20/2013  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 2.00 Miles Duration: N/A
Short hump up the blue trail and the yellow trail. Rain last night left the trail a little soft, but easily traversed.
A Really Cool Place!
User: Lone_Star - 4/14/2013  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 5.80 Miles Duration: 2 hours, 51 minutes

I hiked the trails of Dinosaur Valley State Park as a part of a group.  This group also hiked Cleburne State Park the preceding day (you can find my log of that trail here).

Hiking the trails of Dinosaur Valley State Park is interesting because there are several places where you can find dinosaur tracks preserved in the limestone (the dinosaurs were the original hikers, lol!).  The trails take you across the scenic Paluxy River, up to the top of a large hill adjacent to the river, and around different areas of the park.  This is a great place for families to take their kids as there is a lot to see and learn.  Kids love playing in the clear waters of the river.

Since some members of the group were tired and/or injured from the previous day's hike, we didn't hike all of the trails as we had to cut the route short.  This left plenty of daylight, so I departed from the group to hike the trails of nearby Meridian State Park (you can read my log of that hike here).

Lots of trails here, and DINOSAURS!
User: BANDA - 6/11/2012  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 2.00 Miles Duration: N/A

Very interesting park, with lots of trails and informational signs and exhibits.

User: jaewonne - 1/21/2012  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 5.00 Miles Duration: 3 hours
Great trail for beginners, it was for us
User: HarleyHikers - 10/10/2010  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 2.20 Miles Duration: 2 hours

We hiked there sunday afternoon.  Beautiful day.  The park had a troop of boyscouts there, but we only saw them near the parking area.  No camping was available, they were full, but we travelled there on our hogs to hike it anyway.

If it has been raining, you may be unable to cross into the area of the trails, or more importantly, cross back out to your car.

Look forward to going back, Next time we'll reserve a campsite.

User: LunaSkye - 6/12/2010  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: N/A
User: jeepy_girl - 3/28/2010  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 6.00 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 30 minutes

Nice hike, saw only a few people on the trails, more by the river. The river was running pretty high, so crossing the river was a bit tricky, but still doable if you didn't mind getting your feet a bit wet. There were a few unblazed trails that we got turned around on, but nothing major. Otherwise a very nice hike and definitely worth the drive from Dallas. Will be going again.

User: pendragon0650 - 12/19/2009  [View Log Page]
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Distance: N/A Duration: N/A
Great trails, dogs allowed
User: maastrichtian - 6/10/2009  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 2.00 Miles Duration: N/A

I hike (and camp) this park about once a year, and I just wanted to add to this listing that dogs are definitely allowed.  I'm realizing that the "No Dogs" on this site are meaningless.  not sure why it says this, but it's very misleading, my 3 dogs love these trails and every now and then we can crash into the river to cool off.  The campgrounds and tracks areas are very crowded but one hike I saw no one back on the trails, and another maybe 2 other people.  Great surprise, close to Dallas.

Decent Hike
User: rodavenport - 5/24/2009  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 8.25 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 30 minutes

A lot of activity in the park and along the river. Once you get across the river there is not much activity except for a few backpack campers and hikers. Even though  I prefer badlands and rough country hiking I enjoyed this one. I did take a stroll along the main river to check out the Dino tracks. There were plenty of them to see.

User: TXLimey - 3/21/2009  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: 2 hours, 30 minutes
Started on the White Trail at the west end of the park and, took the lower Blue trail at intersection B. Took a wrong turn and headed off trail at the Yellow Trail intersection (up the steep hill). Finished taking the blue trail to track site 2, then down green trail a little ways. http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publications/pwdpubs/media/park_maps/pwd_mp_p4503_094r.pdf
Nice hike on a cool Saturday morning.
User: RockWing - 11/17/2008  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 7.50 Miles Duration: 4 hours, 15 minutes
Blue Trail
User: swatmama67 - 10/12/2008  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: N/A Duration: 2 hours, 30 minutes

This was our second trip to this park for hiking.  We took the Blue Trail starting on the west side of the park, caught the short trip up to the scenic overlook (I think this was a Yellow trail), then followed the white trail at Denio Creek a short distance to the trailhead.  I'm not sure how far this is, I can't find it marked anywhere on the map.  When we were there in May we had to cross the river in knee deep water but this time the river was low so we walked across dry rocks. 

We stopped for a quick picnic at the overlook.  The hike up to the overlook was kind of steep, but not treacherous by any means.  My kids are 5 and 10, and none of us had any trouble.  It was worth the extra time to go to the overlook- it was really pretty.  We also stopped one other time to let the kids play in the river.

We saw maybe 3 other families on the trail and there were a fair number of families playing in the river.

