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Cedar Ridge Preserve
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7171 Mountain Creek Parkway Dallas, TX 75249
Nov.-Mar. = 6:30-6:00. Apr.-Oct. = 6:30-8:30. Closed Mondays.
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Cedar Ridge Preserve is a local park in Dallas County managed by the Dallas Audubon Group. The preserve is 633 acres and is one of the few parks in the metro area with hills and scenic views; elevations reach 755 feet. There are 9 miles of hiking trails, ranging from easy to moderate.
Formerly a small ranch, the property was then preserved in a natural state as the Dallas Nature Center. It became the Cedar Ridge Preserve in 2003. The preserve is one of the last sizable parks in the metro area that includes a diverse mix of native plants, including escarpment prairie which is rare in north Texas. Rare and endangered birds frequent the preserve and a variety of snakes are present.
The hiking trails are all well marked, though some were overgrown by vegetation in places. The park website has a trail map and there were additional maps at the park office. The most rigorous and enjoyable hike is the 2 mile Cedar Brake Trail. It offers a few challenging hills and has some decent views. The easy 1 mile Bluebonnet Trail includes a small observation tower which provides great views of nearby Joe Pool Lake. The ¼ mile Little Bluestem Trail is billed as handicapped accessible but it has sections that would be difficult to negotiate in a wheelchair and with the possible exception of some colorful spring wildflowers, there was little to see. The pond at the end of the Cattail Pond Trail is worth checking out as both wading birds and turtles hang out here. While Cattail Pond Trail is mostly flat, there is a steep section at the end. Cedar Ridge Preserve can be overrun by families with kids and dogs on weekends, but if you are looking for some reasonably good hiking options not far from Dallas, it’s worth the drive.
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9/15/2012 7:31:07 PM
Nice place to take the dogs for a hike. The trails are nicely padded with mulch and shaded by mature trees.
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