Explore the most popular walking 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.

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
4 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.

hiking
7 months ago

Short, easy hike.

hiking
7 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.

hiking
8 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.

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

hiking
Saturday, August 19, 2017

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.

hiking
Monday, July 24, 2017

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.

hiking
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.

hiking
Thursday, November 17, 2016

this is the primitive trail across the hwy from the state park. although long. the footing and grade is easier to hike than the trails in the campground. great views.

This a nice easy walk for a couple hours of relaxing time in the mountains with the family. My 8 year old son hiked this one easily and even got to the top ahead of me. The views are excellent, perfect for a couple of memorable photos.

hiking
Thursday, September 24, 2015

Short and easy trail that is great for kiddos and seniors. You can usually see wildlife in the morning.

hiking
Friday, July 24, 2015

The Headquarters Trail is parallel the the entrance road from the state park entrance to first wildlife viewing area. There is very little grade change, and not that rocky.

hiking
Friday, July 24, 2015

Did this trail from east to west. The sign says there is a 289' elevation change The trail has some very rocky places, and is overgrown. The views are OK, but not that great You can cut off about .5 mile if you access the trail from the toilet building east of the end of Skyline Drive

Nice easy trail with great views of the mountains and Fort Davis.

Beautiful vistas every where you turn & a great view of the University of Texas McDonald Observatory in the distance. We found a treasure under a big tree at the top near a fence!

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