Dinosaur Valley State Park

7.60 Miles
F.M. 205
Glen Rose
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Dinosaur Valley State Park features 7 miles of trails. (Photo by Dave McDonald)
The parks also boasts of some of the best preserved dinosaur tracks in the world. (Photo by Dave McDonald)
Stepping stones for crossing the Paluxy on the east side of the park. (Photo by kcameron)
This is the crossing as viewed from a bluff above the river. (Photo by kcameron)
Low water crossing over Buckeye Creek on the White Trail. (Photo by kcameron)
I suspect this is Buckeye Creek near the headwaters along the White Trail near the eastern boundary of the park. (Photo by kcameron)
The Orange Trail offers nice views of the surrounding countryside. (Photo by kcameron)
The Paluxy River on the west side of the park near the dinosaur tracks is much easier to cross. (Photo by kcameron)
Some of the better tracks I saw (Photo by jmitchell)
Another good one (dry) (Photo by jmitchell)
Some of the vegetation in the river canyons (Photo by jmitchell)
Lots of people can be found around the tracks... so no solitude there. I suspect the trails would be better. (Photo by jmitchell)
Cacti along the Blue Trail (Photo by jmitchell)
Flat road away from the noise (Photo by jmitchell)
Very relaxing scenery (Photo by jmitchell)
This is a view of some dinosaur tracks preserved in the limestone. (Photo by Lone_Star)
This is a well-preserved dinosaur track. (Photo by Lone_Star)
Here are some more dinosaur tracks. (Photo by Lone_Star)
The limestone in this section of the Paluxy River makes a popular, natural swimming spot. (Photo by Lone_Star)
The trail crosses the Paluxy River at a couple of points. The rocks can be slippery when wet. (Photo by Lone_Star)
One part of the trail takes you up to the top of the hill overlooking the Paluxy River. (Photo by Lone_Star)
The summit provides a nice view of the Paluxy River below. (Photo by Lone_Star)
This is another view of the trail. (Photo by Lone_Star)
The limestone bed of this creek creates a natural spillway and fairly clear water since the limestone acts as a filter. (Photo by Lone_Star)
Blue trail heading north, just after crossing the river. (Photo by theperfectstorm)
View of the Paluxy from most of the way up the Yellow Trail. (Photo by theperfectstorm)
Lots and lots of water, we just enjoyed the scenery along the river...but no tracks! (Photo by CraigS)
Log Entries
Must cross the Paluxy River twice. Water was near knee deep first cross.
By Ed Kotapish on 11/24/2018
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 7.60 Miles Duration: N/A

We started out with the weather at a chilly 40F. The first river crossing was in near knee deep water for me (knee deep for my daughter). The hike was a nice walk around and under trees, mostly cedars, with slight ups and downs in elevation. The paths were still quite wet even though there hadn't been any rain for almost a week. Very well marked at trail departures. The second crossing was in ankle deep water near the Tracks 2 site. Things warmed up as we went and it was pleasantly warm with a nice breeze when we finished. This hike may become an annual thing for Thanksgiving.

By Brooke_Lee on 2/22/2016
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
By CraigS on 6/27/2015
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.

By dis466 on 4/9/2015
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
By rodavenport on 10/4/2014
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

By theperfectstorm on 6/20/2013
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!
By Lone_Star on 4/14/2013
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!
By BANDA on 6/11/2012
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 2.00 Miles Duration: N/A

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

By jaewonne on 1/21/2012
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 5.00 Miles Duration: 3 hours
Great trail for beginners, it was for us
By HarleyHikers on 10/10/2010
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.

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