Smith Spring Trail

EASY 9 reviews

Smith Spring Trail is a 2.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Carlsbad, TX that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

2.5 miles 414 feet Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Hike to an oasis in the desert.

trail running
12 days ago

Nice short loop that you can make challenging because the first mile is uphill with plenty of rocks. The red and yellow foliage at the creek are beautiful! There's even a little waterfall! Fun trail indeed.

hiking
1 month ago

I would echo the other reviewers. Short and especially scenic at the springs. Also, the ranch house complex at the trailhead is worthwhile.

birding
1 year ago

A great short trail to a beautiful little hidden area with trees and a spring. Great birding around the Frijoles Ranch starting point as well. This is a good spot for lovely fall colors as well.

hiking
1 year ago

Very easy walk to a nice cool spring/pond.

hiking
2 years ago

The spring lies at the halfway point in the loop. It's hard not to see the large patch of green nestled in the mountains while hiking towards it. The spring area really does feel like an oasis in the desert and worth the hike. The Frijole ranch at the trailhead is accessible with a museum in the main house and picnic tables in the yard. A great place for a family outing.

hiking
3 years ago

Awesome short hike. The trail brings you into a beautiful shaded oasis in the desert. The smell of freshly fallen, damp leaves and the sound of streaming water greet you after a short mile or so. I could have sat their all day. I had to turn back as the northern part of the trail that leads to Manzanita spring is washed out. This is a quick fun hike.

hiking
3 years ago

Excellent trail to hike! Relatively short and easy, and it is a loop vs. out and back. Great views into the low land, nipple hill is prominent throughout. Great small creek bed canyon to hike next to and into. We saw mule deer hiding in it. The best part is the Smith Spring near the mountain base. There are the biggest Texas Madrone trees there I've ever seen! Lots of lush green grass, moss, trees with gnarly roots. All shaded, cool, birds chirping. A desert oasis. Felt more like east Texas or hill country. Bathrooms near trailhead at frijole ranch house.

hiking
3 years ago

I was amazed that I was out in desert terrain, and at the spring, it felt like you were in a lush forest: a running stream, large pine trees, and birds chirping all around. What a place!

hiking
4 years ago

This beautiful trail is a very good warm up trail, or if you only have a very limited time. Take your camera, because there are several perfect pic ops along the trail. The views of the valley are awesome. I would rate this higher except it could be longer. A easy to moderate trail with about a 400 ft. rise. With only a few spots, you could run this trail.
There are two things you specially have to see on this trail. The small museum at the beginning of the trail and the Smith's Spring at the mid point. A fine place to have lunch or picnic under the trees. You have enough time to complete this trail and then off to Carlsbad Caverns. Fitbit said this was 2.7