Oasis on the High Plains Within the dry and windswept high plains of the Texas Panhandle lies a hidden oasis, a welcoming haven where wildlife and humans find respite from the dry grasslands above. Through this plain, the Canadian River has cut dramatic 200-foot canyons, or breaks, where humans have eked out a living for over 13,000 years. Lake Meredith now occupies these hidden coves where early humans once roamed.

on Harbor Bay Trail

hiking
14 days ago

Well marked, well maintained. Less than hour drive from Amarillo. There is a bathroom at each end. The trail meanders up and down with lake and red rock views. will definitely do again

There are two trails at the Harbor Bay campsite and I did this one. I did thr first 1.7 miles as a sunset loop the night before, hiking up to the first loop and then going back down. the next morning I did the entire trail minus the two loops. out and back, for 6.4 miles. I started 30 minutes before sunrise so that my dogs had shade. All the creeks were dry but I brought enough water.

There are houses off the rim so you are never alone. Trail is overgrown only in some spots and is easy to follow. There is very little shade!

There are some lovely views of the lake. I camped overnight and only had my dogs and cicadas keeping me company. Nearby Fritch has a few good restaurants. I got cell phone reception on the trail but not at my campsite due to the canyon walls.

Nice trail along river flats, flat with some large shady Cottonwoods. Provides access to river, ends at Coetus Creek. Trail does continue after “Trail Ends”sign. Check with National Parks first, trail flooded Fall 2017 and severely overgrown in May 2018. They told me it would be maintained soon.

hiking
4 months ago

Good trail, only a couple of steep climbs. Good early morning hike. Take water none available near trail.

This is an awesome relaxing trail that gives you a taste of something different if your used to Palo Duro Canyon. Its definitely one of my favorite trails in the area. It was recommended to me by family who have hunted turkey out there for 20+ years and say its always been one of there favorite spots.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
5 months ago