Upper South Prong Trail to South Prong Primitive Camping Area

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Caprock Canyons State Park & Trailway

Upper South Prong Trail to South Prong Primitive Camping Area is a 2.7 mile out and back trail located near Quitaque, Texas that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, camping, and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length2.7 miElevation gain150 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashKid friendlyCampingHikingNature tripsWalkingViewsWildflowersWildlife
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Emilie Williams
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Hiking

Amazing!! Windy, but was a good relief from the heat!

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Shuranda Widener
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Hiking
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Mary Stillo
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Hiking
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B H
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HikingGreat!

Awesome trail, very scenic. Easy trail, not really moderate. Came face to face with a Male Bison. That was interesting....

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ReSy !
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Phillip Stoffel
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Scenic driving
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Jupi ◇
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Hiking
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Tiffany Pugh
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Hiking

Nice views easy trail. Don’t do this trail after rain.

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David Coursey
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David Coursey
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Jesse Manning
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Ken Franks
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Quite dry at CCSP right now. Did come across a beautiful (and quite large) coyote early on.

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Faith Webber
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Hiking

Not enough trail markers for very lost

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Greg Sweatt
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Hiking

great trail and was rocky and had a climb in and a climb out. bring plenty of .

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Megan Leigh
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HikingGreat!

Beautiful views! Bison all over!

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Caitlin Ferrell
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The trail itself was beautiful - amazing to pass so close to the river bed and Permian rock formations. We were planning to go all the way to the north prong but ended up turning back because the horse flies were SO BAD. Note that regular bug spray does not repel them - you need some heavy duty strength stuff and the park ranger said that probably won’t work either. Recommend doing this trail at another time of year when they aren’t active!

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Shawn Bishop
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Hiking

Easy little down and back to a primitive camp site. Did this trail to kill some time and burn some calories after morning hike and lunch. Great trail to run on if that's your gig

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Corey McCluskey
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Easy hike at first then more difficult as we ascended. It was worth the hike to the Fern Cave. Our 7 year old and 5 year did a great job with us.

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Nathan Cooper
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Hiking

Did South Prong, Upper North Prong, Haynes Ridge back to South Prong. 11.2 miles and what a day, temperature was great. One of the best places to hike in Texas. Great camping spot at South Prong site 36.

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ReSy !
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Jupi ◇
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Elizabeth Robertson-Cate
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HikingOff trail

Parked at the South Prong Tent camping area and walked the riverbed into the canyon. Beautiful landscape. The creek bed is completely dry so the path was very smooth except for the river rocks. Several alcoves to explore from water run off. There’s a trail (unnamed) that the winding riverbed crosses over, back and forth. About 1.5 hours in we turned back, taking the trail back instead we arrived in the parking lot in a quick 20 minutes.

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Matthew Swaney
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HikingNo shadeScramble

Beautiful scenery but pretty poorly marked. We connected to Haynes ridge trail which was marked a lot better. We started at 8:00am in June and it was nice and cool. By the time we finished it was pretty hot but not unbearable. Brought hydration packs and used maybe 1/4. Views were amazing. Definitely some loose gravel on the steep ascents and descents but nothing too tough. Would not bring a dog unless a very seasoned hiker as there is hardly any shade and a lot of cactus.

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