Oak Cliff Nature Preserve

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AVERAGE RATING
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3.94 out of 5
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Intermediate
8.0
miles

Singletrack
↑ 800 ft
↓ 800 ft
543
elevation (ft)

Loop
Trail Description
About this trail
A very well maintained and well marked trail (although it does take some getting used to). There are six loops broken up by number/color. The trail is super fast with switchbacks, some technical sections, drops, climbs, and a few bridge and water crossings. There is eight miles of trail and a free ride area in loop 4 (red) that has several significant jumps (gaps and tabletops) and a wall ride.
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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: what loop has all the signs and art -Guest

A: The white loop does. It is right after the Blue loop entrance. You can get there straight from the parking lot in a about 7 minutes.

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Reviews (18)
 

Granny Gear

June 27, 2019
 
Review: Closed June 27

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Gramcounter

March 27, 2019
 
Review: The trail itself is beautiful but it is easily one of the worst Marked Trails I've ever ridden. There are many many lefts and rights with no indicator of what trail you're on or if you're on a main Loop. Not my cup of tea

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Trailblazer

March 21, 2019
 
Review: Here is a video review of OCNP https://youtu.be/pyhjOcVEvEk

Similar Trail: boulder park

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Gnarly


September 18, 2018
FredCook Gnarly  
 
Review: SlowMitch's review pretty much nails it. A lot of riding in a confined area, yet you feel alone. On my last ride here, the trails were tacky, so I followed tire tracks through the sections that lack signage as SlowMitch mentioned. Doing so kept me on track when checking my mapping on TrailForks. Certainly a technically intermediate trail, but those less confident would probably only need to hop off a couple of times mainly due to tricky rock and root climbs. Either momentum, or a really low granny gear, are your friends. Oh, and there's "Whiskey" something drop/crossing (forget it's full name). My line of choice for it was down the right side. Speaking of riding here whit it's tacky... that means the roots are wet! And there are enough of them to make you pay attention. Slick as ice.

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Gramcounter


June 19, 2018
SlowMitch Gramcounter  
 
Review: A solid intermediate trail that's high on the fun factor. Like a lot of Dallas trails, you get a lot of trail crammed into a small area. The other reviewers aren't exaggerating that this trail can be confusing; there are random times when the trail paths seem to cross with no signage, a sign at the beginning that seems to point you in a circle back to the trailhead, and a few dead ends here and there, but there's an interactive map on the trail's website that can show you where you are with a smartphone, and Strava is quite useful on this trail. After a few rides it makes more sense. This trail is about half loose rocks and half loose dirt. The loops have a nice flow and several small punchy climbs, and almost every climb has roots incorporated into it. Thankfully, with this trail there is an even balance between work and reward, If you're in good shape you'll rarely have to get off your bike. The red loop has a freeride section incorporated into it, and the orange loop has a sick creek crossing that will make you get off and think about your line. Overall difficulty of this trail (compared to other DFW trails) is probably a 6 out of 10. It has plenty for the advanced rider to like without being too intimidating those with less experience. Make sure you clean out your car out of anything valuable before you get there.

Similar Trail: Northshore East, Boulder Park

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Granny Gear

January 28, 2017
 
Review: For DFW this trail is pretty nice. Make sure to ride CCW or you won't see any signage and will get lost. If you get lost keep riding until you see the White trail and turn right. Stay on it and you will eventually make it to an unmarked mess of signs in the trees. Hang a left there and you will find the exit.

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Gramcounter

May 26, 2016
fbnmejia Gramcounter  
 
Review: Not a good trail for a beginner or someone who isn't familiar with the trail.

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Bunny Hop


September 21, 2015
bsimons Bunny Hop  
 
Review: When you pull up the first thing you notice is that this is in a sktchy area. The new park sign with numerous bullet holes doesn't lend to a sense of comfort and safety. Lock everything up and make sure it's all out of sight. Aside from that, it was 8 miles of well marked trails. Take a picture of the trail map on the sign. It's one big loop of a main trail with loops that exit and return all the way, The toughest part of the trail are the very short but steep climbs in the creek beds. EVERYTHING has roots at the top of a climb. This is one of those trails that you just have to manage your momentum. It makes it so much easier. It's a great quick evening ride. Aside from the apparent safety issue, it's a great little in town option.

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Gramcounter

April 5, 2015
Hyrum1959 Gramcounter  
 
Review: Really nice set of trails. Very compact eight miles. Not marked well at all. They could use some YOU ARE HERE signs, but I got lucky and rode with a local named Drew. He set a good pace, and made the ride enjoyable. There are some tough little climbs, but the track is not overly technical. I'd definitely ride it again, but not without a local.

Similar Trail: Shawnee Mission Park

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Gnarly

December 22, 2014
 
Review: This trail system in the Southern part of Dallas is getting into the best terrain we have to offer. From here and further South, is where we have our only hilly terrain. It is taken advantage of here for sure with the tight, wooded runs being fairly fast. Again, not saying they're fast compared to Rocky Mountain trails or other mountainous areas, but for Dallas, they're fairly fast. Also, a bit more technical with multiple creek crossings, rocky hill climbs and descents. Add in the random roots to maneuver and if you're not paying attention, you're walking up some climbs that you might normally make...maybe walking down a few descents as well on your first few times until you scope out a good line or two. Again, not for the beginner, but a nice, tight intermediate trail system here that is about 10 minutes from downtown Dallas. Some complain about the neighborhood...it's not that bad. It's in an older industrial area and yes, there are things that go on here, but you want trails in urban areas, right? I'm fine here. But then again, I love Oak Cliff.

Similar Trail: Boulder Creek, Some of Big Cedar

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