Places to ride in Texas

 

Hill Country State Area

Bandera: 34 miles, PH 210-796-4413

 

Davy Crockett National Forest

Crockett: 50 Miles, Camping? PH 409-544-2046

From Georgi Hockaday:
Kennard, TX (closest city to the horse camp) -- Turn south on 415 from TX State Highway 7 on the western side of Kennard TX. The Piney Creek Horse Camp sign is approximately 2.5 miles on right. The camp is very primitive--no water spigots--one chemi-john (new this year said the deer hunters we talked with)--narrow oval drive--some center pull throughs, some back in's--perimeter sites are back in's--sites are narrow--only a few would be able to accommodate our 33x8 trailer--a few hitching posts--wooded area with lots of shade--not good for solar power.
Stock pond near the camp site looked poor but eastern TX is experiencing it's third straight year of drought conditions. Trail map indicates ponds along some of the trails but quality & quantity would depend on rain fall levels; highly recommend taking in water for both humans & animals. Camp is open year round even during hunting season--didn't see any fee boxes--no stay restrictions noted on the posted regulations. Five loop trails with total of about 46 miles. Trail map available from the Davy Crockett NF, Neches Ranger District, East Loop 304, Crockett, TX 74835

More Information:
Piney Creek Horse Trail on the Davy Crcokett National Forest in Texas.
Nearest town is Kennard, roughly half way between Lufkin and Crockett.

How to Get There: There are two trailheads for parking, unloading and/or camping. The eastern trailhead is found by turning south onto County Road 4625 from State Highway 7 at the Kennard Post Office, go approximately 2.6 miles to Piney Creek Horse Camp sign, turn right onto Forest Road 566 and go 0.6 miles to the camp. The southern trailhead is found by turning south onto the Gallant Road from Highway 7 (about 2.5 miles west of the Kennard city limit sign), go approximately 5.8 miles to Forest Road 514-D, turn right and go 0.2 miles to the camp.
Camps are primitive (one porta john per site), although installation of a sweet smelling toilet within the next year is planned. No fees at present time.
Open year round. Various loops total 54 miles.
More informaition at:
Davy Crockett Ranger District, Rt. 1, Box
55FS
, Kennard, TX 75847
(409-655-2299).

Davy Crockett Horse & Rider Camp

Location: 12 miles East of Crockett, Texas on Hwy-21 ( Kings Highway - Oldest road in Texas).
Ride our horses or bring your own.
Horses for Rent and Log Cabins for Rent
Hunting Available: Within walking distance of Davy Crockett National Forest and Type II Public Hunting Lands.
For More Information Call Jerry Don Gentry Ph 936-546-0690
Web Page Davy Crockett Horse & Rider Camp

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

There are more than 80 miles of trails and 10 backcountry campgrounds for hikers and backpackers. Horses are allowed on most trails. Stock corrals are available at Dog Canyon (remote northern region of the park) and Frijole Ranch, by reservation only. All stock trips must start and end at one of these corrals. Horses are not permitted overnight in the backcountry.

The Dog Canyon Campground is at 6,320 feet with four RV sites and nine tent sites. Restrooms have sinks and flush toilets; there are no showers. There is a campground fee. Leashed pets are permitted only in drive-in campgrounds: They are banned from trails.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Box 400
Salt Flat, TX 79847
915.828.3251

Lake Arrow Head State Park

Wichita Falls: 4 miles, PH 817-528-2211

 

Lake Somerville

Lake Somerville has two State Parks with equestrian facilities: Nails Creek and Birch Creek. While Birch Creek has a designated equstrian area with water, Nails Creek has twenty equestrian sites with water and electricity, as well as ten water only equestrian sites.
Equestrian amenities include welded pipe corrals and hitching posts. The two state parks are connected by a thirteen mile trail through a five thousand acre trailway that wraps around the west end of the lake.
The main horse trail is 13 miles and connects the Birch Creek SP horse camp with the Nails Creek SP horse camp. Along the way there are three primitive camps (two with non-potable water) for overnight camping or rest stops.
The Texas Equestrian Trail Riders Association (TETRA) is rapidly becoming the trail steward of the park, and is assisting in making Nails Creek an even more equestrian friendly park. For more information about Nails Creek, Birch Creek, and a hundred and thirty other state parks, as well as other recreational opportunities in Texas.
Nails Creek
6280 FM 180
Ledbetter, TX 78946-7036
979/289-2392
Nails.Creek@tpwd.state.tx.us
E-mail: Lake Somerville - Nails Creek

Birch Creek
Rt. 1, Box 499
Somerville, TX 77879-9713

979/535-7763
Birch.Creek@tpwd.state.tx.us
E-mail: Lake Somerville - Birch Creek

 

Angelina National Forest

Lufkin: PH 409-639-8620

 

Big Bend National Park

Big Bend: PH 915-477-2251

 

C&R Ranch

From Alpine, Texas, if you go south on Highway 118 for about 54 miles, there's a very convenient & unusual place to either overnight or stay for awhile in the Big Bend area of Texas. Chris & Rita Calvin (C&R Ranch) offer rustic cabins or electric hookups for trailers, with meals or you cook your own, corrals/small pastures for the horses, and miles & miles of riding right out the back door.
They are still working on putting their place together - but it's a great place for either a night's stayover while you take a break from the long trip to get to this part of the country or as a jumpoff/staging area for all the other riding & sights to see in the Big Bend area.
I have been staying with friends but keeping my horse at Chris's place because it's so easy to get to and I can just saddle up and ride out towards the mountains for hours - going cross country or staying on section line "roads". Chris and Rita have years of experience riding & guiding in the Big Bend area and are good company as well as knowledgeable about the area. So many people I talk with are reluctant to come out here because all they know about is the Big Bend Ranch State Park, which is beautiful but such a long trek to get there. As an alternative, I have found days & days of riding just out from the C&R Ranch - so don't think you have to go all the way to the Big Bend Ranch State Park or the Big Bend National Park - at least not right away.
Give Chris & Rita a call - 1-432-371-2142; their mailing address is HC65, Box 132E, Alpine, TX 79830
E-Mail: C&R Ranch
Web Page C&R Ranch

 

Caprock Canyons State Park

Quitaque: The phone number is 806-455-1492, the mailing address is P.O. Box 204, Quitaque (pronounced like kitty-quay), Texas 79255.

