Cleburne State Park Trail is a 6.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Cleburne, TX that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
This trail is an awesome workout. Just note that it's not marked, but it's pretty easy to figure out.
Not the best for MTB but it was decent. Mostly up and down up and down. Woke up and rode for the 2nd time and became a mummy from the spiderwebs.
My wife and I hiked the perimeter of the park in a counter-clockwise direction taking the Camp Creek Loop, Spillway Hiking Trail Coyote Run Nature Trail, Whispering Meadow Trail and Fossil Ridge Trail. We departed from the parking area just north of the restrooms. The distance was about 5.5 miles and took just over three hours including lunch.
In the direction we traveled, there were several steep decents, which were challenging enough for us to recommend that novice hikers should consider in selecting their route. Most of the trail ran along the fence line, which was offensive at first, but after a few minutes we hardly noticed it, and it came in handy when we encountered unmarked intersections. Ignoring the fence, it gave you the sense of being away from civilaization. With the notable exception of the Western border of the park which runs along a lime quarry and which presented some unsightly views. We anticipated more views of the lake, and perhaps in winter this is the case, but in late summer, we rarely glimpsed the lake, except near the spillway. The elevation change was listed at 150 feet, but the trail goes up and down this change many times, it was a nice workout.
This was September 10th, and the summer was still fairly hot and dry. The campgrounds were mostly empty, which we did not expect. The park makes very good use of a limited space, with the lake, a nice beach with picnic grounds, hiking and mountain biking. We only met one family and a mountain biker on the Saturday we visited, so it was very empty, on a day with tempuratures in the mid-90s. Did not observe much wildlife on the trail, but saw a Road-runner on the park road on the way into the park.
We enjoyed the trail and plan to return to hike the White-tail Hollow trail in the interior next time we visit. We do recommend this trail for hikers looking for an interesting trail that will present a challenge.
nice trails. beautiful scenery. Good trail.