Sawmill Hiking Trail is a 4.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Jasper, 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.

Length4.3 miElevation gain121 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashkid friendlyCampingFishingHikingMountain bikingNature tripsWalkingRunningForestRiverwild-flowersBlowdownBridge outMuddy
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There’s another Sawmill Trail map on here but it doesn’t actually go all the way to the old sawmill buildings. Once I realized this I made a new recording from the sawmill back to the Boykin Spring Recreation Area parking area. The very beginning of this hike is a little weird. After you cross the small bridge at the parking lot, you go left across a field to cross the creek again. When you come up from the creek you have to walk through a campsite. You go a short way on the road and then go through a second campsite to get to the main part of the trail. The sawmill buildings are neat but there is a lot of graffiti! And a fair of amount of trash too (more than we could carry out). Overall, a really nice hike!

Free for day use.

Texas Tourism Division, P.O. Box 12728 , Austin, TX, 78711-2728, Phone: 800-452-9292

Directions from Zavalla, TX: Follow Highway 63 east from Zavalla, TX for 11 miles; turn right (south) on County Road 348A for 2.5 miles to Boykin Springs Recreation Area and follow signs. Trailhead located on the southern side of recreation area.

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Adam Martin
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Great day for an adventure!

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Mel Kel
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Bella Ellis
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Great trail... elevation changes keep it interesting. I will be back

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JoJo Woods
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HikingGreat!

Went a few months ago but it was awesome got to the abandoned saw mill at night so it was extra creepy 100% worth it

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Annette Kemp
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HikingBridge outGreat!

Great trail, not a loop tho. Syaued at Boykin Springs Rec Area, did the trail in and back out. Dog loved it! 1 bridge is still out. but its a small jump across the creek. Has a beautiful natural waterfall about 10 minutes in. Will do again!

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Martha Jordan
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Michael Reeves
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Racheal Morris
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Tere Moody
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Corey Crane
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Rosemary Ling
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Tipped Crown
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HikingGreat!

Very light people traffic. Restroom facilities at the trailhead with camping opportunities around the area. The trail was mostly marked well, could use updates in a few areas where you must detour. Fairly dry, a few creek crossings that could be wet after a rain. You can feel the history of the sawmill when approach the buildings. 3 total buildings in pretty good shape for being 115 years old. The creepiest one still has the roof in tact... it felt a little heavy to me. Overall very peaceful and beautiful creek runs along most of the trail

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Kent Hutchison
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HikingGreat!

Excellent trail. Some elevation and narrow paths, but fairly easy trail. The old sawmill at the end of the trail is worth the effort.

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Randall Creel
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Great trail with lots of little nuggets along the way

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Shelly McCoy
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Brian Tatum
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Asad Mohmand
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HikingGreat!

Not hard. Well marked. Fun. Easy access. Sawmill graffiti, I think, adds a lot of character to the place. NOT for biking. Shaded throughout.

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Caleb Davis
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Bridge out

good trail. great scenery. saw more people on it then expected. shame about the graffiti on the buildings. did this with my dog and 3 kids.

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Kevin Shrewsberry
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Mountain biking

The sawmill at the end makes it worth it but there are definitely some maintenance issues like out bridges and bridges too skinny for biking... May be better as a hiking trail...

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Buster Hogg
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Diane Munger
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HikingOver grown

We went on this trail with friends yesterday. We had not been here for 2 years. It was truly beautiful in the park. I was saddened to see the decline of the trail. We knew we should walk along the creek, but that was difficult at times. The trail has fallen trees and no markings. It took us several tries to see where the beginning of the trail was. The park is beautiful.

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Carol Pennington
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Enjoyable hike. I wouldn’t call this an easy trail though. The path is uneven ground. There were lots of tree roots on the path and several areas we had to cross the creek. Wear boots! It is a beautiful hike though not well kept and not well marked.

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Dustin Richard
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Good hike. Beautiful forest. Hiked with my wife and two girls, ages 8 and 10.

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Jess Rosenberg
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Loved it! Would recommend anyone to go, especially in good weather because it was super pretty.

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Lets Hike
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Nice hike along Creek. Lots of pretty views

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Justin Beaver
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Not many options in this area so I went to this because had a lot of good feedback. Took maybe an hour and a half to hike to the Mill and that was stopping several times. Trails pretty until you pass the road halfway through then afterwards things get a little overgrown. It's not bad but wear pants or at least bug spray. The Mill is pretty cool. The overgrowth plus the graffiti and being alone made me feel like I was in the opening scene of a horror movie

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Carrie Verdin
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HikingBugsOver grown

We had such fun today! There is a creek and several little waterfalls. The terrain was a bit rough in spots, ups and downs. The abandon mill was pretty cool. A lot of graffiti, though. On the way back we stopped at the creek and cooled off. The trail to the Aldridge Sawill and back is actually 6 miles.

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Juli Trosclair
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Hiking

I made the mistake of telling my husband it was a bike trail - it is NOT!

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