horseback riding

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

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wildlife

I had a lovely morning all by myself on this trail, saw several deer very close, an adorable armadillo, butterflies, lizards, and beautiful varied vegetation. The viewpoints were very nice, there is about 50/50 shade, but I definitely should have brought more than 2 liters of water!

If there had been more shaded areas that would accommodate the summer better, this would be a 5 star.

horseback riding
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

hiking
Thursday, April 07, 2016

Trails were nice and trash free. We went during the weekday and saw only 1 other person. I highly recommend printing off maps from this. The map you get at the ranger station is not much help.

hiking
Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Best hiking trails if you like a challenge. Definitely intense

hiking
Monday, January 11, 2016

I really like this trail. I went out on trail 7, which is along the Bandera Creek and has quite a bit of cover and shade. I returned on trail 5 over the 3 peaks east of Ice Cream Hill, They were fairly steep with lose rocks. The best part is views. They are awesome!!

hiking
Friday, December 25, 2015

camping
Friday, December 18, 2015

400 acres with many different trails of different difficulties. It was a very good hike and the landscape was beautiful. My friend and I camped and hiked 12 miles and the very friendly park rangers helped us understand details of the map. I would recommend this hike to anyone.

hiking
Saturday, November 21, 2015

camping
Saturday, November 21, 2015

Fun, moderate trail, that is not crowded, with good views of the valley below at higher elevation. Typical Texas Hill county fauna and terrain.

Beautiful spot! We hiked several connected trails, at the recommendation of really enthusiastic rangers at headquarters. You'll get plenty of sun on some of the trails, so take precautions for that. I don't know if there was something wrong with the map or with us, but it wasn't clear exactly where Trail 5 went on a couple occasions, so we found alternatives that hooked us back up with 5 later. I tend to prefer to hike in Teva sandals; I'd recommend that you cover your toes a little more or bring hiking poles to help deal with the gravelly downhill portions. We saw all kinds of flora, but not much fauna. Coming from Houston, I was glad to be outside without the imminent threat of mosquitos, or the throngs of people and sounds that come with them. We spent around three hours out on the trails and only saw one other group out there. Highly recommend!

Hiked this one with my daughter some years ago. It was a pretty area, and challenging in places. My daughter chose the shortest of the mapped routes, since we were on a day trip. She learned a lot about topographic maps and what it means when the contour lines are close together that day!