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Cedar Ridge Preserve
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7171 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, Texas 75249 (972-709-7784)
HOURS: November 1 - March 31, 6:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. April 1 - Oct. 31, 6:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Closed Mondays

CRP Trail Map
CRP Trail Profiles

CRP and Audubon Dallas would like to thank Tom Ludwig, at One Map Place, for his generous assistance in creating our new trail map. With his help we are able display our trail system on its topographic profile to the benefit of all of our hikers.

Audubon Dallas and Friends of Cedar Ridge Preserve also thank 2014 Noyce Award winner Bret Schubauer for his tireless volunteer service to our Preserve.

View Observations from Biodiversity of Cedar Ridge Preserve!

Master Naturalist and long-time CRP volunteer Jim Varnum offers a 2-hour hands-on workshop comprising two sessions:

How to Lead a Public Nature Walk
In most cases leading a public nature walk is easy. Be friendly, greet the attendees, tell them how long it will be (1 hour max is best) and start out. Folks don't want to learn a lot, just the basic trees, wildflowers, poison ivy, etc. Write down unanswered questions & follow up. Then thank everyone and head for the house. Oh, and practice ahead of time. Jim also covers how to handle other situations like chatterers, laggards, complainers, etc. (30 minutes)

How to Sort Out Wildflower Parts

If you have a Texas Wildflower book or two and knowledge of the basic parts of plants (roots, stems, leaves and flowers) you can identify most wildflowers. Jim takes you on a walk to study leaves and flowers of common wildflowers. And learn the basic terminology. (90 minutes)

Wear long pants and close-toe shoes. Bring water and sun and insect protection. Contact Jim Varnum at or (214) 543-2055 with questions. RSVP not required but appreciated to Jim. Workshop approved AT for Master Naturalists.

CRP Committee Meetings – Second Fridays, 6:30 PM
Conservation in Action Workdays - Third Saturdays, September through May, 9-Noon; June through August, 8-11 AM
Words in the Woods - Poetry, Storytelling and Song - Second Thursdays, 7 PM at the Outdoor Stage or in the Education Center in inclement weather.

Choose to be a Cardinal, Eastern Bluebird, Painted Bunting, Black-capped Vireo or Rare Bird!

You'll be glad you did!


Third Saturday of each Month
September through May - 9:00-Noon
June, July, August - 8:00-11:00 AM

Habitat Restoration and Trail Maintenance at Cedar Ridge Preserve is on the Third Saturday of every month throughout the year, rain or shine. Volunteers remove non-native plants, restore trails, and work in the butterfly garden. Repairing trails reduces erosion trouble spots and removing non-native plants clears crowded trail edges. We provide snacks, water, pruning shears, shovels, and work gloves. All you need to bring is sun screen and bug repellent. Questions? Contact

Our new sign donated by Paul Stringer, of Hightech Signs, 972-257-1100.

7171 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, Texas 75249 (972-709-7784)

November 1 - March 3
1 - 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. April 1 - October 31 - 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Closed Mondays

At an elevation of 755 feet, Cedar Ridge Preserve (formerly the Dallas Nature Center) is a slice of the hill country just 20 minutes from downtown Dallas. Cedar Ridge Preserve is a natural habitat of 600 acres featuring about 9 miles of trails, native trees, grasses and wildflowers, butterfly gardens, limited picnic areas and wild mammals, birds, insects and reptiles. CRP has been managed by Audubon Dallas since April 2003 by charter from the Dallas County Park & Open Space Program and the City of Dallas. To view the General Rules and Regulations from the Dallas County Park and Open Space Program, click here.

Please be aware that wheeled vehicles of ALL types, including bicycles, are prohibited on the trails. NOTE: CRP cannot accommodate large groups because there are not a lot of seating, tables, or other picnic equipment.

For questions about educational programming, scheduling a visit by a school group, or planning a Scout project, call 972-709-7784.

Want to help CRP and recycle at the same time?
Save your old printer cartridges, and give them to Robert Rinker at CRP or at a Program Meeting.
They will be recycled, and the money will benefit CRP!

By donating your time and energy you'll be doing your part in maintaining and improving The Preserve and its outstanding trails.

Come lend a hand at our
Conservation In Action Workdays.

Please make a donation of $3.00 or more each time you visit. You will find the donation box at the entrance near the Education Building. We appreciate your support!

What is the best dressed hiker at Cedar Ridge Preserve
(or anywhere else) wearing?

A Cedar Ridge Preserve T-shirt, of course!

To get your T-shirts, come to our Conservation In Action
or to Audubon Dallas Program Meetings at The Point at CC Young Retirement Center near the
northern tip of White Rock Lake.

Our shirts are only $15 (but if you'd like to slip in a little more,
every bit helps).

You will be proud of the role you play in supporting CRP
by promoting The Preserve by wearing our logo!