Info from AttyDDM@aol.com
Rode the Caprock Canyons rail to trail on Memorial day weekend 2006.
The Caprock Equestrian Campground was full, but most riders remained on park trails. No one else at the trail head for rails to trail, and saw no other human on trail. The head park ranger was out picking up trash himself at the campground, which are clean, nearest bath/shower about 1.5 miles. Carry human water on rails to trail. The water tanks for horses were dry. Make sure to ask directions from rangers for the trail heads.

Web Page Caprock Canyons State Park

Sabine National Forest

San Augustine: PH 409-275-2632

 

Sam Houston National Forest

Waverly: PH 409-344-6205 or toll free 1-888-361-6908, contact Tim Bigler

 

Trail Rides at Coffee Mill Lake in Fannin County, TX

The Caddo Trail Rider's Assoc. has been clearing trails in the Lake Coffee Mill & Lake Crockett areas of North Texas, for the last three (3) years with the premission from the Forst Service. We now have half day and all day trails. There is a small camping ground at Lake Coffee Mill. We have not yet gotten permission from the Forrest Service to build the kind of Horse Camping Grounds we would like to have. An Application has been submitted for permission, but we have not heard anything on it yet. Lake Coffee Mill & Lake Crockett are small lakes, but the setting is in beautiful pine and oak trees which is part the National Forrest lands in the Northeast edge of Texas.
We hope to one day have nice trails and camping facilities for the enjoyment of all.

Caddo Grasslands web page

Pace Bend Park

Pace Bend Park
Hill Country near Austin, Texas
1520 acres to ride on.

Lots of Lake water to swim in or take your horse in.
512-264-1482

Arrowhead Resort

Lake Whitney, 254-694-3044
RV spaces, cabins, lakeshore riding, restaurant, swimming pool.
Plenty of trailer parking. Trails along the shore of the lake make this an interesting stop-over or destination for any length of stay.
Arrowhead Resort web page


7IL TRAIL in Cat Spring Texas

Our 2,100 acre working cattle ranch has a 40x40 pavillian with disco ball, spot lights and sound system for entertaining and dancing. We have 10 RV electrical hook ups and water is available. Shade trees surround the camp site keeping the hottest of days cool. A cook shed provides a preperation and serving area for all meals. An in ground fire pit can be enjoyed by all while tall tales are being shared!
There are showers and restrooms and 50+ miles of permanently marked trail too!!
All trails are shredded 15' to 30'. Non riders may ride on the hay wagon!!

For your next Trail Ride, Private Party, or Reunion, or Wedding, contact us: Located 60 miles West of Houston.

David Reznicek
5389 Mill Creek Rd.
Cat Spring, TX 78933

Phone:
979-865-0011 (line 1)
979-236-5552 (cell)
979-865-2207 (fax)

7IL TRAIL web page

Caddo Grasslands

There are new trails in Caddo Grasslands and a new Equestrian campground to be built in the next year.
Click on web page link for maps and information.
Caddo Grasslands web page

Ray Roberts State Park

Pilot Point: The camp is 10 miles east of I-35, exit 477. The Isle Du Boise questrian camp is easily accessible & can accommodate any size rig. Fourteen paved pads with 2 tie posts (or for highline), picnic table, and fire ring form an oval. The center of the oval is paved and marked with parking spaces for day use. There is one set of self-composting toilets and one non-potable water spigot per every two camp sites.
The trails are level, wide (for side by side riding) and easy riding in about 5-6" of sand.
There is a $3 per person use fee. The camping fee was $10 per night. There is a limit of 8-counting horses & humans per site. For reservations, call 512/389-8900.
Open seven days, year round. Nearest place for groceries, hay & feed is Pilot Point.
There are 2 feed stores: Red River (turn left on 377) & D&L Farm Store (turn right on 377)--D&L prices are better.

 

Caprock Canyons SP and Trailways

The equestrian camping area consists of 12 campsites with picnic tables, fire rings, lantern post and hitching post. This area is served by a large corral and 12 individual corrals, sized to accommodate 2-3 horses each. Water for horses is provided in this area. The park also has an Equestrian Primitive area locates near the little Red River. This site requires a hike or ride of one mile. Vehicles are not allowed at any of the primitive sites. 12 primitive camping sites, 17 miles SP trails & 64 miles rail trails.
Directions:
The park is 3.5 miles north of State Highway 86 in Quitaque on FM 1065.
P O Box 204,Quitaque, 79255 - PH 806-455-1492

Chokecanyon SP

Three Rivers: (South Shore Unit), P O Box 1548, Three Rivers, 78071 - PH 361-786-3538 4 primitive camping sites - 18 miles trails

 

Cooper Lake SP

South Sulphur Unit:
Park facilities include 25.5 miles of shoreline; six and two-lane boat ramps; three fish cleaning table; two lighted fishing piers; a swimming beach; a playground; three day-use areas with picnic sites with tables, grills, and water; and a group picnic pavilion (capacity 50); campsites with water and electricity; walk-in water sites for tent camping; equestrian campsites with water and electricity; primitive camping; screened shelters; cabins; 8 miles of multi-use trails for hiking and mountain biking, 5 miles for back packing, and 3 miles for equestrian use; restrooms with and without showers; a trailer dump station- a Texas State Park store; and 3 public telephones.

