Dinosaur Valley offers a number of hiking trails, most of them located in the eastern side of the park. Please visit the website for a map of the park. A trailhead is located near the campground, and that is where we began our hike.
After a short walk of about a third of a mile down the Cedar Brake Trail, we came to the Paluxy River crossing. On our previous hikes, Donna and I have had to either wade the river at this crossing or walk across on stepping stones. This time, this section of the river was dry, so we easily walked across.
|Paluxy River crossing. You can see where the trail leads away from the river.|
After crossing the river, the trail officially becomes the White Trail and follows the river for the short stretch as it begins a gentle climb. After perhaps 50 yards, it turns away from the river, roughly following Denio Creek upstream, which was also dry during our hike.
At Point A on the map, the White Trail junctions and we took the southern arm. The climb at this point is perhaps the steepest of the hike, though it really is not a challenge. The trail more or less doubles back on itself, and in a short while reaches a cliff overlooking the river crossing.
|Nancy and Larry on the White Trail as it climbs away from Denio Creek|
|Dry river crossing as seen from a cliff on the White Trail above the river.|
|Trail marker with map at Point G. Arrows indicate this is the location where the Blue Trail intersects with the White Trail.|
|Nancy and Donna at Buckeye Creek crossing|
|Grotto on Buckeye Creek just off the White Trail|
Back at Point K, we continued following the Yellow Trail to Point E, where we joined once again with the White Trail. At this point, we became a bit confused about trails. We opted to follow the White Trail, which soon descended into Denio Creek. We followed the White Trail the remainder of our hike to the trailhead where we started earlier that morning. We moved upstream a bit to inspect the dinosaur tracks at Track Site #4, then returned to camp.
|My hiking companions following the White Trail along Denio Creek|
We met several people along the trail, including at least 2 groups of mountain bikers.
Since there are so many trails that criss-cross this section of the park, it is easy to put together different hikes of varying lengths. There are also trails that lead off to the north of the park.
All in all, this is a fun place to hike.