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It was a fun time. Will be back to walk them all

Moderate level hike. Everyone we came across was friendly! The views along the hike gorgeous. We took a break down by the water, at mid way point. Trails are easy to stay on and pathways clear for good footing. Didn’t see any trash or litter. Very nice experience for our rescue dogs and not crowded for furbabies etiquette trail training. The bikers let us know they were coming, which was very nice. Definitely one of nature’s gems trail.

Great trail.. a bit of adventure if you are not on track.. but great experience!

hiking
2 months ago

Most trails were a basic level 3 and covered by trees, however there are a lot of open trails in the sunshine and much warmer. Even though it is near homes there is nature and deer and still fairly quiet. A lot of new trails to take and many bike trails. Its not bad if you just want to get a few miles of basic hiking in early in the day.

Great trail for kids/family of all ages. Lots of chances to do part or all of the trail. Love the boardwalks and the palmettos.

A grouping of several trails that can be scaled up to the full five miles or scaled back to as little as three miles. The centerpiece is the painted bunting trail (have not seen a painted bunting yet), which is 70% meadow to 30% forest. In Spring, the flowers are your main attraction and, if the trail has not been recently mowed, grasshoppers might bounce off of you as you forge ahead. In Winter, the attraction is the unrestrained wind carrying the intoxicating scent of distant fireplaces. You will hike several inclines, but none too high or too rough (just rough enough). You will have to hop-scotch over the rocks; most have been placed by nature at intervals that will favor your feet, but do keep your eyes on the ground as you navigate them. It is true the surroundings are not the most handsome; this is the grizzled Hill Country landscape, after all, and I believe some controlled burns were conducted in the past, giving the place a war-torn appearance in spots. On the other hand, the open view allows you to scan occasionally for feral hogs, whom you might see trotting about. A distant hello is sufficient for these creatures. If you are scaling up, you will detour off the painted bunting trail at the crossroads down inside what I call the 'valley of the souls' (you'll know it when you see it) onto the live oak and river overlook trails. On this detour the view narrows and the rocks get ornery. You can wander off-trail to gaze upon the Guadalupe and wonder who else has been there as the centuries have passed, but do not stop for long, lest you lose the hang of getting through the gauntlet of stone. You will eventually pick up the painted bunting trail again and be hit with the hike's rudest incline. Hit it with all your vigor and it tends to back down. Then you're in open country again (or at the parking lot). Congratulations, it is accomplished.

hiking
3 months ago

The trail offers many switchbacks and brief elevation changes that add up over a hike. Mostly you are in woodland that closes in on you from time to time, producing a tunnel effect that prompts you to go faster. Naturally, this too leaves its mark on your body when you hit the final few miles, if like me, you go in the reverse direction and end up in the sunnier portions at the end. The woods are mostly juniper but a few areas are dominated by handsome oak specimens tucked in along the trail. There are indeed scant lake views, but one can make the most of these by wandering off-trail to commune with the shore and water. On the whole, however, the shorelines present a rather foreboding experience of stone, Hieronymus Bosch cedar formations, and abandoned bric-a-brac of by-gone tourist days. I should mention at this point the many, many forsaken bathrooms and picnic tables one will discover as he or she glides through the forests. I find these charming and humbling; others might find them a nuisance. We might all agree, however, that it is like hiking backwards through time. The trail is often rocky, that is for sure. Many of these formations are flat and smooth. The ones that are not can be navigated with few mishaps provided one maintains Zen lightness. As others have pointed out, you have to cross numerous roads and it takes some looking to see where the trail picks up. Be rest assured, the trail does pick up. Just use your trail-nose. My final observation is that one will see numerous side trails that are not on the trail map as they are not part of the trail officially. But unofficially some of these can lead to notable discoveries, as when yours truly found a dumping ground of partial animal skeletons somewhere off-trail. Not sure what happened there; just grateful not to have been there when the deal went down. .

Superb trails for thinking, as there a few elevation changes, rocks, or other obstacles to divert your concentration. Deep forests, once in a while feral hogs early in the morning, a few snakes, a turtle or two, geese at certain times of the year, squirrels talking trash, hawks, you get the picture. The adjacent property has cattle (who indeed are lowing) and horses, who do find their way onto the trails from time to time. The trails themselves are very well maintained with crushed granite, packed soil, or sand (on the San Marcos river trail). Come off season in December-February and feel the open winter air.

Loved this trail

Nice trail to ride. Love the trail and the views.

Superb scenery some parts of the trail are a challenge. The scenery is worth the effort

Nice 3 mike loop, meadows/wild flowers, tricky rocky areas fun on a good MTB, some uphills, few downhills, easy-moderate.

trail running
3 months ago

It’s a nice trail, too rocky for running. Great for a trail hike! Lots of deer and wild flowers

Trails were clean and fun! Met lots of nice people.

It was ok. I ended up merging with a paved trail along the river to get more distance.

I liked the Cross Hill trail, it had a nice incline and decent views from the top. Once we got down my the pond it smelled a little funny but other than that it was a great hike!! We ended up hiking 5 of the trails today. I’m sure we will be back!!

hiking
4 months ago

Gorgeous scenery and an excellent getaway!

hiking
5 months ago

love it

hiking
5 months ago

There are several trails at this park. We did the outside loop trails that came to about 2.5 miles. Loved the hills and rocky trails. The river was pretty and nice to walk along at the end of our hike.

hiking
5 months ago

Good for exercise, but not great on sights or beauty. Underwhelmed.

hiking
5 months ago

Nice trail, well maintained. Several places have a lot of loose rocks.

hiking
6 months ago

It was a decent trail. There was a lot of trash in some areas. The trail markers need work/updating but all in all it was a good trail. My dog and I enjoyed it.

6 months ago

Easy chill hike. Only downside is there isn't much in terms of change in scenery. Only saw one other person the entire time hiking.

trail running
7 months ago

Super easy trail not sure why it’s marked moderate! 4.90 from parking lot and back. I run this once a week and it’s super easy

hiking
7 months ago

Nice city park trail. We hiked about 1.6 miles starting at Cross Hill which is straight uphill from the parking lot with a great view of the park and town. We then went around Rocky Ravine, down Rough Draw, up Ernie's Incline and Norma's Knoll. This lead us to Canal to Creek back to the main park area. Check out the river when there

walking
7 months ago

Trails not well marked, but a nice walk

hiking
7 months ago

Trails are great, clean (US Army Corps of Engineers). Moderate walk (medium to large rocks, not for bouldering ). Part of the trail is closed to the public (about half of it)... good time guaranteed.

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