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This area has a plethora of rock formations that form one of the only accessible areas of its kind in the area. It is the premier place within an hour of DFW that climbers can go experience some outdoor rock climbing. Dry weekends can be crowded at times. The area does close during any notable rainfall to preserve the area and reduce erosion.

Short Run: As you leave the parking lot, you quickly come to a lookout area that allows views down into the hollow. To access the hollow from the bottom, utilize the rock steps located just beyond that. Beware, the steps leading down to the climbing area are very steep and should be approached with caution.

Family Friendly: It is located in a state park located within an hour of DFW. Even without climbing equipment, kids will surely enjoy climbing around on the plethora of smaller boulders that litter the hillside.

Gem Type: Rock Formation

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