Directions: To reach South Sulphur Unit, travel north from Interstate 30 at Exit 122 on the west side of Sulphur Springs for 10 miles on State Highway 19, then west on State Highway 71 for 4 miles, then north for I mile on FM 3505 to the park entrance, or east from Commerce on State Highway 71 for 16 miles, then North for I mile on FM 3 505 to the park entrance, or east from Cooper for I mile on State Highway 154, then South on FM 1529 for 5 miles ( cross the lake dam) to State Highway 19, then South for 5 miles to State Highway 71, then West for 4 miles to FM 3 505, then North for I mile to the park entrance.
15 W & E sites.
About 20 miles trails

Copper Breaks SP

Facilities: Facilities include restrooms with and without showers; campsites with water; campsites with water and electricity; 6 equestrian campsites with water; a primitive camping area- a group camp area with campsites with water; a group picnic area; a meeting room (8 a.m. to 5 p.m., 35 person capacity); picnic sites; a swimming beach; a boat ramp; a boat dock; a fishing pier; a trailer dump station; playgrounds- an interpretive center; and 2 lakes (60 acres and 10 acres).
The park has 7.3 miles of trails: 3.3 miles for back packing, 3.5 miles for mountain biking and equestrain, .5 mile nature trail, and all 7.3 miles may be used for day hiking. The equestrian camping area has campsites and two, 5-foot tying rails. Equestrian enthusiasts can enjoy a 3.5-mile, round-trip trail over varying terrain. There is a large parking area and water available for horses. Water and restrooms are nearby. An honor box, located at park headquarters, collects entrance and camping fees after hours.
Directions: The park is located between Quanah and Crowell off of State Highway 6.
RR 2 Box 480, Quanah, 79252-9420 - PH 940-839-4331
6 W only sites - 6-8 miles trails

Franklin Mountains State Park

Canutillo: Franklin Mountains State Park, in El Paso County, was created by an Act of the Texas State Legislature in 1979. The Franklin Mountains form a striking backdrop to the City of El Paso and constitute an area of statewide ecological and aesthetic significance.
Native American groups made the area home, using the plant and animal resources of the Franklins for more than 122,000 years, until their forced removal during the late 19th century. These people left their marks upon the rocks of the Franklins - colorful pictographs on boulders and in rock shelters and deep mortar pits (used to grind seeds) in rock outcrops near scattered water sources. Beginning in the 1580s, less than a century after Columbus, Spanish conquistadors and priests passed beneath the peaks of the Franklins on their mission to conquer and colonize the Puebloan villages in present-day New Mexico.

PARK ACTIVITIES: Many hiking trails are currently accessible off of Loop 375/Trans-Mountain Road. Coming in Summer 1997 will be horseback riding and rock climbing activities.

All potential campers should be forewarned; there are no ground fires within park boundaries and no water or electricity in the park. Visitors are asked to help protect the park at all times. The Franklins are the largest sustained mountain range in Texas, with the summit of North Franklin Peak rising to an elevation of 7192', some 3000' above the city below. On the eastern flank of North Franklin Mountain lie the remnants of our nations' first and only tin mining, milling, and smelting operation, which was active from 1910 through 1915. No motorized vehicles (including ATVs) are allowed on any dirt roads.

TOURS: The park conducts tours open to the general public. These ranger-led tours are conducted on the first and third weekend of the month. Reservations are preferred, with tours limited to ten persons. If attendance allows, others will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. For reservations, call the park office. Tours depart from the park's front entrance at 9 a.m.

For special arrangements for clubs, scout groups, school groups, or any group of more than 10 persons, please call the park office. The park reserves the right to limit the number of hikers in a tour group or to cancel tours due to weather conditions. For all tours/general hiking in the Franklin Mountains, wear good shoes, preferably hiking boots, wear weather-appropriate clothing, and hike in pairs. Always bring plenty of water and snacks.

THE PARK'S FACILITIES: A 1.7 million face lift shared by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Department of Transportation renovated old picnic sites and built additional ones, and built new restrooms meeting ADA access standards. The former gravel parking area was paved to allow public access. With the help of volunteers from the park's user community and special activity groups. Some 87 miles of new trails were built for horseback riding and mountain-biking for the first time.

The park features 125 miles of multi-use trails, 22 miles of equestrian trails, 51 miles of mountain-bike trails, and 52 miles of nature trails. There are no ground fires allowed within park boundaries and there is no water or electricity in the park.
The Tom Mays section has shaded picnic/barbecue sites, self-composting toilets, several miles of gentle hiking trails through the foothills of the Franklins, and primitive camping (tents only). Reservations for campsites are taken only at the park. There are two types of campsites; one type (walk-in developed) is traditional, in that tents are placed directly on the ground and have tables and grills. The new sites (walk-in primitive) were designed to save the natural terrain and resources, in that they are raised, wooden modular 4' x 8' platforms (will hold up to an 8' x 10' tent). The platforms allow the park to limit the wear and tear on terrain and plants beneath the platforms. When wear becomes evident, the platforms are moved, and the former sites are replanted with native grasses, resulting in no evidence of damage to the site. This allows the park to adhere to its desires to remain a wilderness area with a strong focus on conservation and ecology while inviting guests to enjoy the area without the permanent damage that most campsites bring. Future plans call for a limited number of RV sites.

