on Chinquapin Loop Trail

7 days ago

Started at Prairie Branch trailhead last weekend—the one with over 6 inches of rain. Was very impressed to get as far as we did which was to the spillway. Having successfully gotten there we were very disappointed to have to turn around and retrace our steps due to EXTREME high water which we could not get over or around. The nice boardwalks up to that point had us thinking the loop was doable so beware after heavy rain. Pretty trail though

Fun trail through the forest that is largely flat with a few hills. It's probably the best hiking/ trail running in the houston area. Best done in the spring and fall to avoid the heat!

hiking
21 days ago

Nice hike on a cool fall day in late November. Half way through we turned around to retrieve the water dish for the dog. Hiked back to the trailhead on the Dogwood trail. Nice fall colors.

Great trail, easy enough for a beginner. But as other reviewers said, it’s longer than 6.7 miles. I logged 8 miles.

We just did the Prairie Branch Loop, the circular part of the trail which is 1.5 mi. It was me and my wife, our 7 yr old and 4 yr old, it was a great little hike. My 4 yr old ended up riding on my shoulders most of the time but our 7 yr old made the whole loop no problem. Was a great park and an enjoyable day trip. Odds are we'll be back again!

The 3.3 miles is actually two trails. Prairie Branch is 1.5 miles and Dogwood Trail is 1.8 for a total of 3.3. My fiancé and I did the whole 3.3 and it was great. Trail was in excellent condition and there was plenty of wildlife to see. Would definitely recommend.

I went out late and spent the last hour trekking in the dark....has lights and plenty of cell phone power. Great trail, challenging for me. Beautiful hardwoods and pine Forrest. Look like they expanding Bike trails.

Could spend two days here.

I took two of my dogs with me. The trail is very well maintained. The signs navigating you through the woods were clearly marked. The trail shows it is 6.7 miles, my Garmin showed 6.9. It was a great 3 hour get away.

Very nice trail, did end up getting lost a bit, and also ended up being closer to 10 miles when all was said and done. Nice trail did see a coral snake on the trail though so do be careful.

4 months ago

Mandy, I too logged almost 10 miles on this trail, even though in several different sites it's listed as 6.1-6.8. it is a lovely trail but be prepared for the distance. also wear big spray..I spoke to the ranger at the gate and asked him about the distance, he said no, the trail is not 6ish miles. but I love hiking in this park. Trails are well maintained, and, as a solo female hiker, I've always felt safe.

This was a really well, maintained trail with plenty of shade along the way.
We are beginners but enjoyed the challenge. Elevation was nice, not too hard with roots and turns along the way.

We didn’t bring enough water, lesson learned. It was a great way to connect with nature and found great respect for the peace and beauty of it all.

Towards the very end of the trail we got turned around and took a trail that led to a dead end. We called the park officials and they were kind enough to point us in the right direction. ☺️ We didn’t get a chance to swim but will definitely come back and camp next time.
Very happy trail!! We had the whole place to ourselves. ✌

hiking
5 months ago

nice hike, measured 7.5 on app. quiet and in sync with the birds and nature.

hiking
5 months ago

Very pleasant trail. Took me awhile to get the hang of the signs at different trail intersections but a great loop around with lots of nature. I saw a lot of tiny frogs along the path. Just remember to bring lots of water!

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful trail! We enjoyed our hike very much and saw butterflies, skinks, and vultures. The only thing I would have liked better is to see more of the lake. Though the trail encircles the lake, there aren't that many places to get a good view of the water.

Loved it. Very rooty, so watch your step.

This is my weekly go to trail for something of a challenge compared to what else is available within an hour's drive of Spring. The lake view in the middle of the loop is always a great visual reward. The Facebook page is updated daily with park conditions and that's super helpful on busy holiday weekends.

hiking
7 months ago

The alligators freaked me out a bit but other than that was a nice hike on a pretty day! We somehow ended up doing 10 miles, I think because we started at prairie branch trail.

hiking
8 months ago

Easy trail! Not sure why it’s rated as moderate. Muddy in some spots but otherwise the trail is in great condition. It’s mostly a shaded trail which was nice. We saw a snake and a javelina. Seems to be a lot of mountain biking on this trail so just keep a heads up as most of them didn’t shout out to let you know they were behind/in front of us.

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

Nice leisurely hike. Views are ok, mostly think piney woods but a fun hike on a nice day. Lots of people, all were very nice. Definitely an easy rating.

hiking
Sunday, December 10, 2017

Check the maps on location before starting this hike. Over half was closed but it was a nice trail the parts we used.

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Trail was partly closed due construction,...but im stupid and road around the barrier or sign and road the 7.1 miles on Thanksgiving weekend 2017. I just got a new specialized bike and there was a lot of roots but if you have a good bike you can go over them pretty easily especially if you're younger. I'm 48 and little bit overweight LOL. But I still can get over these roots pretty easily. Great workout for me. I wish people would post their age on here to tell how difficult the trail is. Obviously a person 25 years old and 185 lb is going to ride this Trail like it's nothing. Me I enjoyed it and it took some really good effort to get over some of the spots. You have a great time on this Trail.

camping
Saturday, September 16, 2017

Loved it! ❤️

Friday, August 18, 2017

Lots of roots !

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Amazing hiking! I'll come back for sure!

hiking
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

There was a lot of construction on the trail.

mountain biking
Saturday, July 08, 2017

Great trails. Clean and offers different challenges. Only down fall now is some routes not available due to construction/repairs. Great overall experience for most levels.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Great for a quick hike!

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Took my daughter here for her first state park hike and she loved it. Before you go, call the park. you can only do an out and back on this trail due to construction on the spill way. We ended up hiking around 8 miles. Saw 2 deer, frogs, plenty of spiders across the trail, and an eagle. enjoyed the quiet hike and will return when we can complete the loop.

trail running
Sunday, March 26, 2017

Moderately technical. Small hills add interest. Winding and fun!

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