Prayer Mountain, Dallas
How can you not love a place named “Prayer Mountain”?
Especially with a view like this!!
Located in Dallas, (That’s right, Dallas, didn’t you know there was a mountain in Dallas?) on Mountain Creek Parkway at Eagle Ford.
We just stumbled on it by accident.
Well, not really accident. We found it because I’m…. well, let’s just say I’m curious. While driving along, I saw a road heading up a hill, with open gates for a church at the top of the hill. And I just had to have a look!
And what an amazing look you get at the top!
Know Before You Go
Bring plenty of water.
The trails are closed until 1pm on Sundays for church.
Okay, this is a crummy picture, but it’s the best of the crummy pictures I took. Blame the photographer and not the photo. Trust me when I tell you that the view is amazing! They say it’s the highest point in Dallas County.
Winding through the cedar and juniper trees are trails for mountain biking and hiking on the over 100 acres of the mountain. Some are easy, some medium, and a few are much more treacherous and difficult. We are anxious to return one afternoon for the Sunset Trail, along the west side of the mountain!
D.O.R.B.A. (Dallas Off Road Biking Association) maintains the trails, and some of the “additions” are kinda crazy! Look for it on their website as Big Cedar.
The trails are open 7 days a week, from dawn to dusk. Access to the mountain is free, but if you visit, consider making a donation for work on the trails. If you are riding, you must have a signed waiver.
After spending a morning exploring the trails, we had a picnic lunch at some picnic tables near the trailhead. There is a fire pit, grill and even restrooms. Camping is allowed with permission.
It’s a wonderful place for kids to go exploring, finding caterpillars, snail shells and all things …….kids!
Although Joe Pool Lake is just a few minutes away, there is also a small, stocked lake for catch and release only fishing. I love this picture, and the little butterfly I captured fluttering away on the top, left hand side.
The property is owned by Mountain Creek Church, a non-denominational Christian Church. They have services on Sunday morning and Wednesday evening. It’s a scenic location for weddings in their chapel or outside in their gazebo, near the overlook. Visitors of all faiths are invited to enjoy their beautiful prayer grounds, also.
Texas History Trivia
If the name of the road, Eagle Ford, sounds familiar, it’s because no matter where you live in Texas you have probably heard the term Eagle Ford Shale. Probably the news. Probably in a discussion about oil. You might think that they named the road from this 90 million year old sedimentary rock formation, but you would be wrong. The shale was first sighted in this West Dallas neighborhood of Eagle Ford, along the Cedar Hill escarpment. Want to understand Texas Geology more? I found this informative rendering on Wikipedia.
For a similar, interactive 3D example, visit the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) in Fort Worth.
across from 7532 Saddleridge Trail, Dallas
Click HERE to visit the DORBA website.
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