DIRECTIONS: The park is located in El Paso in far west Texas. Take Interstate 10 West following the Rio Grande River to the Canutillo/Trans-Mountain exit, turn toward the mountains, and the park is located 3.8 miles east of Interstate 10; or take Loop 375/Trans-Mountain Road going west up and over the scenic Franklins and find the park entrance 3 miles down from the road's summit.

OPEN: Day use guests are only allowed in the park during regular operating hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

P.O. Box 200
Canutillo TX 79835-9998

ph 915.566.6441

Davis Mountians SP

P O Box 1458, Fort Davis, 79734 - PH 915-426-3337 Day use only - 4 miles trails

 

Dinasour Valley SP

P O Box 396, Glen Rose, 76043 - PH 254-897-4588 Day use only - 100 acres to ride on

 

Fort Grifin SP

1701 North U S Hwy. 283, Albany, 76430 - PH 915-762-3592 Primitive camping - pasture riding

 

Hill Country SNA

The park offers a backcountry setting for activities such as primitive camping backpacking, limited swimming, and fishing in tanks, mountain bicycling, hiking, horseback riding, and equestrian camping. Recreational activity centers around 34 miles of 22 designated multi-use trails open to backpacking, horseback riding, and mountain bicycling. Three miles are reserved strictly for horses and hikers. Closed M-F during hunting season.

A limited number of rental horses are available at the park. (Special Conditions: Advance arrangements/reservation at the park required; single rider per horse; 250 pound weight limit; age minimum 6 years; liability release required. Rentals are based on availability of horses.) Rentals may be scheduled for either a 2-hour or 4-hour period.

FACILITIES:
There is a composting toilet at the park headquarters. The following facilities are on the Central Reservation System (CRS): Three Walk-in, Developed Tent Areas are located along the creek. West Verde Creek Area (maximum 50 yards in), has 3 sites; 2 have a capacity of 6 and one is capacity 25. Comanche Bluff Area (maximum 25 yards in), has 3 sites; one site has a capacity of 12, 2 sites have a capacity of 6. Chaquita Falls Area (maximum 75 yards in), has 4 sites with a capacity of 6 each. Sites have fire rings, picnic tables, and West Verde Creek which offers swimming and moderate fishing opportunities; there are chemical toilets nearby. Chapa's Camp is a group camp, has a capacity of 20 rigs. It is in a 2-acre, shaded area with a large barn with a concrete floor and electricity. There is water for horses, fire rings, picnic tables, chemical toilet, 12 horse stalls and 3 picket lines. Reservations are required. 6 Developed Equestrian Sites, with a capacity of 6 persons/horses combination, that has tables, fire rings, a chemical toilet in the area, corrals, picket lines, and water for horses. These have access to a 34-mile trail system. All 34 miles are jointly used by back packers, day hikers, and horseback riders; 29 miles may be used by mountain bike riders.
A Group Lodge, is available to equestrian or non-equestrian use (accommodates 12 persons), and has 4 bedrooms with bunk beds; one bathroom; a kitchen, with a stove and refrigerator; heating and air-conditioning; a separate screened cooking shack with a covered barbecue pit; stalls/corrals for equestrian use; no linens or cooking utensils. Visitors are not required to reserve both Friday and Saturday nights together.

The following camping areas are not on the CRS: Four Backpack (Primitive, designated) Camping Areas have fire rings and are located 1.5 to 3.5 miles from the trail head parking - Spring Falls (capacity 6, Butterfly Springs (capacity 6), Wilderness Camp (capacity 40, and Hermit's Shack (capacity 40). Call the park for availability.
One Developed Equestrian Area (also used as the day-use parking area, capacity 25 rigs), is located across from the park headquarters in a 6-acre shaded area with 14 (10' x 10') portable stalls, a water trough, a wash area, and fire rings, and have a primitive toilet, a public phone, and a security light. Call the park for availability.
Late arrivals may camp in the Backpack Trailhead Primitive Area; 2 sites can accommodate large groups, the capacity determined by the park manager.

Special Notes: Reservations are recommended for large groups. Fires are permitted in fire rings only, and dead wood can be collected off the ground. But park officials recommend bringing your own wood, because dead wood is scarce. Campers must pack out all trash for disposal, including all hay and animal by-products. Be sure to bring drinking water. Potable water is not available; all water must be treated.

DIRECTIONS:
From Bandera, travel south on State Highway 173, go across the Medina River and continue for approximately 1/4 mile to State Highway 1077, turn right and go 8 miles on State Highway 1077 to end of the black top. Continue on the caliche road, crossing 2 cattle guards to the park entrance.
RR1 Box 601, Bandera, 78003 - PH 830-796-4413

Huntsville SP

P O Box 508, Huntsville, 77342-0508 - PH 409-295-6985
Trail ride use only, call 409-295-1985 for information

 

Lale Arrowhead SP

RR 2 Box 260, Wichita Falls, 76301 - PH 940-528-2211
4 W & E sites - 5 miles trails

 

Lake Houston SP

22031 Baptist Encampment Rd, New Caney, 77357-7731 - PH 281-354-6881
3 tent sites - 8 miles trails

 

Lake Livingston SP

RR 9 Box 1300, Livingston, 77351 - PH 409-365-2201
Guided trail use only- 2 miles trails - Call for further information

 

Lake Mineral Wells SP and Trailway

100 Park Road 71, Mineral Wells, 76067 - PH 940-328-1171 20 W only sites - 8-12 miles trails inside park, 16 miles ride one way to Weathersford outside park.
DIRECTIONS: Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway is located 4 miles east of Mineral Wells on US Highway 180 or 14 miles west of Weatherford on US Highway 180.

