Looking for a great trail in Franklin Mountains State Park, Texas? AllTrails has 33 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking 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 15 moderate trails in Franklin Mountains State Park ranging from 1.2 to 12.8 miles and from 4,117 to 7,185 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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The park conducts tours open to the general public. These ranger-led tours are conducted on the first and third weekends of the month. Reservations are preferred, with tours limited to ten persons. If attendance allows, others will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. For reservations, call the park office. Tours depart from the park's front entrance at 8 a.m. during the summer months and 9 a.m. during the winter months. Special arrangements for clubs, scout groups, school groups, or any group of more than 8 persons is available, depending upon staffing. Please call the park office for more information. The park reserves the right to limit the number of hikers in a tour group or to cancel trips due to weather conditions. For all tours/general hiking in the Franklin Mountains, wear good shoes, preferably hiking boots, weather-appropriate clothing, and travel in pairs. Always bring plenty of water and snacks. Cell phones are advised if available.

hiking
rocky
3 days ago

rocky
scramble
4 days ago

I loved it. The walk up I found to be a lot of fun. I went up a way that involved rock scrambling and I loved it. Recommend shoes with really good tread. Going down was more. Difficult as there are spots of loose rock. But worth it for the amazing views.

Nice trail! is short but you can do more then only get to the gap.

Excellent hike! the chains are the best part. There are great spots to enjoy views with a snack.

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no shade
rocky
4 days ago

Did this hike today from the West-side. We parked a car at Chuck Heinrich park instead of going back across the mountain. We veered off a little on Trenchtown and came back to the main trail on Lazy Cow. Our GPS was close to 8 miles. Rocky in some areas, but beautiful views. One day we will make the longer hike and go back over the mountain but definitely not in the summer.

I would reccomend this trail though it is extremely rocky and I suggest wearing ankle supporting shoes such as combat boots or hiking boots the views are very satisfying including multiple views of the east and west sides of el paso do bring lots of water and be aware your surroundings 5 stars from me

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no shade
rocky
scramble
5 days ago

hiking
6 days ago

super hard hike but definitely worth it.

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no shade
rocky
8 days ago

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

Nice views. I would rate this as moderate. My GPS came out to 6.9 miles. The harder part was Upper Sunset, there’s lots of loose rock, be careful coming down. Recommend doing before the summer, there’s no shade.

hiking
rocky
12 days 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.

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
13 days ago

Buttkicker, but awesome. Did the trail as a morning hike for team PT. Views were excellent all along the ridge and amazing at the top. Wear sunscreen and a hat, there is no shade. Bring water. Can be heavy traffic on nice weekends.

no shade
rocky
scramble
13 days ago

Very nice hike! The beginning has lose rocks, needs stairs or railing in that section. Difficult coming down to get back to your vehicle.

hiking
no shade
off trail
rocky
scramble
washed out
14 days ago

A decent, exhilarating trail despite using cairns for most of the guidance. If you’re unsure just pull up the app for help. Lots of spikey plants and large rocks so definitely wear ankle support, good treaded shoes, and long pants.

hiking
18 days ago

2/3/19 excellent trail. Started from state park and finished at the highway. 2 hours to complete. Very windy and challenging. It has everything a tough hike needs. Take your time on the 3 Chain sections. Each completion will provide incredible views. Took and Uber back to the park.

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.

trail running
19 days ago

Great for single running, nice areas in it where you can get lost in your thoughts or just openly jam to your music. I recommend this trail , just be aware of the turns because it's easy to miss them

hiking
24 days ago

This was a great trail. Lots of beautiful views. There are some parts that are challenging,but it is worth it. If you keep going on this trail you can get to the tin mines, but it is a 5 mile hike just to get there.

hiking
rocky
24 days ago

A fantastic trail! Steeper and rocky but with beautiful views, more than moderate but not difficult to walk, of course with good hiking boots this is less difficult. Once at the top of the mountain the landscape looks wonderful! You will love the amazing 360 degrees view.

Family friendly hike.

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rocky
scramble
25 days ago

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rocky
25 days ago

hiking
rocky
25 days ago

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no shade
rocky
scramble
26 days ago

This wasn’t the most scenic hike but definitely technical with lots of rocks uphill. Good if you want some exercise. The stone buildings (there were 2) are nice rest spots. Took me about 3 hours due to losing the trail every so often. No markings but follow the rock steps and use the all trails map with gps!

hiking
26 days ago

I just came down from the mountain OMG going all the way to the towers is not for beginners, but it was worth it..

hiking
26 days ago

Definitely not easy. It was ok as long as you followed the trail live with your phone. A lot of places were off and on a trail. Our 12 year old did great. I wouldn't recommend very small children unless they are used to hiking loose rock. Look for a large isolated boulder near the top of the mountain. The "Memorial" is just below it.

hiking
27 days ago

In my opinion this is one of the best trails in the Franklin Mountains. Steep in some sections but with beautiful vistas. This time we only did half of the trail but it was exciting. Do not get scared when climbing the rocks using the chains, this makes the trip more interesting.

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