Blue Trail and Yellow Trail to scenic overlook
User: CedrHillr - 10/10/2008  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 1.70 Miles Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

I started in early afternoon on a Friday on a clear, sunny day.  There was small crowds around river, playing and looking for the dino footprints but I didn't see anyone on the trails.  Started on Blue trail to yellow trail to scenic overlook.  This was challenging but doable for a middle age, not in great shape guy like myself.  I could see for miles,(with help of binoculars), up to Chalk mountain where I could make out the cars going up it on Hwy 67, over to the long necks poking their heads up, (even a red T-Rex was visable). To the east I could see the tops of the nuclear plant.  I went back to blue trail and followed it further past wildcat hollow,  There was some (impressive for north Texas), canyon walls along here and found a small trail leading to a crossing on the river.  I couldn't resist soaking my feet in the cool running waters.  very popular park, but now know why.

User: allenshank - 8/2/2008  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 4.50 Miles Duration: 4 minutes

We started with the white trail and finished with a wide loop of the green and blue trails.  We saw almost no one until the second river crossing when we ran into a couple hundred people playing in and around the river.  There was lots of great scenery from pristine dinosaur footprints to some pretty great views from the top of the green trail overlooking the valley.  The trail was not too difficult, but it hit 105 degrees, so it became much more difficult than it normally would have been. 

I will definitely do this hike again when it is a little cooler. 

It was Memorial Day weekend
User: Joefirefighter - 5/24/2008  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 3.80 Miles Duration: 3 hours

I took my son on his first backpacking trip to Dinosaur Valley and we hiked portions of the white, Denio Creek, yellow and blue trails. 

The trail starts by fording the Paluxey river, which runs a little over knee deep on an adult.  My son worried about crossing it again if it rained overnight.

Just before arriving at the campsite, I slipped while trying to cross Denio Creek and spent the rest of the time w/ wet hiking boots.  Fortunately, I had my amphibious shoes to run around in. 

We camped at primitive site #2 next to Denio creek.  The creek had an approximately three foot deep swimming hole right next to our camp site which my son spent most of the afternoon splashing around in.  We did leave the swimming hole when a gaggle of kids came up the trail and jumped in the pool and proceeded to pull rocks and logs off the bottom of the pool, stirring up sediment and completely clouding the water. 

We looked for the scenic overlook at the end of the blue trail, but failed to find it. 

It rained that night, and the tent I had bought for moving into backpacking and out of car camping failed to keep us dry. 

The next day we met my wife and daughters and spent the day visiting dinosaur tracks, eating a picnic and playing in the Paluxey river.

LOVE IT
User: mdn1402 - 5/17/2008  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 5.00 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 30 minutes

We started out on the blue trail and ended on the white trail.  I loved every second of it. We even saw some mountain goats up on the trail and tons of Cardinals. I will be going back to try other trails.

dinosaur footprints
User: caspalding66 - 3/29/2008  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 5.00 Miles Duration: 2 hours, 30 minutes
Dinosaur footprints and great terrain
Denio Creek
User: CedrHillr - 2/9/2008  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 2.50 Miles Duration: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Middle of week.  Only saw two people the whole trek.  Started at parking lot at Cedar Break trail.  Crossing river was challenging, which was running pretty swift,  Got my feet wet on that one, while trying to stay on the stepping stones, the hill was steep to get to blue ridge trail some good views along the way but so much at end where there was suppose to be a scenic view, not complaining though.  Then went over yellow trail to Denio creek,  a few little waterfalls, towering cliffs closer to paluxy.  Nice trails.  Want to go do another scenic spot on yellow trail?  But haven't yet looks like good views from up there.  Nice park but crowded on weekends.

Fun hike with small children.
User: mac75028 - 1/21/2008  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 2.00 Miles Duration: 2 hours

The kids had a grat time and they learned a few things as well.  You can achieve some pretty good solitude by getting away from the "tourist" spots.

White Trail
User: trailbound - 11/10/2007  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 4.00 Miles Duration: 2 hours
Nice place to hike. The white trail offers the most solitude. Lots of nice views of the Paluxy. There's always someone (families, usually) playing near the river, but after you get into the outer boundaries, it's good solitude.
Hiked Blue Trail finished with White Trail
User: jmitchell - 9/2/2007  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 4.00 Miles Duration: 2 hours

Lots of very noisy people in the river area (a circus) and lots of trash everywhere. I took off on the Blue trail for some solitude. For the most part I had it for myself. Towards the end I ran into several groups of hikers (family types), several of them lost and searching for a way back (blue/white connection point). I also took a wrong path, ended up trying to bushwack back to the right place, was denied and ended up back-tracking to the correct (not marked very well) trail. I had to wade knee deep water to cross the river so be prepared for some wet river crossings. Was pretty enjoyable anyway, but I would suggest a non-holiday weekday if you want some solitude.

Note: The gift shop always has some pretty inexpensive footprint castings for arouund $20-$30.