Lake Rita Blanca SP

Lake Rita Blanca State Park
c/o Palo Duro Canyon State Park
Route 2 Box 285
Canyon TX 79015
806/488-2227

PARK ACTIVITIES: There are no entrance fees for this park, and approved activities are hiking, horseback riding, and bicycling. Motorized vehicles are not permitted. This is a day-use park. There are 9 miles of trails for hiking, biking, and equestrian purposes. DIRECTIONS: The park is located just south of the City of Dalhart off of US Highway 385/87 and FM 281.
(see Palo Duro Canyon SP)

Lake Somerville SP, Birch Creek SP

Birch Creek SP, RR 1 Box 499, Somerville, 77879-9713 - PH 979-535-7763 (North of lake) 10 W only sites - 13 mile trail between Birch Creek SP and Nails Creek SP
(hunting on trail during December, call for information)

 

Lake Somerville SP, Nails Creek SP

Nails Creek SP, RR 1 Box 61C, Ledbetter, 78946-9512 - PH 979-289-2392 (South of lake) 20 W & E sites, 10 primitive sites - trails within the park, plus trail to Birch Creek SP (hunting on trail during December, call for information)

 

Monahans Sandhills SP

P O Box 1738, Monahans, 79756 - PH 915-943-2092
Primitive camping - 600 acres to ride on

 

Palo Duro Canyon SP

RR 2 Box 285, Canyon, 79015 - PH 806-488-2180
10 primitive sites - Pasture and canyon riding
DIRECTIONS: The park is located about 12 miles east of Canyon on State Highway 217.
From Amarillo, take Interstate 27 south to State Highway 217, and go east 8 miles.
Update 2004: 4 nice pipe corrals have been reciently added as part of the equestrian area facilities.
Recently the park also erected two nice shade/rain facilities with picnic tables.

Pedernales Falls SP

RR 1 Box 450, Johnson City, 78636 - PH 830-868-7304
Day use only - 10 miles trails

WARNING - The Pedernales River running through the park can flash flood with little or no warning. The water in the river can rise from a placid stream to a raging torrent in a few minutes. If you are in the river area and notice the water beginning to rise, you should leave the river area IMMEDIATELY. Flash flooding is a common phenomenon in the Texas Hill Country, and park visitors are encouraged to be alert to weather conditions.

San Angelo SP

3900-2 Mercedes, San Angelo, 76901 - PH 325-949-4757 10 W & E sites,
60 primitive sites - 50 miles trails (hunting in winter, call for information)

 

LBJ National Grasslands

Located in North Central Texas, 45 miles northwest of Fort Worth, 9 miles north of Decatur. From I-35 take 380 west or 287 northwest to Decatur. Take Hwy. 730 north out of town 9 miles. Turn left (west) on County Rd. 2461 (also cemetery sign here) and veer to right onto 2560, continue 2.5 miles to Forest Service Rd. 900, turn left over green cattle guard, drive over dam and 2nd cattleguard. Primitive camping only - best sights are just over dam by Little Cottonwood Lake, another mile ahead at TADRA Point or at windmill on FS 900A beyond the plateau.

The Grasslands contain over 22,000 acres of land managed by the U.S. Forest Service (located on Hwy 287 northwest of Decatur). There are 50 miles of well-marked, color-coded trails that expand over the varied terrain (prairie, plateaus, creekbeds, hills, valleys, forests) and offer a challenge to the novice or advanced rider. Many other unmarked trails exist for exploring - and all are sandy except for a few rocks while climbing elevations. There are fishing lakes and over 300 ponds in which to water horses, but there is no potable, running water and only primitive camping allowed (pack it in and pack it out). Currently no park fees. Bed & Barn nearby, offsite.

Texas weather is great riding all year long with the exception of July, August, and part of September. The wildflowers change every 3 weeks at the park and the show lasts for months - fall colors are exceptional due to tree cover. Obtain trail maps at US Forest Service Office. Other riding areas nearby within 1 - 1 1/2 hr. drive.
Grassland Farms
Christina Gokey-Smith
817-929-3109

Grasslands Bed & Barn web page

 

General Texas State Park Information

Use trash facilities when available, otherwise pack out your litter and garbage. Make reservation, especially on weekends, PH 512-389-8900 or INTERNET www.tpwd.state.tx.us or FAX 512-389-8959 or E-MAIL e-mail.reservation~tpwd.state.us
E-mail: Texas State Parks
Texas State Parks web page

 

Almost the Wilderness

Adamsville: New campground in central Texas and am offering overnight sites for horse owners traveling with their horse and also range riding, day riding only or overnight camping Ph# 512 768-3537
Almost the Wilderness web page

 

Yellow Rose Ranch

Tarpley, Our website tells you something about our place which caters to travelers/vactioners who have their own horses and want to stay with them and ride. We do not offer boarding any longer.
We are located about halfway between Bandera and the Lost Maples State Natural area. Beautiful country and our place offers 500 acres with miles of trails, lots of spring fed water with waterfalls, creeks and lakes. Abundant wildlife
Lakeside Lodging is fully furnished including bed and bath linens. Just bring your own groceries and stay a night, a week or a month. Over night rates begin at $95 for our 2br "bunkhouse" with 2br/2b lakeside lodges at $120 per night, and 3br/2bath at $150. Weekly rate is 6 times the daily rate and monthly is 3X the weekly. Guests feed and care for their own horses..no extra charge. Fishing/canoe/swimming...in the lake is no extra charge.
Trophy bass, catfish and perch.
Hank Daughtry 210-698-2001 M-F during business hours.
830-562-3660 - Weekends or Holidays
Yellow Rose Ranch web page

 

Mineral Wells in Mineral Wells, Texas

Mineral Wells: The city and two counties have uprooted the railroad tracks and created a 22-mile bicycling/walking/horse-riding trail from Mineral Wells to Weatherford (home of Dallas' J.R. Ewing, Larry Hagman, and his mother, Mary Martin). There are also 10 miles for horse riders only and places to spend the night with water and electricity and a place to keep your horse.

