Caprock Canyon Trailway

EASY 8 reviews

Caprock Canyon Trailway is a 64.1 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Quitaque, Texas that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
64.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,349 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
21 days ago

This trail is not inside of Caprock Canyons State Park. Be aware. It is part of the park’s system and they oversee it but don’t expect campgrounds and park staff like you get inside the park North of Quitaque. Some have posted in their reviews about hiking the North Rim or various trails but this is separate.

A friend and I hiked the entire trailway (62-ish) miles from Southplains to Esteline. We took our time and did about 15 miles a day with full packs. Camped 3 nights and walked 4 days. It is a great route if you are looking to get away. There are some nice views and wildlife (deer, hogs, raccoons, coyotes is what we saw). If you hike this during warmer months watch for rattlesnakes. Be prepared to cache water ahead of time. There are outhouse-primitive bathrooms along the route every 10 miles or so but there’s no water available other than the couple towns you pass. We drove the route the day before and cached several gallon jugs of water at certain points. The park staff suggested it and good thing we did. It is rough rock that’s hard on feet and shoes so wear something with a sturdy sole. Railroad base is what the staff called it. The route used to be a rail line and there are several information boards along the way telling you about the history and the area. Very fascinating and adds a sense of the land and region as you walk. There were a ton of old railroad bridges you get to walk over. Very cool.

I recommend hiking this in cooler months. We did it in March and it was a shoulder season. It was ok for temps, warmer days removing layers and cold nights adding them back on. It would be VERY hot June through September in this part of Texas. The park staff are helpful if you have questions.

We also bike packed it but that’s a whole different experience. Massive thorns make keeping air in your tires a challenge but with the right tubeless setup it can be done.

The views and hills are between Southplains and Quitaque, most of the remaining route is pretty flat with occasional canyon views after Turkey. A ton of farmland and private property surround the trail so your camping is restricted to on or near the trail itself.

hiking
Friday, August 11, 2017

Easy trail. Nice views. NO water. They sometimes bring water out to certain areas but don't depend on it. No small creeks. Good challenge though. Tunnel is pretty cool especially the bats!

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Great views. Did both the lower and upper loop. Took 6 hours because some directions were confusing on top of the mountain but that kinda made it fun. The rangers said the ferns weren't really out yet but we thought they were amazing. God is definitely there in the peace and quiet of the springs. Lay back on a big rock and close your eyes and experience all your problems drift away. Amazing park with good trails.

hiking
Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Great trail even in November it was enjoyable

hiking
Friday, May 30, 2014

I'm definitely coming back! Amazing views. Take water!!!

camping
Tuesday, August 21, 2012

AWESOME canyon park for Texas! Not too big, but plenty of room to get away from modern life. Great trails too, watch for water and don't hike too fast! You can easily do the main trails in this park in a day. Do yourself a favor though and take the Upper Canyon Trail. Amazing views and Fern Cave is so beautiful!

hiking
Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Instead of the lower trail be a little adventures and take the 7 mile canyon rim view trail, unbelievable view on the mile long section that runs along the top of the canyon with great half way point to stop at for lunch, Fern cave. Be warned you will do some very steep ascent for a small section right after fern cave and at the end of the trail there is a equally quick decline but doable for anyone in shape or willing to take their time. Trail can occasioanlly make you wonder if its vanished but trail markers will relief any nervousness every half mile or so.

hiking
Friday, September 10, 2010

This was the first day of our hiking trip to the Caprock Canyons State Park and we took the lower canyon loop trail as a warmup on Friday afternoon, before tackling the upper canyon trail on Saturday. Nice easy hike with only a few hills.