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Cedar Hill State Park

Average Rating:    (4.17 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 65

Loop of three concentric trails, well-maintained by the park and DORBA. Tight, twisting singletrack, mostly under treecover, with average to long climbs and descents. Mostly dry hardpack with roots and some rocks. These trails are susceptible to rain and erosion, so if there's even a sprinkle, closure is likely. Calling the park in advance to check trail conditions is recommended.
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Latitude
32.61740012775747
Longitude
-96.98593139648438
Trail Directions
Situated more or less between Dallas and Fort Worth, Cedar Hill State Park flanks Joe Pool Lake, and is easily accessible off I20. Just look for the sign naming the park/lake and head South a mile or two, and you're there.
Trail Length
About 2.5, 7 and 10 miles,
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Cedar Hill
State/Territory/Province
Texas
Zip/Postal Code
75104
Country
United States
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Review Date
June 5, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Blaze Shack ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Video of trail below:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQSuSAZBvLk

Cedar Hill State Park is a really fun trail. This trail is not very technical or difficult, but it is a lot of fun. The climbs are relatively short compared to the climbs at something like Big Cedar. And the downhill sections are relatively shorter as well. However, they have done a good job creating good flow through the hills. Not a whole lot of narrow trees or hair pin turns, but some.

There are 3 loops roughly 12 miles combined.

3 miles

8 miles

12 miles

The 3 miles trail has the best terrain of the entire trail. Sometimes we go out and lap the 3 mile trail a few times, and not even ride the longer ones. The entire trail is fun, and definitely worth riding.

Bike: 2011 Specialized Stumpjumper 29er

Recommended Route:
Ride the entire 12 miles if you have never been before to see what you like best. Lots of people just lap the 3 mile trail.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Big Cedar
Boulder Park



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Review Date
August 20, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Art ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I used to ride this trail 3-4 times per month up through 2004. For a couple reasons, we stopped riding at that time, and have just recently started again.

This trail is a lot of fun. Skill level required is, at most, intermediate. But, if you are a beginner, youll be fine if you just take it easy. I've heard it called a 'freeway' due to its rather smooth trail. There are some tricky roots, often spanning a short space between trees, and sometimes there are some off-camber roots at the apex of some of the switchbacks. But it is, for the most part, smooth and fast. But the thing that can make this trail challenging is riding it fast when it's dry and loose. And, in TX in the summer, that's nearly all the time!

I was surprised to find that in the interim while I've been away, there have been HUGE changes to the trail. All the straight, steep (though short) climbs have been rerouted into longer, less steep switchback climbs. In fact, ALL the "tough" sections have been eliminated. One entire section, a couple miles in length, is gone completely! However, i suspect this has been done to reduce erosion, which always was a big problem at CHSP. When the rains come to TX, they come hard! And so, I'm stating this more as an observation than anything else. In actual fact, they've added more new trail than they've taken away, since the new big loop is twelve miles, where it was ten before.

Our ( the wife and I) first time back was two days ago...we rode one twelve mile loop just before dark. Today, we went back and rode it again, all three loops this time. Just to give you an idea about what to expect...I'm an intermediate rider, 46 years old, 230 lbs geared up. I rode the twelve mile loop in an hour and thirteen, at about 90 percent effort. This was on a 105 degree day, though, so im sure i can beat that easily in cooler weather.

Anyway, this trail is well worth the trip unless you're totally into extreme adrenaline riding. We enjoyed it enough that we'll probably continue to go back once a week or so. While it wont, IMO, do much to improve your riding skills, its a great aerobic workout! Two big loops is good for 24 miles and at least two+ hours of riding for all but the fastest of riders.

Recommended Route:
I20 to beltline road exit. Go south on beltline about five miles, and CHSP is on the right. It costs $5 per person to enter, or you can get a year-long pass for $60 that will let anyone in you vehicle into the park for free! This pass is good at all the state parks in TX.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Northshore, Cleburne state Park



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Review Date
August 15, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: TrailSteward ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This is one of the oldest (and best) trails in the DORBA system. It has recently been shadowed by it's big brother to the East "Big Cedar", but still merits kudos for being a very well maintained trail with lots of traditional cross country features and climbs. Probably classified as intermediate (maybe low intermediate if you take it slow); this trail offers good distance,top of the line maintainence, great trailhead facilities, and is legendary in the area for introducing riders to that "next step" in their skills development. Certainly a must rider for those new to the area and those lookiing for serious cardio workouts.

Recommended Route:
The trail has three interlocking loops. I would recommend you ride each seperately at least once to familiarize yourself with the layout. After that, riding the long 12 mile loop is the only way to go :) .

Other recommended trails in the same area:
River Legacy (Beginner - Low Intermediate)
Big Cedar (Beginner - High Intermediate - Seperate Down Hill and Trials)
Boulder - low intermediate to intermediate (more fun per linear foot than almost any other trail in the area)



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Review Date
December 21, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Todd Artigue ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Road the 12 mile trail today and loved it. The trail rides fast being so dry and watch the bobsled trail took a good spill but if I don't eat at least ounce I'm not pushing it hard enough. This is a great trail and well maintained. Thanks to the peeps working hard to keep the trail looking great.



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Review Date
September 23, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: TXTony ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
If you are used to riding trails like Johnson Branch or Dinosaur Valley this trail is not very challenging. However if your up for good aerobic workout it fits the bill. There are a lot of switchbacks, some swooping little downhill parts where you can build up some speed..the climbs are the same, up and switchbacks and then leveling out, there are no parts that found to technical such as roots or rocks but I did ride it on an all mountain bike which may have helped with the roots and such..overall I dig the trail and it is a pleasant option to have when you do not want a over all technical trail but somewhere to go and get your XC on..it fits that bill perfect

Recommended Route:
Do the entire trail..its a good workout and get an overall fell for the hard work that the Dorba folks put into this trail.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Dinosaur Valley is one my favorite rides around the DFW area.



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