Smith Spring Trail

EASY 21 reviews

Smith Spring Trail is a 2.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Carlsbad, 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.

DISTANCE
2.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
410 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Hike to an oasis in the desert.

5 days ago

hiking
8 days ago

Great, I'm a chub and I was able to complete it.

1 month ago

Great low maintenance hike with great views. Go in the morning or late afternoon and look for the resident Mule Deer and Javelina in the meadows in between the trail loop.

3 months ago

3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike! Not too hard, well worth the hike.

4 months ago

5 months ago

trail running
5 months ago

Nice short loop that you can make challenging because the first mile is uphill with plenty of rocks. The red and yellow foliage at the creek are beautiful! There's even a little waterfall! Fun trail indeed.

hiking
5 months ago

I would echo the other reviewers. Short and especially scenic at the springs. Also, the ranch house complex at the trailhead is worthwhile.

hiking
11 months ago

birding
Sunday, November 22, 2015

A great short trail to a beautiful little hidden area with trees and a spring. Great birding around the Frijoles Ranch starting point as well. This is a good spot for lovely fall colors as well.

hiking
Sunday, July 12, 2015

Very easy walk to a nice cool spring/pond.

hiking
Sunday, November 02, 2014

hiking
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

hiking
Tuesday, July 08, 2014

The spring lies at the halfway point in the loop. It's hard not to see the large patch of green nestled in the mountains while hiking towards it. The spring area really does feel like an oasis in the desert and worth the hike. The Frijole ranch at the trailhead is accessible with a museum in the main house and picnic tables in the yard. A great place for a family outing.

hiking
Sunday, June 29, 2014

hiking
Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Awesome short hike. The trail brings you into a beautiful shaded oasis in the desert. The smell of freshly fallen, damp leaves and the sound of streaming water greet you after a short mile or so. I could have sat their all day. I had to turn back as the northern part of the trail that leads to Manzanita spring is washed out. This is a quick fun hike.

hiking
Monday, July 29, 2013

Excellent trail to hike! Relatively short and easy, and it is a loop vs. out and back. Great views into the low land, nipple hill is prominent throughout. Great small creek bed canyon to hike next to and into. We saw mule deer hiding in it. The best part is the Smith Spring near the mountain base. There are the biggest Texas Madrone trees there I've ever seen! Lots of lush green grass, moss, trees with gnarly roots. All shaded, cool, birds chirping. A desert oasis. Felt more like east Texas or hill country. Bathrooms near trailhead at frijole ranch house.

hiking
Monday, March 25, 2013

I was amazed that I was out in desert terrain, and at the spring, it felt like you were in a lush forest: a running stream, large pine trees, and birds chirping all around. What a place!