Looking for a great trail in Cleburne State Park, Texas? AllTrails has 5 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 3 moderate trails in Cleburne State Park ranging from 2 to 5.5 miles and from 741 to 895 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!


trail running


Cleburne State Park mountain bike trails offer 5.5 miles of beautiful scenery with a variety of challenges for all experience levels. The terrain on the trail is as diverse as the hills. You will experience treacherous downhills, fast smooth flats, and everything in between. The technical and wooded trails form an entire loop that has made this trail one of the favorites for mountain bikers in training or those who enjoy a challenging ride. The trail will test your skills and endurance and is well worth your time! Fishing and boating the clear blue waters of Cedar Lake is a wonderful way to spend the day with your family.

1 month ago

I love this place because it rarely closes to runners/hikers. It’s shaded in most places and there’s spots for my dog to cool off. It’s clean and I feel safe running here.

Great trail, wasn't too crowded, took some detours along the yellow trails to the spillway. Trails were well marked. Will definitely go back.

Fun trail with minor elevation changes around the lake. Minor water runoff after heavy rain made for good fun. Enjoyed the trail.

This is a great loop if you’re training for a trail race or backpacking in elevation. Lots of up & down with some slick, rocky sections. Also a couple great opportunities to get lost in meandering scribbles in the woods that make absolutely no sense and reminded me of a children’s board game. Good times!

I hiked the whole trail on January 26, which amounted to 11.4 miles as recorded by the AllTrails app. The trail is rated as "difficult" on AllTrails, but it's really on difficult because of its length. There are only a few sections with a bit of elevation change, and there aren't any technically difficult areas. The winding part is tricky to follow, so keep an eye on the trail, and ideally follow the AllTrails app if you want to adhere to the trail. Otherwise, you can easily find yourself skipping parts. Part of the winding section can be tricky if there is water flowing in the river, so it might not be possible to follow the trail exactly. If you can't, you can complete the section immediately south of the lake by crossing over the road at the end of the hike, instead of doing it at the beginning. All in all it's a good trail in good condition to get the miles in. It's not as scenic as some others, and not particularly challenging, but definitely worth it if you are in the area.

4 months ago

Great hike just outside of the city. This will certainly be a repeat.

We hiked the entire trail system on 1/13/19 as part of training for a rim to rim Grand Canyon hike in April. We loved the trail as a whole. We were very happy to have some decent hill training so close to Dallas. It’s a little confusing combining all of the zig zaggy shorter loops but for the most part, we loved the experience. It was a perfect 37 degrees when we started. We only encountered a handful of hikers throughout the trail. We will be back and combine some of the shorter trails for increased mileage.

5 months ago

Got lost a few times but never too far. Could use some more trail markers at a few key points.

trail running
10 months ago

Excellent trail running with some challenges to keep me focused on my pacing up and down hills. Beautiful scenery and able to forget the world as I ran.

11 months ago

A surprisingly good trail that I never knew existed. Lots of up and down and rocky terrain. The trail and weather combo made it a very good workout. My wife and I hiked it on 6/24/18 and our total distance on outer loop was about 5.7 miles. Take plenty of water. Its within a State Park so there is an entry fee. All Trails app was exact but trail is really not marked very well with signs but is an obvious trail for most of it. Map at office doesn't show outer loop.

mountain biking
11 months ago

The pink trail(rated easy on the park’s maps) had some portions that were literally impossible to get your bike up/through due to small space between trees, sudden steep uphill areas covered in rocks, trees hanging into path. It was a beautiful ride and I’m sure with a little more upkeep, it could definitely be a 5 star experience

Sunday, May 13, 2018

It’s an okay trail. Credit to the park service for squeezing so many miles into a small space. There are enough ups and downs to feel like exercise, but no steep or sustained climbs. The downside is that there is no particular destination, and no spectacular view as a payoff. If this hike was somewhere else, with more hills, better climate, and great scenery it would be worth more stars. Instead, the rumble of traffic, the constant roar of the neighboring lime kiln, and the abundance of poison ivy makes it feel like suburban DFW. Oh... yeah... well, nice campsite, worth the trip.

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

I love this place

Sunday, April 29, 2018

The outer loop trail is challenging and pretty. There’s a tree canopy providing shade for 90% of it, and a nice breeze throughout. Very little traffic. At the end there is a place to swim that is very inviting. This will be one of those rare Texas trails that I will still walk in August

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Rocky trail with tons of elevation changes. I looped Fossil Ridge to Coyote Run to Spillway Trail. 4.9 miles

Saturday, August 05, 2017

A good cardio hike. Plenty of hills and spots to catch you breath. And some fun trails to bring a bike to. Well worth the trip.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

nice hike. it was a bit overgrown in some areas. the lake is very nice. recommend wearing a hat and hiking boots. the hike may be much nicer in the fall or spring. 5th of July was nice because the park was pretty much empty, but it sure was toasty.

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Nice hiking. some inclines. Hard to rate too high when I've been to more picturesque places. good for local hiking but I like glen rose and Waco better.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Quiet trail. Wildlife, water, great inclines. Pretty spring hike.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

great trail. not as difficult as I had hoped but we enjoyed half a day here. looks like a great place to camp also so we'll definitely be back

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Omg loved this so much. First time there. Will definitely be back!!!!

Monday, September 05, 2016

Very Rocky but lots of nice views along the way. One of the prettier day hikes I've done in Texas. The few miles on the nature trail were my favorite.

trail running
Monday, September 05, 2016

This trail is an awesome workout. Just note that it's not marked, but it's pretty easy to figure out.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Tons of choices from super easy to challenging. The views are amazing. One of my favorites.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Great experience! Went with a group of friends & there was more than enough hiking for us to spend more than a day doing!

mountain biking
Monday, July 13, 2015

Simple riding.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Not a trail for small children at all. No markings on most trails so pay attention. The outer loop is along a fence line and that gives simple bearings. The map at the Park office is large and gives some Topo information. Pleasant people good walk.

mountain biking
Wednesday, June 12, 2013

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.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Starts off sorta slow but gets really fun about 3 miles in and the spillway area is really fun to climb

on Lake Cleburne

Monday, September 12, 2011

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.

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