I wasn't sure if we'd be able to find dinosaur tracks on our own, but the park's maps were accurate, access was easy and the tracks were easy to spot next to and often in the bed of the cool Paluxy River. The Paluxy runs through the park and the sweet town of Glen Rose in the "Northern Hill Country" of Texas, an hour's drive southwest of Fort Worth.
An interpretive ranger gives regular 'talks and walks' to the tracks. She starts with the story of the dinosaurs and other ancient life, encouraging participants to examine and hold fossils. Kids love hearing about the giant plant-eating Paluxysaurus jonesi, followed by a short walk to the river and the chance to stand in a Paluxysaurus footprint in the limestone riverbank. One footprint will hold about 6 little kids at once.
Check status of the river before you go by calling ahead or clicking the park's website. Tracks may not be visible during rainy periods and river is subject to flooding. In summer, go early in the day to miss the heat or bring a bathing suit and cool off in the river. Bring water shoes for low-water crossing and further exploring.
No food service in the park or close by so bring a cooler with food and drink if you want to spend a leisurely time exploring the site, river and nature trails. There is a shady picnic area with restrooms, jungle gym and swings, otherwise brave the sun stream-side. Campsites are available for a nominal fee. Non-campers will find a range of lodging in nearby Glen Rose.
We saw a red-tail hawk, wren and other birds on one of the nature trails, and a high bank of marine fossils.
This is a park I could visit over and over, for the natural beauty and feeling of connection to the planet.
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.