Cedar Hill State Park At Joe Pool Lake

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.13 out of 5
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Intermediate
12.0
miles

Singletrack
↑ 2,300 ft
↓ 2,500 ft
554
elevation (ft)

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Trail Description
About this trail
Cedar Hill State Park is home to the premier North Texas mountain bike trail. The DORBA trail, named for the volunteers of the Dallas Off Road Biking Association, was built by mountain bikers for mountain bikers. Over 1200 acres of prime mountain bike landscape are crisscrossed with 12 miles of intense riding. With three loops, which get progressively longer and tougher, this trail system offers something for all levels of riders. Trails take the riders in and out of dense trees and open valleys most of which is one-way single track. Difficult uphill climbs and fast downhill descents are encountered throughout the ride. The trails are very well maintained by DORBA with signs, bridges, erosion prevention, etc. The tree coverage found throughout the park is a great place to rest after a long climb or unsuspected crash. Be careful when coming around a blind curve.
This trail is closed after rainfall so call 972/291-3900 and press star 2 for trail conditions.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: Are ATVs allowed? -Jeff Barber

A: Definitely not.

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Granny Gear

April 21, 2018
 
Review: If there is a trail in dfw other than the Northshore that is consistently fun throughout the whole trail, it is Cedar Hill State Park. It's not a trail you ride for, "that sick downhill at the end," or whatever. You ride it for the whole thing because there are dozens of berms on every loop, fun downhills, and switchbacks. Very good signage and the trail is very well upkept. Overall, a great trail that is beginner on the flats and intermediate in some of the downhills. Nothing too technical.

Similar Trail: River Legacy is similar on the flats bits, but not anywhere else.

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Trailblazer


April 19, 2018
SlowMitch Trailblazer  
 
Review: Its hard to think of any other way to describe this trail other than this, it's just great fun. Difficulty is maybe a 4 or 5 out of 10, and beginner friendly if you've got the cardio. Terrain is mostly hardpack or loose over hard, lots of roots, but not that many rocks. There is lots of climbing through easy to navigate switchbacks, but the only real hard part about the climbs is just having the stamina. For me, the main attraction of this trail is it's great downhill flow. Its nothing particularly steep or technical, but you can get some great speed going, and Northshore is probably the only other trail in DFW with this much downhill flow. If there's any downside to this place, it might be that the first loop of the trail (3 mile loop) can get crowded with hikers on the weekends, and with the speed this trail has it can be a collision hazard. Admission to the park is 7$ but worth every penny.

Similar Trail: Northshore East

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Granny Gear

October 1, 2016
bobeeno Granny Gear  
 
Review: Great ride. It flows really well. Just watch out for hikers around corners.

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Bunny Hop

September 29, 2015
rayray74 Bunny Hop  
 
Review: This trail is closest in distance to me, so it's probably my most ridden, until the flooding closed it. I think the trail has great flow. One of my favorite sections is Bobsled. A section of bermed turns that really let you practice your cornering. There are also some really fast sections that make you grin, and that's what it's all about.

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Gramcounter

September 4, 2015
mischadeva Gramcounter  
 
Review: Lots of switchbacks, but they're not too tight. I actually gained a lot of confidence doing switchbacks by doing this trail.

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Granny Gear

July 17, 2015
Keith Burt Granny Gear  
 
Review: Great trail just wish the EKG trail was opened. I got about 7 miles in staying le d t and then decided to do most of it again. It was dry and fast. Was kind of worried for my first time because I kept seeing the 911 signs. But no acident today.

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Gramcounter

May 25, 2015
mobenw Gramcounter  
 
Review: Interlinked loops of 12, 8, and 3 mile sections. A few obstacles and a wee bit of climbing, but the main thing here is SWITCHBACKS. Lots and lots of switchbacks. Great to work on cornering going up and down. The fantastic trail stewards and the hard packed soil make the trail a fast blast. Be careful of hikers as you can find yourself hauling ass pretty easy. You'll have to purchase a park pass, but the bike stand and hose to wash off afterward are worth the price, not to mention this remarkably fun and uncrowded trail.

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Gnarly


October 27, 2014
Docthomas Gnarly  
 
Review: Fun, easy trail.
lots of well switchbacks that are well banked allowing for some real speed. fun and pretty trail very well marked with a decent bit of diversity. not very technical but still very enjoyable. will be coming back for sure.

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Gramcounter

October 12, 2014
 
Review: I'm an advanced rider, 47, and ride a self-built 1x9 hard tail 29er. Here are some tips:

-Leave gears 6-27 at home, you won't need them.
-The longer loops are challenging intermediates.
-If you try the longer loops, you need to be in decent shape or you'll be pushing your bike quite a bit.
-There are a lot of prickly pear, mesquite, and honey locust- flats are super common, be prepared.
-Bring the Camelback.

That's it- have fun!

Similar Trail: Some Austin and East Texas trails

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Bunny Hop

October 4, 2014
luke1645 Bunny Hop  
 
Review: Great trail for switchback practice on our clumsy 29er's. A few fast sections, plenty of slow speed sections and nothing technical. The best trail? No. Really close to being very good though. Probably the best maintained trail I've ever ridden and that goes a long ways to enjoying the ride. After the ride you can wash off your bike at the nearby wash station. Totally dug that

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Cedar Hill State Park At Joe Pool Lake MTB Trail 4.13 out of 5 based on 31 ratings. 31 user reviews.
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