D.O.R.B.A trail, Cedar Hill State Park
** Please check with DORBA for trail conditions. Click HERE to visit their website. **
I can’t express how much I love riding my bike.
I’m sure it has something to do with my lifelong obsession with horses, and pretending my bike was a horse when I was a child. To tell the truth, sometimes I still do.
And it makes me so happy to see my children also enjoy riding their bikes.
So, when my son asked to go ride the D.O.R.B.A. trail at Cedar Hill State Park for his 13th birthday, I was very proud of him, and excited to get to spend the day at the park!
The Dallas Off Road Bicycling Association built and maintains the trails. The trails are open to everyone, and are free with your state park admission ($7.00/person ages 13 and above). The association has labeled the trails with signs, and has built several bridges. Much of the trail overlooks Joe Pool Lake, making for a very scenic ride.
You can choose from a 3 mile ride, 8 or 12 miles. The trailhead is the same for all 3, so you need to follow the signs along the trail for directions to the longer routes. The trail is labeled moderate, because there are some tight turns, and a pretty steep uphill climb at the beginning. You need to also watch out for tree roots, rocks and native wildlife.
The trail does get busy, especially on weekends. Hikers are also on the trail, going the opposite direction of the riders, so you need to watch out for them.
Don’t be intimidated to let your children try the trails. It’s a great way to get them outside and active. The three mile trail is easy enough for just about any child, although they may need to walk some of the first climb. But that’s okay!
One of the best perks is that the playground and picnic area is right next to the trailhead. Our five year old can’t do the trails yet, he’s still got training wheels, so we played while they rode the trail. They stopped long enough to enjoy lunch with us, and we went down to explore along the lake. Afterwards, we hiked the trail while they rode, passing us several times along the trail.
Our daughter had to clean her bike at the bike wash, even though it wasn’t muddy. Just part of the whole experience, I guess!
My Mommy Tips:
- Call to check trail conditions before going. The trails close during and after any rain to prevent erosion.
- Take water on the trail. My kids love their Camelbaks.
- Helmets are required for all riders.
- Real restrooms are located near the playground.
- Dogs are allowed on the trail, too!
The Dallas Off Road Bicycling Association maintains 32 trails from Glen Rose to Tyler. Visit their website for a list of trails, races and more information to get your family excited about riding bikes and on the trails!
Cedar Hill State Park
1570 FM 1382, Cedar Hill
Click HERE to visit the state park website.
Click HERE to visit the DORBA website.
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