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Level: Intermediate
Length: 12 mi (19.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Other
Elevation: +706/ -753 ft
Total: 201 riders

Mountain Biking Cedar Hill State Park At Joe Pool Lake

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#7 of 277 mountain bike trails in Texas
#361 in the world

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.

First added by blakeovard on Jul 18, 2007. Last updated May 31, 2022. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: no
  • Lift service: no
  • Night riding: yes
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: yes
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: yes
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Getting there
Cedar Hill State Park is located 10 miles southwest of Dallas, 4 miles southeast of Grand Prairie, and 3 miles west of Cedar Hill and is accessible via FM 1382. From US Highway 67 exit FM 1382, 2 1/2 miles north on the left. From Interstate 20 exit FM 1382, 4 miles south on the right (on the Joe Pool Reservoir). The park is skirted by FM 1382 and Mansfield Road.
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  • I'llRideYourBike

    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.

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  • SlowMitch

    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.

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  • bobeeno

    Great ride. It flows really well. Just watch out for hikers around corners.

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  • rayray74

    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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  • mischadeva

    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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  • Keith Burt

    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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  • mobenw

    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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  • Docthomas   ✓ supporter

    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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  • NeverSawBigfoot

    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!

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  • luke1645

    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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  • Robert William Paulk

    Loose beginner to intermediate trail. There needs to be some better removal of stumps in the line on trails, I removed one by hand on Snake Eyes that was right in the line but only after my wife hit it and went down hard! I did like the added red loop with some fun down hill stuff.

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  • jworthe

    I have been traveling looking for my ideal trail... ideal meaning biggest smile. Colorado, Wyoming, Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, and Arkansas all have some great trails. But this is my new favorite. The hard pack allows the hardest cornering I've ever experienced. The flow is amazing. There are climbs, but the switchbacks are easy to negotiate. And really the max climb is about 150ft... pretty small really. But just enough to keep things interesting. To me, this trail can be considered easy or expert, depending completely on how fast you ride it.

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  • JHiggs

    Trail is very well maintained and it's obvious a well used trail. Very little technical rock sections but all the turns make it as technical as you want it to be. Switchbacks galore which I'm not sure is a good thing. But well maintained trails are always a great day on the bike and I got a ton of turning practice.

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  • awshuckss

    This trail was pretty fun. Flowy, great scenery, and not technical. There aren't really any rock gardens or technical rocky sections. There are roots, and climbs combined with tight switchbacks. Awesome bridges to huck off of, and some faster downhill parts.

    My favorite thing was it's only one way so I wasn't afraid of a head on collision with anyone.

    If I remember correctly it has a 4mi, 8mi, and 12mi cut outs. Wonderful trail design.

    I did 12 mi. on a 26" rigid single speed converion with canti brakes.

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  • *****

    Great ride lots of switch backs and challenging climbs. Beautiful views. Really fun

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  • jahuddleston

    If you like switchbacks, this is the place you want to ride. I rode the 8 mile loop. I’ve never ridden so many switchbacks, but most are banked because the trail is grooved out which allows to carry some speed into the switchbacks. When it rains, I’m sure it’s like riding a creek. Nothing steep here, just gradual ups and downs. To be honest, after the first 3 miles, it’s just more of the same. They like to name most everything on the trail. I was a little unnerved when I got to Rattlesnake Alley. I hate snakes, but I didn’t see a single one.

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  • *****

    Great experiance for an intermidiate trail! J.8a

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  • outlawracer

    Went to this trail for the first time last week. It was awesome. The trails VERY clearly marked and a blast to ride. This trail offers very good climes accompanied by fast downhill's. I did the 8 mile loop and found it to be a good workout. The trail offers switchbacks, roots, small rock, sand, and awesome views One of the best things about this trail is the lack of people. I spent 3 hours riding and only saw 1 person. If your looking for a very fun and well maintained trail than this is it. Simply a beautiful place to bike,

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  • bigwrecker

    Rode this trail for the first time on 05/30/09. It appeared as though it was going to be pretty fun within the first mile, but from the time you pass the turnoff for the "Short Loop", it is nothing but a neverending assault of midspeed switchbacks and enough tree gates to ensure that you never pick up enough speed to make it interesting. I'm all in favor of switchbacks and gates, but it just got to the point where it was just no fun. I am sure this trail is fun for some people, but my rating is based on the lack of diversity, lack of any technical sections, and the $5 per person park entry fee.

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  • djarvis

    Fast singletrack for the most part with some 4 wheeler roads connecting some of the loops. Two-thirds of the trail is under tree cover and has quite nice scenery. I rode the full 12 mile loop in the morning and opted for the 8 mile in the evening. Very good challenge with some minor technical areas for this beginner in his 40's. I highly recommend this trail to a beginner looking to increase your mtb skills.

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