Pleasant on a Warm Winter Weekday
User: dropo59tx - 12/12/2006  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 5.00 Miles Duration: N/A
Pleasant on a Warm Winter Weekday
User: dropo59tx - 12/12/2006  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 5.00 Miles Duration: 3 minutes
Nice easy hikes!
User: mikevandusen - 10/1/2006  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 7.00 Miles Duration: N/A
I have hiked all the trails here. Makes for a nice easy walk...and the fossilized prints are cool as well. Learned a very valuable lesson as a younger a hiker on these trails many years ago that hiking in the back country and micro-dots do not mix!! Got lost for about 6 hours on a very warm summer day.
Great River Views
User: jjnipp769 - 9/9/2006  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 2.00 Miles Duration: N/A
Hiked with small children, who did very well on it. Some nice views of the Paluxy River, as well as some interesting rock formations. Wading in the riveralso great fun.
Great place to go
User: jmitchell - 6/10/2006  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 2.00 Miles Duration: N/A
Did not hike any but looked very interesting. I will make it back there soon for a days worth of hiking (combining with other hikes in the area) Fossi; tracks were definately cool to see. I would suspect you could get very wet on hikes here so be prepared for water crossings.
Another great hike!
User: MikeFornal - 5/26/2006  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 4.00 Miles Duration: N/A
I'm quickly becoming a walking advertisement for this place. Another fantastic hike, a week after my last one; though the water everywhere was already noticably lower. Only saw one other group of people the entire time (on a Friday morning/afternoon). The neatest part had to have been when we were walking on the orange trail we saw a wild turkey. It was walking within a couple feet or so of us back and forth, acting crazy as hell. Very, very entertaining.
Fun hike!
User: MikeFornal - 5/20/2006  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 5.50 Miles Duration: N/A
This was pretty fun! It's definitely not a place you'll want to go if solitutde is what you're looking for. However, we went off the trails and followed along in the main streams instead. It was great - soaking wet, but great. That was a nice way to find solitude in a busy park, too!
Good trails and good scenery
User: kcameron - 3/29/2006  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 6.00 Miles Duration: N/A
We combined the White, Orange, and Green trails for an enjoyable hike. Crossing the river on the east side of the park was a bit troublesome. It probably would have been better to simply wade than use the slippery stepping stones, many of which were submerged. The trails don't always match the official park map, but that posed no problem. At major trail junctions, there are "You are here" maps that clearly indicate current location. Although we did not encounter another sole on our hike until we emerged at the tracks on the west side of the park, we could hear cars throughout much of the hike. This is definitely a park we will return to, though.
Beautiful, somewhat hilly hike
User: lordjustice - 10/14/2005  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 5.00 Miles Duration: N/A
I love this site! There are many criscrossing trails which allow you to make your hike as long or short as you want. There are plenty of gentle ups and downs that provide a steady, (but not grueling) workout. The scenery is amazing, with scenic overlooks of the Paluxy River just off the trails. This is a fairly hilly area and has many rocky outcrops which can be good for climbing or exploring. Some of the trails near the river are noisy with children playing, but the trails on the east side of the park are very serene. I enjoyed my hike, and will return to this location often.
Great hike during a hot month
User: Gunner - 10/5/2005  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 5.50 Miles Duration: N/A
This was a very enjoyable weekend retreat, but the month of August is no time to go to Dinosaur Valley State Park to hike and camp in a tent.
User: dfwgeek - 4/2/2005  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: N/A
Great family park
User: shoequeen69 - 4/2/2005  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 0.50 Mile Duration: N/A
Beautiful park.
Beautiful scenery, lovely sounds, and solitude
User: DeionTuck - 4/12/2004  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 5.00 Miles Duration: N/A
This park has several different hiking trails that traverse back and forth over the river. The trails are marked via colors, so you know where you are. There was only two other groups on the trails during the Sunday we traveled, saw one of them twice. The terrain is not too rugged and has several gentle slopes to get to the higher elevations. (Or like us "shortcuts" trails to go straight up this was a harder hike but with 5 kids ranging 6-12 perfect for getting the energy out of them!) If you wanted to go swimming it also has several swimming holes there will be several other families enjoying the cool water as well. Great location to study geology, history, and dinosaurs. We discussed how the earth has changed comparing today to when dinosaurs lived here.
Great scenery and elevation changes
User: seanp - 6/17/2003  [View Log Page]
Rating: N/A Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 4.00 Miles Duration: N/A
This is a great system of trails. A large majority of them start out from a single trailhead, and interweave to give you plenty of hiking options. If it''s been raining the beginning of the hike could be trouble - we''ve been here once before when the water in the river would have been over our shoulders! This time it was below our knees. There are stepping stones, but they are slick - it was easier to wade. The initial hill climb is one of the few challenges, but the view at each bend is worth it!
User: Eveline - 10/14/2000  [View Log Page]
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 6.80 Miles Duration: N/A
User: yeiyel - 10/1/1999  [View Log Page]
Rating: N/A Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 6.00 Miles Duration: N/A
It was a cool,drizzly, cloudy morning. Went exploring along the Paluxy River, looked at really cool dinosaur tracks, and enjoyed the beautiful countryside. I would definately like to go bake on a more favorable day.
User: Eveline - 9/23/1995  [View Log Page]
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Distance: 6.20 Miles Duration: N/A
Did as part of a volksmarch. They had a pickup to take us across the river crossing because it had been raining and the river was way up.