Explore the most popular no dogs trails in Government Canyon State Natural Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Rocky, exposed and barely anything you’d call singletrack

it was fun but it is Rocky

The moderate classification is appropriate. There are some technical areas with gradual elevation climbs. but doesn't require you to stop and slowdown and climb up rocky points in the trail. There are a few good views and is a quiet trail for a 6+ mile trail run. Might have to do this loop backwards.

Great trails. Highly recommend wearing the right shoes. Those rocks will have your feet hurting.

Did the Joe Johnston trail with my husband and also a small part of the overlook trail - April 9 (or 10th??) 2018. I just brought tennies and the rocks were a little hard to walk on toward the end - my feet were tired and my ankles a little sore. We were jet lagged though with two hours of sleep. Dinosaur tracks were fun to see! I’m from the PNW so fun to see something a little different. Good little hike.

A flat but sometimes rocky trail that passes an ancient midden, dinosaur tracks and the an old rock house. A good introduction to the Canyon,

Joe Johnston-Little Windmill-Sendero Balcones-Wildcat Canyon-Joe Johnston

Beautiful trails.

trail running
4 months ago

Enjoyed the wide trail from trailhead to the Zizelmann House and back(5.7mi). Parts of trail shaded probably a plus during sunny hot days. Able to take Recharge, Wildcat Canyon, Twin Oaks, and other trails off Joe Johnston.

A little challenging climb and pretty. No dogs allowed in this part of the park sadly

trail running
5 months ago

Beautiful part of the park. This app has it marked incorrect as it is a moderate run. Lytles Loop is easy and this is moderate. These guys need to do Home Work

Technical areas but not difficult. Pretty run and less crowded until you are on the main trail that leads to dinosaur tracks.

I'd agree, this is a moderate trail. Well marked.

From hike on 22 July - Went up to Zizelmann House, then took Overlook Trail around and back to JJR. Nice trail, not too rocky, some good shade, and the Spanish Moss is fantastic. The view from Overlook Trail is exceptional.

This is a nice stroll but they might want to mention it's open only on FRIDAY, SATURDAY SUNDAY MONDAY 7am- 10pm

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

I would rate this moderate. I hit both spurs, and thought it was quite enjoyable. Bring plenty of water in the summer.

challenging ride for sure. Lots of large rocks to climb and ride over.

Not too much shade and quite a bit of loose rocks. Not too much fun for people who dislike the heat and have bad ankles. Other than that...a decent hike that should be done early in the morning.

This had some pretty decent views and some rough terrain.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Not the most difficult hike in the world. Pretty flat, just takes a little time. Dinosaur prints are pretty cool though.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

great hike

Loved it! It was very much better going up.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Love this trail ... so much shade and very green!

Friday, April 07, 2017

Love this place! We will return and take more trails!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

good great place to hike. many years visiting SNA, no idea here. overcast day was perfect with 70 F.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Awesome place to just get a quick hike and escape!

trail running
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Awesome place to run n hike just make sure to take plenty of water. worth every penny

Monday, November 14, 2016

Great trail. If you want to get to the top of the cliff where the dinosaur tracks are below, take the overlook trail that branches of the Joe Johnston route. The overlook trail has a beautiful view of the canyons and has some safe areas to sit near the edge of the cliff. Also, if it rained recently, the dinosaur tracks may be underwater and the Joe Johnston route may be impassible unless you want to wade through water. If that's the case, take the overlook trail and you can see the tracks from the cliff's edge and the overlook trail will take you back to the Joe Johnston route on the other side of the flooded area.

Monday, October 03, 2016

It was a great hike for novice hikers. Had a variety of trails from easy to moderate. Various terrain; meadows, small rocks, dirt, big rocks. It was a perfect day weather wise 60-80 degrees. We hiked 10 miles through a combination of trails that took us to the protected habitat area. About 600 ft of elevation variance I think.

great trail, well maintained, easy elevation gain

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Nice...good elevation and challenge for new hiker like me

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