Tucked away in a forest along Highway 67 in Dallas, is a gnarly hike and bike trail rated one of the most difficult DORBA trails in the Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) area. Boulder Park is a favorite among avid mountain bikers.
On the northern edge of the Town of Duncanville, you’ll find a patch of forest along Hwy 67 within the City of Dallas. Tucked away in this patch of trees is a gnarly hike and bike trail maintained by local DORBA trail stewards. Rated one of the most difficult DORBA trails in the Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) area, Boulder Park is a favorite among avid mountain bikers.
Twelve miles of twists and turns make up this multi-looped trail network, with two difficulty levels to please all riders. You can barely hear the hum of cars going down the highway and the canopy covering most of the trail keeps you feeling like you’re in another world far from city life. The flat lands surrounding the area give way to a multitude of hills that characterize this challenging off-road biking trail.
What Makes It Great
Locals describe this trail as having intense climbs, tight turns, and rocky outcrops—giving you a sense you’re in a more mountainous region. Upon dropping in from the trailhead, you immediately plunge into dense hardwood forests. Several leg pumping climbs take you to the tops of solitary hills, with rewarding drops back down into the lowlands.
Open prairies dot the trail, giving the tired rider a little solace from the intensity of the twisty ride. For an easier day out, choosing the Blue marked sections will let you bypass the more difficult aspects of the trail. This will cut out about half of the length, making for a quick six mile ride. If you choose to go with the Red trail, you’ll enjoy rocky stumpy obstacles, as well as intense climbs. Several creek crossings appear throughout the ride, adding difficulty to the rocky path in front of you.
Who is Going to Love It
Frequent riders of the DORBA trail system will find this at the top of their list for difficult rides. Though not as long as other trails in the area, the sheer amount of climbs and drops will surely test your physical stamina. Beginners should use caution when attempting the Boulder Park Trail, but by using the easier Blue route, they should be able to succeed at completing the circuit. With several loops making up the entirety of the trail, there are several spots to bail out and head back to the trailhead or extend their ride a bit more. This provides the rider with options on how long they’d like to ride.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
From Dallas, head south on I35E out of town until reaching the split off for Hwy 67. Take Hwy 67 towards Duncanville, and use the Red Bird Lane exit. Head west on Red Bird Lane until turning south onto Pastor Bailey Drive. There is a parking area located on this street, and if it is full it’s common for people to park on the side of the street. Parking is free to use. Bring plenty of water, and always wear a helmet!