Explore the most popular hiking trails near Fort Davis with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

The map as shown as of June 2018 does not reflect the actual trail. Go through the Powell Visitor Center and take a left out the back door to go to the Garden's 'front gate'. From there, the Hummingbird Trail, Botanical Garden, and Cactus Greenhouse will be in front of you. Wind your way along the beautiful paths and learn about desert adaptations, the families of plants you see, and pollinators. The cactus greenhouse features a spectacular collection of Chihuahuan Desert native cacti, the largest publicly accessible collection of its kind. A must see.

Would suggest going counter clockwise if you can for better views. This mapped trail is actually a few different ones. Pretty views of wide open fields. You cross a few roads in this park at the top and have some picnic tables available to you.
Also, this is one of those trails with a lot of little jagged rocks on the path - so booties for your pups is a good idea.

Was a good hike great views of fort and town! Did have some steep areas, my father has trouble with his legs and had to turn back half way. Real enjoyed!!!

I really wanted to like the trail. And it started with running into up close encounter with several deer which was amazing. However, it was quite dry and the promised stream was dry. The trail was rocky and at places slanted, making fooling tiresome, but not difficult. I would go again during wetter seasons or if with inexperienced hikers who would benefit from the easy climb and short distance.

Also- trail head actually starts at the pick nick area about a half mile east of the directions given by this ap.

scenic driving
3 months ago

Nice drive in scenic area, somewhat overlooked in West Texas.

I started at the state park edge, then hiked this Fort Davis National Historic Site Hiking Trails down to the fort and back. Great trail, easy to follow, very rocky. There are signs at every trail intersection, which was great since I only had the state park map. Highly recommended! Really great views at every turn.

Enjoyed walking this loop, easy hike with dog.

beautiful ecosystems in the desert especially going into canyon. lots of opportunities to see critters, birds, tracks and life abound. the exhibit with learning garden is extensive and a great display of native plants.

Beautiful scenery. My family and I really enjoyed the hike. My youngest was 6 at the time. She had now problem with it. Would recommend the trail to anyone.

6 months ago

Short, easy hike.

Short easy trail. We did it combining Montezuma Quail loop. Very well marked, but rocky. Good views.

Great views and not difficult. Rocky in some places. Would be nice in the spring or fall but hot in the summer; not much shade. Trail is well marked.

6 months ago

Did this as a loop with the Skyline trail. Great views and not difficult. Rocky in some places. Would be nice in the spring or fall but hot in the summer; not much shade.

Trail is easy, with multiple rest stops and good paths.

7 months ago

Did this hike in December with a dog on a leash. Weather in the 60s. Cool things to see at the top, including CCC lookout. We hiked back via Skyline.

7 months ago

Seamus O'Toole is correct, this is not the official marked route (at least, not anymore) Anyhow, it's a great trail with fantastic views in all directions. Saw deer, hawks, and many Aoudad.

Super easy trail! The views got better the higher you went. I took my dog and we had fun. Was nice to find some hiking here in the desert!

We had a great time. Did the Skyline Drive Trail and returned back on the old CCC Trail. Though the initial hike to the summit was steep, a lot of switchbacks helped out. Views are worth it. Weather in October was really mild. Nice camp ground and friendly staff.

Really lovely views and hiking through semi-arid desert. Saw a little snake! Some spots have some decent elevation gain but it levels out pretty quick at the top.

9 months ago

Very beautiful trail. It was fairly steep but so worth it when you got to the top.

Love this park in west Texas - it's worth the 9 hour drive to enjoy.
Excellent staff and camping spots.
Glampers can stay at the hotel on site.
Trails require stamina, water, snacks, water and your attention. (spots can trick you if you don't pay attention.)

Hiked this today. Beautiful scenery. A must for photographers.

Lots of uphill and very rocky. Views were great!

11 months ago

Hiked this in mid-August on a cool day. Beautiful trail, less rocky than the trails at the state park. I would suggest wearing long pants if tall grass bothers you, as the grass was quite tall and close to the trail. We entered at the rest area just off of 118. The sign noted that dogs were not allowed on this trail.

Good hike, trails in this park are well marked. Put a rain jacket in your pack as storms pop up. This park has some good. hikes when combining trails.

Good hike and some rugged scenery. Pack. a rain jacket for pop up storms.

11 months ago

This trail is rugged and can be dangeroua when wet. There are some cool ruins still standing along the way. If you leave the park the trail extends onto Fort Davis and that part of the trail is steep.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

sunrise hike a must, watch out for javelinas.

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

From Davis Mountains State Park Campground to CCC Lookout. Connections to Fort Davis Historic Site trail or to the Skyline Drive Trail.
This was a nice morning hike. The trail, originally built by the CCC, rises several hundred feet above Hwy 118 and Limpia Creek, which is several hundred yards to the North. Great vistas to the North and also to the West (i.e., McDonald Observatory). The rise is gradual until the last tenth or so of a mile, which is up fairly steep rock steps. The trail ends at the CCC Lookout, which is also the terminus of the Skyline Drive. After the lookout, we retraced the tenth of a mile and then continued East for approximately .2 miles, where the trail met up with the Old Fort Trail that came up from Ft. Davis National Historic site. This latter trail is impeccably marked and considerably more rugged than the Old CCC Trail. But, it is well worth it, as you climb up and then down through volcanic extrusion rock, and wind your way down through steep boulder fields that at times are barely wide enough for one person. A really interesting hike in and of itself, which added another mile to the 2 miles of the CCC trail. We had shuttled a pickup vehicle to the Fort before starting the hike, for the return trip back to Davis Mountains State Park. Doing the entire hike in reverse from the Fort would a strenuous hike because of the steep, rugged climb necessary to reach the Old CCC Trail.

love it . hard on a hot day

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