Winding Woodland, Barred Owl, and Roosevelt's Cutoff Loop

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Buescher State Park

Winding Woodland, Barred Owl, and Roosevelt's Cutoff Loop is a 5.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Smithville, Texas that features beautiful wild flowers 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length5.6 miElevation gain351 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingForestViewswild-flowersWildlifeMuddy
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Texas Tourism Division, P.O. Box 12728 , Austin, TX, 78711-2728, Phone: 800-452-9292

Directions from Smithville, TX: Travel 2 miles northwest on State Highway 71 to FM 153, then north on 53 for .5 mile to enter Park Road 1

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Kerry Blanchard
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Ron Richburg
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Actually 1 mile farther than recorded

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Phoebe Seward
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Great!

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Boydeen Albrecht
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Allison Milam
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Lots of pines, first start of the hike looks out on a valley. Not too many mature pines, mostly 3-7 feet. Did not complete the loop but turning back just before the roosevelt’s cutoff was somewhat harder than the hike in. Would say half shaded throughout the portion I did.

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Dennis Durkee
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Derrek Brack
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Ryan Hilz
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Takanori Kajihara
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There are plant interpretation exhibits from the south trailhead of the Winding Woodland Trail to nearby Flower View Crossing. The Pine Gulch Trail is more narrow and full of pines. The trail has some steps and elevations. Also, some parts are small rock ground.

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Anthony & Isabel Kee
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Boydeen Albrecht
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Very nice hilly trail.

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Angela Sanchez
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I always enjoy this trail for both hiking and trail running. It is beautiful and shaded for most of the trail, making it ideal for hot months. It can be rocky in areas and I've tripped on tree roots a time or two, so watch your step. Usually not crowded and plenty of quiet to enjoy.

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David Spalding
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Excellent condition!

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Jocelyn Britton
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Hiking

Modified our hike since some parts of the blue and red trails were closed, but thoroughly enjoyed the day

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Darren Latvala
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Gorgeous trails! I absolutely loved this Hike! The second trail is the best part of the adventure!

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Adam Gottfried
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Very pretty, very flat, somewhat rocky. moderate variation of terrain and vegetation. One nice overlook. Lots of beautiful young pines and one stretch with some cool older ones.

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Maggie BK
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Trails are pretty easy to walk on. Started at the trailhead near the lake. Winding Woodland is very shady with lots of trees, and saw some deer too. Pine Gulch Trail is higher up on the crest of the hill, and this seems to be the section that was more affected by the fires. Not as shady, the pine trees that are growing back are about 10-15 feet tall, but not a whole lot of them yet. The end of Pine Gulch Trail was closed at Old Antioch Road (a bridge was out, I heard), but still going to the end of the trail and coming back, I hiked about 5-6 miles. Didn't have time for Roosevelt's Cutoff, but took the Barred Owl Cutoff instead, which takes you to the scenic overlook. Definitely worth stopping there. Nicely kept up trails, easy to follow signage, not too crowded. Will definitely go back when I have more time to hike all trails.

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David Spalding
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Excellent

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Angela Sanchez
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Luis Diaz
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Luis Diaz
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kbug S
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Gary Trochta
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Luis Diaz
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Luis Diaz
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Gary Trochta
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Justin Joswiak
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Duoduo Hui
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Luis Diaz
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