Four Notch Loop Trail is a 12 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Dodge, Texas that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and nature trips.

Length12.0 miElevation gain574 ftRoute typeLoop
CampingHikingNature tripsRiverViewsWildlife
Waypoints (2)
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Creek crossing
30.66729, -95.39672
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Deep creek
30.63555, -95.40273
Weather
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Reviews (115)
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Brian Dusablon
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Hiking

Repetitive. Good trails. Just not much to see.

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Leticia Raya
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Hiking

Fun!

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Blake Comeaux
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Brandy Comeaux
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HikingGreat!
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Brian Recknagel
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Katie Larson
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Backpacking

Super chill night hike, a couple little puddles in 2 of the stream beds if you are desperate for water (def need to filter). Boswell Creek is flowing well on the LSHT side of the loop where we camped. Heard coyotes, owls, and maybe a feral pig. Loved it.

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Ben Atkins
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HikingGreat!

I have hiked this loop several times this fall with a weighted pack for training. I really like the loop. It's pleasant, open woods. Well-marked with open trail. I don't think it's 12 miles. I come up with 9.5-10.0 miles with Google Map. Also recommend using Maprika maps for these trails.

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Skip Becker
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Running

It’s a great trail to test your stamina because you will not be able to open up your stride or your pace. No wildlife to speak of, And not much for scenery.

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Darrell Dolliver
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Shirley Clayton
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Racheal Morris
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Charles Davis
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Julie Batchman
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Dusty Corning
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Camping

Day 1: we got to the trail at about 1:30pm. Hiking counter clockwise for about 3.5 miles and then cut off the trail over to Neiderhofer Lake. The lake is amazing! There is a great camping area and a small dock to enjoy. It took us about 2 hrs to get to the lake so we had plenty of time to enjoy the scenery, setup camp, make dinner and relax. Ate homemade dehydrated Taco Soup. It was amazing! Fell asleep early, but also woke up early 2-4am. Hung out on the dark waiting for sunrise. Day 2: we left camp at 8:30am and hit the trail. The hike back to the car was about 7.4 miles. That makes the entire trip 11.5 miles including the detour to the lake. The 2nd day was a rather boring trek through the woods. There were several ravines to cross, but no running water at all on the Four Notch Trail. In two spots we saw water puddles, but I recommend bringing all the water you need unless you are going to detour to the lake. We made it back to the car at 11:45am. Good hike overall, but the detour to the lake was what really made this trip worthwhile!

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Lena Ann
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Hiking

This trail is incredibly easy and well marked. I finished in 3 1/2 hours. My GPS marked it as 10.3 miles. Minimal bugs. Zero wildlife. Lots of cars in the parking area when I arrived but I only saw six people the whole time.

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Jim Medley
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Hiking

Beautiful hike. If you use hiking poles bring them. Recommend pants. This is a long hike do get done before it gets hot.

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Jeanie McClellen
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Setting the record straight. This is not a 12 mile trek. It was only a 9.7 mile trek according to the All Traiis map and according to the Department of Agriculture Forest Service only a 9.2 mile trek. It takes about 3:50 w a decent cadence and a few stops for pics and one “lets sit here on the trail for a minute or two to enjoy the quiet”. Some parts are easy and clear and others you’re sitting on your bum going under a tree root to cross on the other side of a creek bed. Creek beds were thankfully dry to allow for crossing. Traffic was very light. Got there around 9:00am. Temps were chilly but warmed up fast. Saw one rather large white tail running away from us. That’s about it for wildlife. It’s a great trail for first timers who want a moderate challenge. More trees fallen in the way of the trail than I’d prefer but all doable for the agile. A few points along the way you’d swear as you look across the forest through the beautiful pines that go on forever, you’d see a dinosaur from Jurassic park cross by - it’s really that other worldly out there. Just a beautiful day. So don’t worry it’s not 12 miles and well worth the visit.

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Darrell Dolliver
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Sunny Shi
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Travis Garrett
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Marcia Miller
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HikingBugs

Beautiful trail in the woods. First time in Sam Houston national forest, I didn’t really know what to expect as far as where parking was going to beand do you have to pay or how many people would be there. I was going with my mom and we were nervous about interacting with people for parking bc of COVID -19 right now or if we would be able to get off the trail if we ran into people. Google maps brought us to the trailhead #8 of the lone star trail (which continues into the four notch trail) there’s a large bulletin board on the south side of the road with with information about the trail, the top of the board says parking lot or parking area. right across the street is the parking area, we were not sure about this bc it wasn’t marked and there were no other cars parked but found out when we read the board. So the parking area is just a cleared area and it is free. We started the trail at 12:30 and ended around 5:30, we kept a mostly brisk pace and only stopped to take pictures or reapply bug spray. Definitely bring your bug spray with deet with you on the trail. we applied bug spray 3 times, because after awhile it seemed to wear off, probably because of sweat, and the bugs would start coming back. some mosquitos, but more annoyingly horse flies they are relentless and BITE! The worst part of the trail though was the spider webs. I would say we walked through hundreds of webs as you can’t see them unless the sun is hitting them so all of a sudden you have a spider web in your face. The entire time we were out there we didn’t see a single other person. When were leaving there was one other car in parking area, but they were getting out bikes to ride on the road. We also thankfully didn’t see any snakes. The trail is labeled as “hard” but it definitely isn’t you have to cross creeks but they were very crossable, it has been dry lately so maybe if there has been rain it would be more difficult to cross in areas ..I’m not sure. Even with the bugs and spiders it was very enjoyable beautiful day I would recommend this trail definitely especially if you’re wanting to do a safe outing during COVID-19.

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kris stillgirl
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Hiking

Just what I was looking for. I love it!

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Tea Bo-Ng
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BackpackingGreat!

This is a solid 12 mile hike. Not sure why the app says 9.9. It was very enjoyable. It’s basically walking through a forest the entire time. Didn’t see much wildlife but there are tons of different kinds of vegetation. Pine and oak forest overall. Would do it again.

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Taylor DeBrosky
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Hiking

It wasn’t bad at all but, the farther you went into the trail the less maintained it was. Would recommend wearing longer pants and socks.

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Angela Voelker
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HikingBugs

Lovely trail! We forgot bug spray- don’t be like us .

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Benjamin Dickinson
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HikingBugs

It’s ok, fairly flat and awfully buggy. It was neat to see this kind of country, quite a bit of life which is nice.

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John Sanders
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Hiking

Great time on the trail. Did it in 3 hrs and 45 minutes. Some area have very mature trees and some parts have newer growth due to fire damage. Lots of creek crossings. Trail was open in most parts but there were some sections overgrown with bamboo. Will do again. Trail was very well labeled.

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Jesse Cannon
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Hiking

Great trail. Me and a buddy decided to test out out backpacks before going on a larger hike. Well maintained and a lot more Creek crossings than I’ve seen on the maps.

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janet faulkner
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HikingOver grown

Great Trail - took us 4 hours. Check yourself and animals for ticks!

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Mathew Fletcher
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Backpacking

Backpacked this trail. Trail is very well marked and mostly maintained. TONS of creek crossings that were made fun during the storm we were hiking in. Lost lake remains lost to us. We. camped off the lost lake road and saw a lot of birds and could hear all kinds of wildlife. Take lots of water.

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