Smith Spring Trail

EASY 24 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.

hiking
1 month ago

My time at Guadalupe Mountains National park was very limited, so I chose this trail instead of the Peak hike. Sadly, I probably would have been better just taking a pass. The trail just isn't that interesting and the views are kinda meh. I chalked it up as a chance to stretch my legs after a long car ride.

1 month ago

2 months ago

Great little day hike up to a natural spring at the top. We did the loop counter clockwise which was a little steeper right before the springs but we'll worth it. Great picknic area to have lunch at the springs before you head back down

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

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

4 months 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.

6 months ago

6 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

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

7 months ago

8 months ago

trail running
8 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
8 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
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

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