January 5, 2018
Exploring Dinosaur Valley State Park - Glen Rose, Texas
Dinosaur Valley Sate Park (DVSP), is a great North Texas mountain bike trail with challenging climbs, rock gardens and natural beauty and wildlife.
The trail starts off smooth in meadows of wildflowers and quickly drops to a water crossing of the Paluxy River and promptly begins climbing the awesome limestone cliffs. When you get to the top you can look back and see the river and Texas hill country vistas.
The Cedar Break Loop trail is just under 8 miles. The trail is mostly marked well except at few water crossing locations where either the signs have been washed away, or need to be replaced. Could use a few new ones for the first time rider.
As I made my way up a climb on the outer loop, I was surprised by a rather large Rattlesnake stretched across the trail sunbathing. He was in no hurry and did not find the need to move out of the trail. I snapped some photos, and then tried to step around, but was too scared he would strike at the bike wheels as I would be passing just a few feet away from him. So, I backed up about 20 feet and tossed some bark chunks near him. At first, he would not move then he finally had enough and turned away just a little bit so I could comfortably pass by out of striking distance.
I will come back to visit soon, and perhaps make a weekend trip and stay in the great campgrounds and explore more of the looping trails on the maps. The entry fee was $7, you get a great Texas State Park Trail Map and the park is very well taken care of.
This trail will go on my list of top Texas trails. Hope you can visit and see for yourself why the Dinosaurs picked such a great spot to hang in the North Texas.