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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.

I would Do this one again but probably in the evening. We went up from the campground about 10am. We hiked it in the winter so the sun was not too hot, we had full sun pretty much the entire hike. If you are doing this one in the morning bring your sun block :)

This little hike is great! My son and I climbed to the top in less than an hour and my husband picked us up at the top. We would like to have completed the old CCC trail which joins this trail at the top but maybe next time. The switch backs have a lot of loose rock but not too steep. We went in the morning and had shade most of the way. The trail head is a little difficult to find you go right at the interpretive center.

Love this park and love this trail. Great for solitude and views of the surrounding Davis Mountains. If hiking in the summer, carry lots of water with you as it does get hot and there is not a lot of shade to be had.

Just had to come back for a second tour, love it.

This was our first hike as a family and had a great time doing it, we had to cut it short because it started raining on us, the lil ones got a good workout out of it, we’ll be coming back later on and trying a different trail since this park has a few to chose from.

Would suggest going counter clockwise if you can for better views. This mapped trail is actually a few different ones. Pretty views of wide open fields. You cross a few roads in this park at the top and have some picnic tables available to you.
Also, this is one of those trails with a lot of little jagged rocks on the path - so booties for your pups is a good idea.

scenic driving
9 months ago

Nice drive in scenic area, somewhat overlooked in West Texas.

Amazing hiking trail.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Short, easy hike.

Friday, January 05, 2018

Short easy trail. We did it combining Montezuma Quail loop. Very well marked, but rocky. Good views.

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Great views and not difficult. Rocky in some places. Would be nice in the spring or fall but hot in the summer; not much shade. Trail is well marked.

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Did this as a loop with the Skyline trail. Great views and not difficult. Rocky in some places. Would be nice in the spring or fall but hot in the summer; not much shade.

Monday, December 18, 2017

We did this hike down after hiking CCC trail up. It seemed more arduous than CCC But that was probably because I was tired. I liked CCC better, I think.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Did this hike in December with a dog on a leash. Weather in the 60s. Cool things to see at the top, including CCC lookout. We hiked back via Skyline.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Seamus O'Toole is correct, this is not the official marked route (at least, not anymore) Anyhow, it's a great trail with fantastic views in all directions. Saw deer, hawks, and many Aoudad.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Super easy trail! The views got better the higher you went. I took my dog and we had fun. Was nice to find some hiking here in the desert!

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.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

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

Thursday, August 24, 2017

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.)

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Lots of uphill and very rocky. Views were great!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

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, 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.

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

Monday, July 24, 2017

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.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

sunrise hike a must, watch out for javelinas.

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

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
Monday, May 15, 2017

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.

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