Explore the most popular Kid Friendly trails in Franklin Mountains State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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rocky
2 days ago

Very easy at the beginning, pretty flat. There were poppy flowers in some places. There isn’t shade and it is a bit of a long walk so make sure you’re prepared with plenty of water. When you get closer to the mines the trail is not as easy to find and gets steep. We ended up passing the entrance and only saw the metal grate...

Easy trail but a good workout with the hills. Saw people of all ages and a lot of dogs. Very nicely kept, the whole thing is paved with rest areas at the top.

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rocky
5 days ago

My family and I hiked it today. Took an hour at our pace. Not too many people. This is the main access to the longer biking trails so be alert for bikers on the descent. Fun hike for us. Ascent leaves your blood pumping at the end. Good time for us.

Fun easy trail.

Short trail. Not my favorite in the park.

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10 days ago

Nice, windy day for a leisurely hike.

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rocky
13 days ago

Good trail, gets a little steeper and slippery rocks at the end.

awesome sights. kind of hard getting past some loose rock clkse to the caves entrance.

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15 days ago

Awesome hike !! Wasn’t easy but once on top well worth it !

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rocky
16 days ago

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rocky
17 days ago

Did it this past Sunday. Walked about 1 hour before it started going up. Last past of trail going towards mine is a bit sketchy to navigate but well worth it. My 13 year daughter made up to the top.

what a great place! the hike was great, staff is very helpful.

Not too difficult, path well indicated, nothing special to see, not much trafics. Toilet available at trailhead.

Fun for beginners and with little ones. Good exercise, a stretch of the legs.

on Aztec Cave Trail

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19 days ago

great hike but for me it was hard

Busy trail on a Saturday. Everyone was friendly and courteous. Lots of military hiking with mobility packs. walking the ridge lines avoids the many mountain bikes. Lots of gorgeous flowers today. Recommendation is to hike to the mines on one foot path and take a separate path back. Allow three hours.

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rocky
22 days ago

Good solid trail. Directions can be slightly confusing on which is the most direct way to the mines, but AT map is really helpful. Trail that goes directly to the mines from the one level down is hidden/disguised as it's a bif rock step.
Great for first timers as there are multiple and easy side trails and the last leg is great for those who don't mind a bit of a challenge.
Also a great beginning hike for dogs - make sure they have plenty of water!

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rocky
24 days ago

I did not enjoy this trail. It was steep and basically walking on a rock bed. You spent your entire time face don making sure you wouldn’t twist an ankle. We also hiked part of Mindy’s Gap which we enjoyed and took the Agave Trail back down. Significantly better.

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28 days ago

awesome time hiking with my son

well worth the climb. would recommend hiking boots as lots of loose rocks on trail.

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rocky
1 month ago

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rocky
1 month ago

Easy to follow many little trials that branch out off the main trail. Pretty and nice place for meditation

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rocky
1 month ago

As my first real trail I’ve hiked in about 4 years, it wasn’t too terrible. It was very rocky and was pretty steep once you got to the top which was fun.

Super small but took my 4yr old and 2 yr old and they loved it! Great trail for just getting them outside and enjoying nature.

Well marked trail with some elevation. Went with my daughter, 12 year old granddaughter, and her dog. They completed the trail with no problem. Make sure you take some water - no brainer, but be safe - even on short trails.

Family friendly hike.

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rocky
2 months ago

Moderate level. It was my first time hiking and I’m a bit out of shape so this trail was not easy for me. There were benches and some big rocks to stop and rest along the way. The last part of the trail getting to the cave was steep and rocky. Coming down was also scary because of the loose rocks. But it’s worth the views from the cave. I would recommend a walking stick.

Run this trail a lot. It's closed to traffic in the morning starting at 0630 so it's a good place to run. The hills are intense and it will give you an intense workout.

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2 months ago

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