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Oak Cliff Nature Preserve

Average Rating:    (4 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 7

DORBA has opened a hiking and biking trail on Natural Area Preservation Association (NAPA) land. This is a 119 acre tract of very beautiful terrain located a cross S.Hampton Dr. from Kiest Park. This is public land and will be open to all hikers, joggers, and mountain bikes. The trail rambles through heavy woods, open fields and various elevations. There is currently over 3 miles divided into 6 loops. Loops 2 and 3 will have additional trail added soon. It crosses a creek 6 times, 4 are bridged and 2 are wet water crossings.
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Latitude
32.71420389465439
Longitude
-96.86532855033875
Trail Length
6-8
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Dallas
State/Territory/Province
TX
Zip/Postal Code
75233
Country
US
Web Address
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Review Date
September 16, 2013

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: FirstTimeHike ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Hello to all riders/hikers. I just wanted to share my experience with this trail. I am a student, I live in Oak Cliff, and I'm doing some volunteering at a local library where I was told I could take a group of kids to the trail (about six). So, I decided to check it out first. I wanted to memorize it and get to know the place incase I choose to do the hike with the kids. I went into this trial out of the blue, I was coming out of the library that is that is connected to a school, which literally has an visible way into the trail. I expected a short trail, was wearing everyday clothes, and had no water. To make this story short, because I wanted to get to know the trail, I spend four and a half hour walking trough the main trail and it's inner loops. Time just flew by, I had no watch, or cellphone to check the time. The main outer-edge trail is the best part, it takes you through creek crossings, over fallen trees, down some decent hills, and about two decent displays of art. I've heard there could be snakes, but encounters are pretty rare. I did however, came across to stray dogs near the parking lot. They came out of the trees barking after hearing me come by, but after a staring contest they choose to keep their distance and decided to retreat after I picked up a stick. They headed back to the street. I decided to go home after the main outer trail passed trough an area I had previously passed by when taking an inner loop. It took me the last half hour to get out from where I came from, and was really happy to drink same water after coming driving home.
If your concern about the location of the trail just follow the general rules when leaving your car; hide your things and lock your car.

Recommended Route:
Outer-edge trail.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Kiest Park trail for walking, jugging, running, and cycling. Has soccer fields, recently renovated tennis courts, a baseball field, some basketball courts, and a small recreational center with a gym.



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Review Date
December 15, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: OceanbornOne ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I rode this trail for the first time today. It's a completely different experience from the Horseshoe and Northshore trails I'm used to, but in quite a good way. You spend a good portion of the time in tight trees with some nice turns and a few down-and-up hills. Some of the climbs were quite challenging (at my intermediate-ish skill level). Overall, a very rewarding ride. I'll definitely be going back. I also can't wait to hit it up with the trail back in the original direction. That is sure to equal some nice descents.



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Review Date
May 9, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Moodrid ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I found this trail to be as good as a lot of the people I ride with had told me.Bypasses for the harder stuff(Had my wife with me)and a well trimmed and maintained trail.Has somthing for everyone.Its a little far for me but If I get the chance I will go again.I did not feel uncomfortable at all.The area seemed ok to me.I recommend it highly.



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Review Date
June 5, 2009

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: TxMtnBiker ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I live relatively close to this preserve and get to it at least once a week for an afternoon ride. It offers something for everyone no matter if you are just starting out or an "expert" on technical trails.

Other reviews talk about this being in the ghetto. It is not in the best part of town, however, it is located right next to a large, gated apartment complex and the surrounding area is largely industrial. Advise parking in the most forward lot if you can.

Depending on what your looking for, this trail can be great for a fun afternoon spin or if you need to beat yourself up a bit.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Boulder Park, Joe Pool Lake, Big Cedar



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Review Date
August 3, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: jeffhallman ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I rode this trail for the first time on a Saturday morning in July 2008, after running about 8 miles earlier in the morning. The trail is about 27 miles from where I currently live, so not convenient for me but a buddy of mine wanted to go so we checked it out.

I enjoyed this trail. It is mostly through the woods, and seemed more 'open' than other trails in the Dallas area. There was a noticeable breeze through the woods, which was nice in the 95 degree heat. There is some of everything here - descents, climbs, technical, flats, even some 'platforms' to go over trees. The 'expert' sections are marked and have an 'easy' route around them.

I did all the loops through 'expert' sections, and ended up with about 8 miles total. I finished in about an hour, mostly because of the heat plus running before riding. Because it had been so hot and dry, the trail was sandy around turns and on the hills, so I was getting 'squirrely' when going over 10mph through a turn, and had problems with traction on a couple climbs.

A word of caution - this trail is in the ghetto! I was nervous driving down Illinois Ave with thousands of dollars of mountain bikes on my vehicle. There were about 7 other vehicles in the parking lot, so I felt better after getting there.

I'd go to this trail every weekend if it was closer and not in the ghetto. However, I'd rate it 7 out of 10 because it was a pretty cool trail. I would recommend this trail for anyone who lives close to it, but I probably won't ride this but once or twice a year.

Recommended Route:
All routes - do the 'expert' sections!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Check out http://www.dorba.org



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