Cedar Brake Outer Loop Trail

based on 11 tracks & routes #8 hike out of 10 in
1.5 mi
51 min
163 ft
Elev Gain


This is an easy one way trail in Dinosaur Valley State Park. This is a busier state park, but most of the visitors hang out in the river, so the hiking trails generally do not get overcrowded. There are lots of trees along this trail, which provide some nice shade. Be sure to check out the dinosaur prints while you're at the park!

Getting Started

You will definitely want to get to the park early for this hike, as you will want to park in the east parking lot, which is not as big as the west side. There is some overflow parking that helps. The trailhead starts from the parking lot, where you will have a water crossing before getting back to dry land. There are fees for camping and day use. You can find more info at

Taking Children

This trail is great for kiddos, and they would probably have a blast crossing the Paluxy River. Some concerns would be the heat in the summer, poison ivy, and the total length of the hike when you add in getting to this trail and back to the parking lot. Overall 8/10 for children.

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