Cedar Ridge Preserve

Trail
10.00 Miles
N/A
$3.00
(3.46)25
(2.60)
(2.26)
N/A
No
No
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Dallas
Dallas
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Photos
(Photo by Eveline)
Small lake surrounded by cane. (Photo by Eveline)
I am using Cell, I forgot to bring better camera on this hike. (Photo by CedrHillr)
Lots of varying foliage on this trail. (Photo by Pitmaster)
Zach grabbing a drink along the hike! (Photo by Pitmaster)
A short off-shoot trail brings you to this secluded spot with a view of a valley in the park. (Photo by Pitmaster)
One of several bridges along the trail. (Photo by Pitmaster)
View of a section of trail. (Photo by Pitmaster)
It was quite a workout negotiating the trail covered in ice. Even Zach chose to leave the icy path in favor of the slightly softer surface in the woods. (Photo by Pitmaster)
I expected to see a natural ice sculpture here today, but it was still beautiful encrusted with ice and snow! (Photo by Pitmaster)
It is unusual to see these covered in snow and ice! (Photo by Pitmaster)
Log Entries
By Supersuz76 on 5/21/2016
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: N/A
Pretty Popular in Cedar Hill.
By Brooke_Lee on 2/11/2016
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 4.00 Miles Duration: N/A

I have been going to this park for the past couple of years since I have started my hiking adventures across Texas. It's always a great place to introduce new hikers to our little addiction. But if you are looking for a lone walk in some wooded areas, then this is not the place for you. A lot of people do flock here because you do not have to pay to get in but there is a suggested donation for three dollars to get in. There are some great walks and overlooks that you can see the lake, and Dallas, and a beautiful little creek near Cattail Pond.

PossumHaw Trail
By Pitmaster on 12/11/2013
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 0.90 Mile Duration: 45 minutes

Despite being one of the shortest trails, I find this to be one of the prettiest ones here at the the Dallas Nature Center (recently renamed by the Audobon society). 

I chose this trail today because the recent ice storm was just now thawing out and I wasn't sure of the trail conditions.  While not a long hike, I got quite a workout negotiating the mostly icy trail, yet the beauty of the frozen landscape was spectacualar!

Cedar Brake Trail
By Pitmaster on 12/4/2013
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 2.40 Miles Duration: 50 minutes

I hike this trail a lot as it a perfect length for a weekday workout.  It has varied surfaces, elevations and landscape.  There are no real vistas on this trail, although they have recently added a short side trail with a bench overlooking one of the valleys in the park.  While most of this trail can be hiked after rain, there is one small stretch where the "gum-mud" holds water and permanently adheres to boots and clothing if the area has not sufficently dried.
 

Overall Great hike
By True10 on 8/5/2011
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 10.00 Miles Duration: N/A

Over the past two months I have the entire preserve and some trails twice in reverse. I like the trails especially in this heat wave because there is alot of tree cover but still some great views. The pond was very nice, small but nice. The scenic overlooks were elevated and worth the stop. The trail choices are good if you different lengths and difficulty levels when hiking on a time schedule or health level.

By D.Sirius60 on 12/26/2010
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 4.00 Miles Duration: N/A

Lots of people on Sunday, even though it was muddy and temp. was in the low 40's.  Up and down through the creek bottoms, lots of Cedar (as expected), Audobon Society has added nature trail, butterfly garden, education center, very good for families, due to lack of eco-diversity and wildlife I rate it behind Fort Worth Nature Center. but it is a must do hike in DFW area.

Great hike if not muddy.
By erika_harper13 on 1/18/2010
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 6.00 Miles Duration: N/A
Cattail and Fossil Valley
By ddurante on 12/20/2008
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 3.30 Miles Duration: 2 minutes

This was a nice hike for the morning.  We started out on Cattail Trail and then cut off on Fossil Valley down to the pond.  This was scenic with lots of bridges over dry creek beds and there was some elevation points too, which gets the heart pumping.  We circled around the pound area and walked down a dry creek bed for a bit.  Then back to the fossil trail looping bck to Cattail and to the truck.  It was humid and about 65 deg.  A nice morning hike.

Mulberry/Bluebonnet/North
By CedrHillr on 11/28/2008
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 2.00 Miles Duration: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Took an old trail used to be the north trail but got lost and went down mulberry and bluebonnet and lookout.  Fall colors were great, lots of Red Oak leaves and I really had to stop and admire along the way.  Lots of birds again in area but also some bunnies as it is easier to see the little critters scurrying about w/o some leaves to hide under.  Fall was just beautiful this year here.

Bluebonnet Trail
By CedrHillr on 10/31/2008
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 1.00 Mile Duration: 30 minutes

I had to go check it out after driving by on the way home and noticed more colorful leaves today, however I had to cut the hike short to just Bluebonnet, (taking the kids trick or treating).

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