Dinosaur Valley State Park in a great day trip for anyone in the Dallas Fort Worth TX area. It’s a nice drive heading down from Dallas on Highway 67. Once you get on the other side of Cleburne you are on the edge of the hill country, and a world away from the hussle of DFW.
The name of the park comes from several dinosaur prints found fossilized on the property. Right past the entry of the park you roll right past 2 massive dinosaur sculptures. The park has a few facilities, and it seems to be very well kept. Plenty of car camping spots, RV hook ups, and back country primitive camping along the trail.
The Park Ranger at the entrance recommended hiking the “White Trail”. So I set off from the parking lot, and within a quarter of a mile I was all alone for hours. I went out on a weekday in early November, and the weather was a perfect 60ish the entire hike. I saw one couple towards the beginning of the trail, and didn’t see another soul for the next 5 miles. I know no one else had been on the “White Trail” in hours because I ran into every spider web. But, that’s the trade off for a little isolation. I’m sure on any weekend that this would not be a problem with increased foot traffic.
The highlights of the hike are definitely the views along the Paluxy River. Especially the views from on top of the cliff looking down on the valley. The trails have pretty thick vegetation so you don’t get many chances to see the wide expanse around you except on a few spots along the trail. But, there are definitely lots of chances to see a wide variety of birds, and I even spotted one deer towards the end of the day.
The primitive camping spots were all very well placed. All of them were spaced out so you would have your own little section to yourself with plenty of tree coverage, and lots of flat areas for good tent placement. I would definitely recommend spot #4 as the best primitive camping spot at Dinosaur Valley State Park. Here is a pic from the camp site. As usual this picture does not justice to how amazing this view is in person.
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80 miles from Dallas, TX
50 miles from Fort Worth, TX
70 miles from Waco, TX