Cottonwood Spring Trail is a 3.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Westway Number 6 Colonia, Texas that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, rock climbing, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.
We took this beautiful trail to our right just passing the entrance of the West Cottonwood Trail. We walked up until one intersection of two trails at about 0.7 of a mile, then we continued on the trail to our right climbing the mountain. This trail, that is not shown on the map, goes around the hillside and finishes at the Cottonwood Spring area. It is part of the Franklin Mountain Loop, but instead to continue to the Mundy's Gap, you return by the same hillside trail. Many people use this trail to visit the Cottonwood Spring area. The area is like one oasis with trees, plants, a very small arroyo and a small rocky mountain. We got to the top of this rocky mountain and enjoyed the beautiful view. After having a good time at this area, we returned by the same hillside trail. This is a very nice trail, not difficult to walk, that you can enjoy a lot with your family.
Nice easy trail leading to a small spring on the side of the mountain, The spring is shaded by some cottonwood trees and other small trees.
This trail is located inside the Tom Mays unit of the Franklin Mountains State Park. It is an out-and-back moderated trail alternative to the original Mundy's Gap trail that branches to the spring. It is part of the Franklin Mountains Loop, but instead of going by Mundy's Gap, you return by the same hillside trail, many people use this trail to visit the Cottonwood Spring area. The trail is not shown on the maps because is a relatively new trail. It starts at the same place of the Mundy's Gap, there is also a trailhead named West Cottonwood Trail at this point. You go to your right and in about 0.2 miles you will find the new trail to your left. At about 0.7 of a mile there is an intersection of two trails, take the trail to your right. You will be climbing up by the hillside of the mountain most of the time until you reach the canyon where you will see the Cottonwood Spring. There, you have to go down a little bit and then climb up to the spring. You will find the small spring with a few beautiful cottonwood trees that provide a very nice shadow. This is an ideal place to spend some time with the family because the elevation gain is less than 800 feet and the round trip is about 3 miles. The peak season for this place is in Summer.