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Activities include camping, sightseeing, nature study, picnicking, hiking, backpacking, day and overnight equestrian use, mountain biking, and interpretive programs. Attractions include scenic drives, two scenic overlooks, and 4 miles of hiking trails connecting with Fort Davis National Historic Site. Stargazing after closed hours on Skyline Drive is allowed; registration required at headquarters - activity fee applies.

We had a great time. Did the Skyline Drive Trail and returned back on the old CCC Trail. Though the initial hike to the summit was steep, a lot of switchbacks helped out. Views are worth it. Weather in October was really mild. Nice camp ground and friendly staff.

Really lovely views and hiking through semi-arid desert. Saw a little snake! Some spots have some decent elevation gain but it levels out pretty quick at the top.

hiking
2 months ago

Very beautiful trail. It was fairly steep but so worth it when you got to the top.

Love this park in west Texas - it's worth the 9 hour drive to enjoy.
Excellent staff and camping spots.
Glampers can stay at the hotel on site.
Trails require stamina, water, snacks, water and your attention. (spots can trick you if you don't pay attention.)

Lots of uphill and very rocky. Views were great!

Started the Skyline Drive trail next to the Interpretive Center. A little over 500' of gain to the top overlook, with fairly easy switchbacks that get you up quickly. Trail was rocky enough that I'd wished for my boots instead of my trail runners, but no big deal. Beautiful views in all directions. Took it all the way to the end and then returned on the CCCC trail which was nice because it was a gentler sloping return. Overall was 5.3 miles and took a little over 3 hours including lots of stops to enjoy the overlooks. Great stuff!

Good hike and some rugged scenery. Pack. a rain jacket for pop up storms.

hiking
4 months ago

This trail is rugged and can be dangeroua when wet. There are some cool ruins still standing along the way. If you leave the park the trail extends onto Fort Davis and that part of the trail is steep.

Good hike, trails in this park are well marked. Put a rain jacket in your pack as storms pop up. This park has some good. hikes when combining trails.

sunrise hike a must, watch out for javelinas.

hiking
6 months ago

From Davis Mountains State Park Campground to CCC Lookout. Connections to Fort Davis Historic Site trail or to the Skyline Drive Trail.
This was a nice morning hike. The trail, originally built by the CCC, rises several hundred feet above Hwy 118 and Limpia Creek, which is several hundred yards to the North. Great vistas to the North and also to the West (i.e., McDonald Observatory). The rise is gradual until the last tenth or so of a mile, which is up fairly steep rock steps. The trail ends at the CCC Lookout, which is also the terminus of the Skyline Drive. After the lookout, we retraced the tenth of a mile and then continued East for approximately .2 miles, where the trail met up with the Old Fort Trail that came up from Ft. Davis National Historic site. This latter trail is impeccably marked and considerably more rugged than the Old CCC Trail. But, it is well worth it, as you climb up and then down through volcanic extrusion rock, and wind your way down through steep boulder fields that at times are barely wide enough for one person. A really interesting hike in and of itself, which added another mile to the 2 miles of the CCC trail. We had shuttled a pickup vehicle to the Fort before starting the hike, for the return trip back to Davis Mountains State Park. Doing the entire hike in reverse from the Fort would a strenuous hike because of the steep, rugged climb necessary to reach the Old CCC Trail.

love it . hard on a hot day

mountain biking
6 months ago

Rode this out full length.
Beautiful panoramas of the mountain area.
Lave flows are striking and "amazingly" large, glad it cooled off here all those years ago.