Sam Nail Ranch Trail is a 0.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Terlingua, Texas that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 0.3 miles Elevation Gain: 29 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

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no dogs

A Big Bend Ranching example from the early 1900's. It is an easy, well-maintained trail leads through the old homestead of Jim and Sam Nail and Sam's wife, Nena. There are interesting historic remnants here, including part of the adobe walls of the house and two windmills, one which is still in operation. This is a beautiful desert oasis and a great spot for birding and wildlife viewing.

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2 days ago

Nice easy trail with interesting culture. Good to stretch your legs or for kids.

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3 days ago

Very quick and easy!

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3 months ago

Easy trail.

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5 months ago

Walk around and see a windmill But for 5 minutes and in order to complete every trail at big bend it has to be done

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Wed Nov 28 2018

Nice, quick. easy walk. It's interesting to imagine how the Nail's survived there.

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Wed May 09 2018

Perfect hike for families with small children. Shady & short. Lots of birds.

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Mon Mar 26 2018

Very easy educational little trail.

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Sun Dec 31 2017

Trails kind of tight. Nice small hike into an oasis where an old home and farm stood. Great teaching point for my 4 year old. Shaded hike if hot out. Nice quick stop along your drive.

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Sun Dec 31 2017

Minor hike. Doable my most any. Shows a snapshot of pioneer life.

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Sun Dec 31 2017

Short easy hike to a couple old wells and the remains of an old Adobe house

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Fri Mar 17 2017

Great family hike.

Wed Jun 08 2016

Nice historic site! Working windmill and pecans

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Sat Nov 28 2015

Great glimpse of the past here. Found pecans from the non-native trees planted by the Nails - tasty.

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Tue Jun 17 2014

Historic site with a windmill and pump still in operation. It includes some old remnants of an adobe house and a few shaded areas. A great place to take youngsters.

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Wed Dec 18 2013

A good example of life in the Big Bend back in the 1920's Sam Nail built his home with little outside help. The trail is only about 1/4 mile, and is very easy.

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