McKinney Roughs Equesrian and Hiking Park

Austin/Bastrop area: 20 miles EAST of Austin off Hwy 71, on North Pope Bend Rd. 10 miles WEST of Bastrop on the north side of Hwy 71. This is not a state park. It is owned and run by the LCRA (Lower Colorado River Authority) and is approximately 1100 acres of awesome scenery with some 18 miles of riding and hiking trails (probably 12 miles for horses) along the Colorado River and into the surrounding river basin and hills. Fabulous place to train for ENDURANCE RIDING because of the varied terrain and looped trails. Altho it is hilly and somewhat rugged, there is nothing here that is really intimidating to even a beginner rider. No motorized vehicles or bicycles allowed, just horses and hikers.

There is a large sandbar river access at one place, and several trails that run right alongside the river. There are two places on the trails now where hose water and buckets are offered to the horses, in case the NEW river access isn't usable. (We lost the old perfect one to the resort) There are awesome vantage points above the river -- take your camera, you won't believe what you are seeing. The park encompasses 4 ecological zones, so the scenery and terrain are varied, and it is possible to ride this park with no shoes on your horses. The upper level is somewhat rockier, however. Shoes are recommended if you are going more than once.

There are now two trail heads for parking. The smaller one, accessing the dirt trails and SHADE immediately (and highly recommended for unshod horses) is located a bit over a mile off Hwy 71 on North Pope Bend Rd, on the right side of the road very soon after the really bad curve to the left. It has moved closer to the highway, from the old larger location at Windmill Ranch, since the resort started being built in 2004. The other larger trail head is on the north side of Hwy 71, approximately 1/2 mile EAST of the administrative stone gate entrance to McKinney Roughs off Hwy 71. It is difficult to find, especially coming from the Bastrop area (it is behind a hill and can't be seen until you pass it!) but there is a cross-over in front of the turn-in area, and a sign nailed to the fence that says HWY 71 TRAILHEAD. On Pope Bend Rd there is also a sign nailed to a tree saying POPE BEND TRAILHEAD, about 100 yards after the road sign announcing HORSE PARK ENTRANCE.

Both parking lots have water, pens, picnic tables and port-o-pots. Each one operates on the Honor System, and maps and envelopes for the $10 admission price (per horse and rider, per day) are located in the metal boxes under the RULES AND REGS sign. Bring your Coggins papers and leave them in your truck.

The riding park is open from DAWN TIL DUSK every day that it isn't closed due to rainy and wet conditions. You will not get locked in if you are late getting back to your rig. It is highly recommended that you never haul to this park unless you have called to see if it is open. The number is: 1-800-776-5272, ext 7427#, and it is constantly being updated by Mac, the groundskeeper who is in charge of whether or not the trails are open. He often changes the message in the middle of the day, after sun and wind have dried the trails. 1/2 inch of rain will close this park for a day, so never come unless you have called to see if it has rained here! An inch or more will close it for several days.

The trails all have names and are very well marked and well maintained. It is highly recommended that you take the map with you, however, since the loops and terrain make things very confusing. $5 DISCOUNT RIDE TICKETS are available by purchasing a book of 50 tickets for $250 from the LCRA office on Hwy 71, or getting in touch with someone who has them, like Hollis at Happy Horse Hotel (www.happyhorsehotel.com)

The resort that is going in next door has been being built for a year now. There are about 3 miles of trails that we don't have anymore, but most of you will not notice this. New perimeter trails and more loops are being promised, once the resort construction gets further along. Contact Jeff Singleton at LCRA to give him your feedback about this situation: jsinglet@lcra.org

LCRA McKinney Roughs Main Office, off Hwy 71, 9 miles west of Bastrop: 512-303-5073

Trail Message, updated as needed: 1-800-776-5272, ext 7427#
Available 24/7.
Web Page for the
Park: http://www.lcra.org/community/mckr_equestrian_information.html

Updated on April 20, 2005 by: Hollis Wayne
hollis@holliswayne.com
www.happyhorsehotel.com

PH 512-303-5073 Main Office off Hwy 71, 8 miles west of Bastrop
PH 1-800-776-5272 ext 7427 for Trails Open or Closed Report, available daily
Web Page McKinney Roughs


Happy Horse Hotel

Austin/Bastrop area: 20 miles east of Austin off Hwy 71, 2 1/2 miles past the new LCRA McKinney Roughs Equestrian Park. 10 miles west of Bastrop. A private facility built by horse people who live on site, since the horse park is Day Use Only.

The Happy Horse Hotel is located on a wooded site with electric and water hookups for 4-6 rigs and 11 pens and 2 covered stalls for horses. Wooded trails behind camp. There is plenty of gravel parking so you won't get stuck and we can get fairly large rigs in here, up to 50 ft as long as they aren't baby freightliners!

