Explore the most popular trails in Lake Somerville State Parks & Trailway with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Both units offer a multitude of recreational opportunities such as camping, picnicking, boating, fishing; hiking and biking, volleyball, horseshoes, basketball, backpacking, and equestrian use (visitors must bring their own horses). More than 20 miles of trail are open to hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians affording visitors the opportunity to exercise and enjoy the beauty of the parks. Water lovers can enjoy boating, fishing, swimming, and skiing on Lake Somerville.

hiking
bridge out
muddy
4 months ago

Muddy in spots but all passable. Good trail. We enjoyed it.

hiking
5 months ago

This trail offers a nice little leg stretcher from the park campground, as well as accessing the shore of Lake Somerville. The trail is flat and easy to follow, though not very groomed. Passing through mixed meadows and woodlands of post oak, cedar elm and ashe-juniper with dense yaupon brush, evidence of Hurricane Harvey damage is visible closer to the lake shoreline with flood debris and dead standing trees killed by prolonged high water. On a cool Saturday afternoon in late March, I didn't pass a single person on this trail. While the views along the trail are not very noteworthy, it is very peaceful and quiet. About midway on the loop you reach the Lake Somerville Reservoir, egrets, ducks and cormorants are in abundance, with a decent showing of scattered bluebonnets, milkweed and other wildflowers.

hiking
10 months ago

Good trail. Part of it was closed due to flooding so only did around 3 miles but it was well maintained and looked nice. Best to do when colder because there is quite a bit of time in the sun. There is also an almost absurd amount of ant piles and spiders. Overall it was very good though.

hiking
Saturday, May 19, 2018

Hot and muggy. Little to no shade in some areas. Great for riding a horse or getting from camp to the water. For anything else...not so much.

hiking
Saturday, May 19, 2018

Very loud: Adults, children, generators, lawnmowers, radios. And the scenery didn’t make up for it. Not enjoyable at all. The smell of diapers in the parking lot when I returned just finished off my displeasure with this park.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Only 3 miles of Trail are open.

hiking
Sunday, February 05, 2017

Not the best. The trail was disappointingly short and swampy as most of it was flooded when I went, and be sure to watch out for the wild boars! All in all, it wasn't worth the trip for me. But admission was free and if you're looking for an easy (and short) hike, this may be the trail for you.

mountain biking
Monday, July 16, 2012

It's been a while since I rode this trail (2 years), so some of the trail features might be different. The trail is 13 miles between each unit (Birch Creek and Nails Creek). No doubt it's long and I rode on a 100 degree day. Plan for lots of water. I ran out, however I got a couple of bottles at the parks office vending machine for the ride back. Most of the trail is double track and most of it's flat. No challenges with rocks. However, dry sand was a problem. I would recommend this track for a long haul ride.

hiking
6 months ago

Sunday, August 05, 2018

Sunday, August 05, 2018

hiking
Saturday, March 31, 2018

hiking
Monday, January 30, 2017

Thursday, July 02, 2015

hiking
Saturday, March 30, 2013

Friday, March 29, 2013

walking
Saturday, February 16, 2013

hiking
Saturday, October 20, 2012