John Graves Scenic Riverway

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John Graves Scenic Riverway is a 18.9 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Graford, Texas that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from September until June. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

18.9 miles
118 feet
Point to Point

dog friendly




paddle sports


wild flowers



over grown


The John Graves Scenic Riverway is a Texas state designated stretch of the Brazos River that runs thru Palo Pinto and Parker Counties. Completely primitive, the most popular stretch runs 20 miles from Texas Hwy 16 down to near Palo Pinto at Texas Hwy 4. Shallow river running thru hills known as the Palo Pinto Mountains. Several minor rapids, the most dangerous being a class 0 below the Hwy 4 bridge. Camping available on numerous gravel bars. Spring is the busiest time. Water level depends on releases from Possum Kingdom Lake. Usually is some dragging of canoes / kayaks thru shallow areas. There are no access roads, no facilities. Very little cell phone coverage. No hiking trails, no mountain bike trails. Keep off of private property that borders the river on either side. Canoe and kayaks only. Bring what you need, pack everything out.

8 months ago

We spent a day trying to find this trail only to learn from locals that it doesn't exist. The map on the app simply follows the Brazos River and is not passable.

Thursday, September 06, 2012

The Brazos below Possum Kingdom Lake is a great, little-known escape. Great scenery that everyone seems to compare to what they would call "the old west", often times the statement that "it doesn't seem like Texas" has been made as well.

Only complaint is the morons that don't take their trash with them when they leave.