There is a cozy BUNGALOW with heat and AC that sleeps up to 4 people and has a small kitchen. Linens and bedding provided. Outdoor hot shower, unique outhouse, campfires allowed, wood provided, picnic tables on site. Hay available.

A safe, private and secure place for you and your horse, located at the end of a dead end paved road.
McKinney Roughs is 2 1/2 miles away, and ferry service is available. Tents welcome.
Last minute calls encouraged when the weather is looking good. Guided park tours available with advance notice. GOOD maps provided! Discount ride tickets ($5 each) available. Restaurants, feed stores, and live music not far away! Great vacation destination since McKinney Roughs has so many miles of looped dirt trails along the river.

Owners: Hollis Wayne and Beau Graham
PH 512-303-0589
Web Page Happy Horse Hotel

Circle S Guest Ranch

The Circle S Guest Ranch is located in the southeast corner of Haskell County, Texas, which connects with Shackelford, throckmorton and ones counties, approximately 50 miles north of Abilene, on Loop Road, off FM 600.
The lodge and bunkhouses were completed in the summer of 2001. Stables for guest horses will be complete in late March 2002. We have a covered pavillion, sand volleyball court, basketball, bucking barrels, river fishing and 11,000 acres to ride horses, bird watch, camp, etc.

A horseback riding section will be added when our stalls are completed.
(We are also re-habbing our barn).

Directions: We're in Haskell County Northeast of Abilene, Texas.
From Dallas, travel west on 1-20 to 180 (in Weatherford). Take 180 west through Mineral Wells, Breckenridge and Albany.
Outside of Albany, take Highway 6 north towards Leuders.
Before Leuders go North on 142. 142 will head back west and then meet up with Highway 600.
Take 600 north to Loop Rd.
Turn right (east) on Loop Road.
We're about 8 miles down Loop Rd.

1-800-448-5033 or 972-438-7398

Circle S Guest Ranch web page
E-mail: Jacky Sanders, Circle S Guest Ranch

W. Goodrich Jones State Forest Park

Conroe: Purchased by the state of Texas in 1926, the 1,733 acre Jones State Forest is named in honor of W. Goodrich Jones, the founder of the Texas Forestry Association. The Jones State Forest was created, and still operates as, a demonstration and working forest.
Although the forest is not actively managed for recreation, the close proximity to Houston makes it a popular area for the public to enjoy. Among it amenities are a self-guided nature trail, two ponds, picnic area, and parking for horse trailers.
Horse back riding and fishing are allowed, but no hunting. The forest is a wildlife sanctuary and home to the endangered Red Cockaded Woodpecker.
The phone number is 936-273-2261 or 1-888-434-7389
The address is 3128 FM 1488, Conroe, Tx 77384.
E-Mail: W. Goodrich Jones State Forest Park

 

Resort Ranch of Lake Travis

We offer Boarding and guided trail rides on 250 acres of Texas hill Country, with an amazing view of the south shore of Lake Travis. You can bring your own horse our rent one from us.

PH 512-264-2533
Web Page Resort Ranch of Lake Travis

Trinity Trails at Lake Lavon

9 miles of equestrian/hiking trails on Lake Lavon in Collin County, on Corp of Engineers Land.
Two trailheads: Brockdale Park in Lucas and Eastfork Park in Wylie. Both trailheads have pipe fencing, pipe round pen, small pipe holding pens, water, electric and all weather parking surface. Bathrooms near or at trailheads. Trails are wide and extremely well maintained. Suitable for novice riders. Trails have been managed by Trinity Trail Preservation Association (TTPA) since 1997. All maintenance/improvements are accomplished entirely through volunteer labor and donations. TTPA sponsors monthly trail rides & BBQ’s, and has regular fund raising "fun" rides and educational clinics. There is no fee to use these trails and membership in TTPA is not required. Easy comute from Dallas, Hunt and other surrounding counties.

To get directions, map, scheduled events or more information please visit our web page at:
Web Page trinitytrailriders.org

Amy L Andrews
President – TTPA
4947 FM 546
Princeton, TX 75407-4113
972/734-2141

Plowman Creek

Plowman Creek a Corps. of Engineers campground on the northwest side of Lake Whitney GPS coordinate: N32 degrees 03.902 minutes and W097 degrees 29.777 minutes. There is an equestrian camping area with water and electric hookups and 12 miles of trails near the lake. Varied terrain. Equine should be shod for the south trail. Closest town is Kopperl. Biggest town is Cleburne, Texas

I am the assistant director of TETRA Region 8.
There is more information on our TETRA Region 8 website for these parks:
Click on the equestrian trails button when you get to the site.
Web Page TETRA Region 8 website

 

McCown Valley

McCown Valley a Corp. of Engineers campground on the east side of Lake Whitney GPS coordinate: N31 degrees56.641 minutes & W097 degrees 23.672 minutes. This equestrian campground has covered pens for up to 10 horses. water and electric hookups and primitive camping. There is over 2000 acres to ride on. No trails are marked. Sandy trails. Closest town is Whitney, Texas

Submitted By: Kathy S. Duke Click here
I am the assistant director of TETRA Region 8.
There is more information on our TETRA Region 8 website for these parks:
Click on the equestrian trails button when you get to the site.
Web Page TETRA Region 8 website

 

Parrie Haynes

Parrie Haynes Youth Ranch is operated by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept. Located south of Killeen, Texas near Ft. Hood. GPS coordinates are N31 degrees 00.991 minutes and W097 degrees 48.955 minutes. There are 20 equestrian campsites with water and electric plus primitive camping. Over 4000 acres to ride on. Equine should be shod.

