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Chinquapin Loop Trail is a 6.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near New Waverly, Texas that features a lake and is rated as moderate. 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.

Length 6.7 mi Elevation gain 400 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Camping

Hiking

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Lake

Views

Muddy

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Texas State Parks are open for day use. Due to COVID-19 and because of limited capacity, parks recommend making day pass or camping reservations. Reserve online. Face coverings are strongly encouraged. No groups of more than 10 people are allowed. Maintain six-foot distance from others. More info can be found here: https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/

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Reviews (480)
Photos (484)
Recordings (416)
Completed (699)
Hannah T.
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Hiking

Mostly shaded (except for by the lake) and level, with clear path and signage. This is a nice escape into nature, but coming from Utah, I guess I’m rather spoiled!

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Neil Noffsinger
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Hiking

Nice trail and the first time I've done it with the All Traills app runnng. Trail is well maintained & was able to see a few deer, rabbits and tons of birds. Started at 7:15am and a bit hot by the end, but not like the last time when I started at 9:15am! Got turned around a bit when I tried the Chinquapin cut-off, but All Trails got me back on track -- worked very well

Erin Makalei
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Hiking

Good trail. Lots of shade. Heard some gators. Saw lots of little frogs. A box turtle and two huge wood peckers! We started at 8:45am. Wouldn’t hurt to get out an hour earlier. Not too many people on the trails until we got closer to parking and camping.

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Laura RM
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Hiking

Great park. Took this trail multiple times when we lived in the area.

Celo G
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Great hike. Lost of shade. Bring Water.

Nicole Pan
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Hiking

Very good park

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Liz Rodriguez
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Mountain bikingMuddy
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Jason Blalock
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Hiking

Lots of shade.

Jackie Erickson
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Mandy H
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Hiking

Great hike, absolutely worth a day trip from Houston. Mostly shady, which was a relief in the July heat. Would definitely recommend!

Sandra Remson
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Hiking

Nice wooded dry shady meandering trail. No bugs! A delight on a typical late June in Texas day. Some cyclists and trail runners. Haven’t hiked this in about 20 years so pleasantly surprised that conditions were as good as they were. No problem getting in on a Tuesday even without current day use reservation “requirement.” Don’t forget to ask for your senior discount .

Suzette Evans
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HikingBugs

Excellent trail. We tried a double jogging stroller but it was too bumpy and used hiking backpacks with the little ones. Not a lot of elevation but a great family trail.! Well marked. Well traveled. We passed a few other hikers and everyone kept distance which was appreciated. Bring mosquito spray. Saw no snakes.

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Jamie Jackson
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Mountain biking

Great trail!! We will be doing it again soon!! We decided to bike the trail rather than hike it. We probably should have hiked it, but we still had a blast! It was hard because it was our first time mountain biking, and I had a hybrid bike.... I had to walk some of the inclines with lots of high roots. There is lots of wooden bridge paths and tons of park benches throughout the trail. Trail is well maintained with sand on parts of the trail.

Femke Schoonman
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HikingBugsFee

I loved this trail! You get to see a lot of lovely sites, like the lake, but mostly walk trough densely wooded areas. The trail is pretty easy to follow and is mapped out perfectly. Quite a few bugs, but that was to be expected. You are mostly walking in the shade so its nice and cool even on hot days! Would definitely recommend if you like longer walk :)

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Corinna Kwan
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Hiking

My dog baby was able to finish it. Very happy!

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J Miller
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Hiking

Really nice trail, clean, mostly shaded and not crowded. Park attendance was limited due to COVID, but had reserved a day spot the week before. 2nd time doing this trail and really enjoyed it. Benches here and there for breaks and marked adequately.

Lynda Terry
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Hiking

The trail was nice, clean and easy to hike . It is wide enough for you to stand to the side when cyclist passed without any danger to yourself. Several benches along to way if you need a break. When you pass the lake be sure to turn left instead of right in order to complete the loop. We did get a bit twisted there but quickly realized the mistake. The employees were very nice and other hikers put their mask on when they approached us.

Dawn Mack
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Hiking

Great trail and nice escape with the Covid-19 quarantine in place. Hikers wore their masks and maintained social distances. Lovely day, well marked and maintained trail. Beautiful lake! Enjoy!!!

Tyler B
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Hiking

This was pretty and enjoyable. I will say that this hike was surprisingly more forest and less water. From the pictures and the map, I thought it would be the reverse. My buddy was getting kinda bored and then all of a sudden we were at the water. Also the day I went was quite a bit busy.

Brenda Frost
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unfortunately lost the trail I. the camping area. but the trail is peaceful.

Phil Urso
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Hiking

Trail is in really great condition. I have been very few times when it was poor hiking.

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Megan Alise
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Hiking

Well-maintained trail with mild elevation changes, mostly through the forest. Nice views of the lake at parts. Would do this one again, and it'd be a good one for trail runs. Only saw a couple people and took a little under three hours.

will stark
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Hiking

First trail with my fiancé and dog! Love the different scenery and view that this place offers. The other hikers and bikers were friendly and polite! Very easy to navigate through the trail!

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Garrett Williams
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Hiking

Great hike. Easy trail to navigate, even though you join/leave two other trails and a service road along the way. Beautiful trail roaming through the piney woods. Only good view of the lake is along the earthen dam, but still pretty cool.

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Richard Ecker
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Hiking

Bets time of year to enjoy this moderately long flat trail. Weather was picture-perfect and there were no bugs! Lot's of "sameness" in the terrain with "deleafed" dogwoods and Loblolly Pine trees. The lake was beautiful and the campgrounds were empty.

Kevin King
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Hiking

Fun.

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Mark Kelley
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Hiking

Fairly easy trail. Nice elevation changes but watch out for the tree roots. I plan on doing this one again.

Adam Jones
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Hiking

Fun hike. The lake is gorgeous with lots of large birds flying around. Only difficulty is the length.

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