Cedar Ridge Preserve is designated as a nature preserve due to the environmental importance of the area it encompasses.

Why is it a preserve and not a “park”?

Unlike a park, the primary focus of a nature preserve is to maintain and/or restore its natural ecological conditions in order to protect the land and its native plants and wildlife. In general, while preserves may be open to the public for hiking and educational opportunities, they may not offer as wide a variety of recreational opportunities as a typical park. Visitation, activities and amenities within a preserve are limited so as to prevent deterioration of the land. Additionally, nature preserves often do not have paid staff to pick up litter and perform other maintenance tasks, but rather depend on volunteers and donors to assist with the upkeep of the habitat.


Observe the following regulations:


  • Clean up after yourself - All trash must be carried out and disposed of properly.
  • Keep dogs on a leash, which is under the control of a person, at all times.
  • Pick up dog waste and deposit it in a trash can.
  • No bicycles or motorized vehicles
  • Stay on marked trails
  • Please use headphones/earbuds. Audible music/recordings disturb people and animals.
  • Do not disturb plants, wildlife, or any part of the environment.
  • Visit only during posted hours.
  • Camping and fires are prohibited.

Thank you for visiting this page. We look forward to your visit to Cedar Ridge Preserve!

Need more info? View our Frequently Asked Questions page, or contact us at audubondallas.birding@gmail.com