I am the assistant director of TETRA Region 8.
There is more information on our TETRA Region 8 website for these parks:
Click on the equestrian trails button when you get to the site.
Web Page TETRA Region 8 website

 

Quail Hollow Camp

Wills Point: We offer daily riding, overnite camping and layover facilities

Located near Wills Point, TX on our 236 Acre ranch with woods, lakes and creeks we offer 19 campsites with water and electric hook-ups at each site.
Campsites are shaded by large oak trees and are close to a 6 Acre lake stocked with bass, perch, bluegill, crappie and catfish. Horse accomodations are 25 x 40' pipe pens located under the roof of our 80 x 150' covered arena.
Arena privileges are included in the camping fees as well as use of the trails.

The ranch is located 50 miles East of Dallas, TX and 50 miles West of Tyler, TX and 12 miles from First Monday Trade Days park in Canton, TX.
From US Hwy 80 go 6 miles East of Wills Point to Edgewood. In Edgewood, go north on FM 859 two miles to FM 1395, turn left onto FM 1395 and go two miles to County Rd 3710 (at the water tower). Turn right onto CR 3710 and go just over a mile to CR 3702 and turn left. Quail Hollow Farm & Camp is the first gate on the left on CR 3702. YOU MUST CALL (903)896-1314 for reservations before hauling.

Prices:
$20 per night w/elect & water
$10 per night no hook-ups
$5 per night for horse pen (no bedding supplied)
$10 per person for dayriders

Quail Hollow Farm
Wills Point
, TX
75169
E-mail: Quail Hollow Farm
Web page Quail Hollow Farm

 

Waxahachie Creek Park

Over 25 miles of trails at Waxahachie Creek Park at Lake Bardwell are open to horseback riding, hiking and bicycles. Large trailer parking area with 4 water/electric hookups and picnic tables with fire rings.
There is an 8 stall barn for horses staying overnight to make camping with horses easier. And a 4 stall barn for day use and/or primitive camping. A 70' long bridge is included on the trail system expanding the trails to the east side of Waxahachie Creek.
Directions:
Bardwell Lake is 30 minutes south of Dallas off Interstate Highway 45 just west of Ennis, Texas on Highway 34. The trails opened to the public on September 20, 2003. The terrain is varied and the trail rider can experience a variety of straight and level trails or trails on low hills with a couple of interesting gullys to cross. There is more information about this trail project at www.tetratrails.com

Click on the region link and then click on Region 8.
www.bardwell.trails.tripod.com
Assistant Director
Kathy Duke
TETRA Region 8 - http://www.tetratrails.com/

The Roughstring Ranch Riding Club

Athens: We have a great little secret here in Athens, it is called:
"The Roughstring Ranch Riding Club".
Ray Weatheread runs it, I am not sure how many miles of trails we have, but it is a great place to go ride, you can set up a primitive camp with arrangements, host trail rides or just ride with good friends here anytime you want.
I would like to see him get more recognition for this place so we won't lose it.
Day fee is only $10.00 per person, you don't have to be shod.

Ranch is located in Athens, Texas, on Highway 175 just 3 miles east of Loop 317, there is a Red & White sign on the North side of the road, just follow that County Road about 1.5 miles and you cannot miss the big red barn.
Contact Ray Weatheread at 903-675-3348, late evenings are better.
I hope you will find time to come visit him there.

Indian Cliffs Ranch

Fabens: (Close to El Paso), Home of the Cattlemen's Steak House.. 20 miles East of El Paso.
Zoo, Treasure Island, Beach, Western Barn, Fort Misery, Horseman's Club, Donkey Rides, hay rides, Private horse corals.
It has stalls, arenas, and about 6000 acres to ride on, including mesas. Cost is $10 per horse per night. No hotel or anything for humans, but you can camp out (tents at least) if you want to.
There is a hotel in Fabens, Fabens Inn 915-764-4800.
Indian Cliffs Ranch
PO box 1056, Fabens, Texas,
79838
, Ph 915-764-2284

 

Whispering Woods Ranch

Sam Rayburn: We are located in East Texas and our place is called Whispering Woods Ranch located near Lake Sam Rayburn north of Jasper Texas and South of Lufkin, Texas. We are 170 miles NE of Houston and approx 200 East of Dallas.
Hwy 255, Sam Rayburn, Texas, Phone (409) 698-3174
E-mail: Whispering Woods Ranch, William Visnoski
Web page Whispering Woods Ranch

 

Jerry Moore

Austin: I have a 2600 acre ranch perfect for mules. Lots of canyons and ridgelines as well as ample flatland.
Oak cedar and pine trees. Live water for fishing and lodging for up to 13 max. Mules for rent or BYOM.
Guide required at least for first day(not included). One hour northwest of Uvalde, Texas.
Two hours from San Antonio. Weekday or weekend. Rates vary based on use of facilities.
Jerry Moore at 512-773-4208.
E-mail: Jerry Moore

 

Jim and Retha Caldwell

Ft. Davis: Are you looking for a new place to ride? We have a 4,000 acre ranch west of Ft. Davis, Texas, just waiting to be ridden. We have a lot of wildlife to see and elevations around 7,000 feet. There are also two sets of pens for your horses and water for them to drink.

We just acquired this ranch and are wanting to find out what kind of interest there would be for a new place to ride for you Texas trailriders.

Just email us and let know us know what you think and we sure do appreciate your response!
E-mail: Jim and Retha Caldwell

 

Rancho Caballo Blanco

La Feria; 25 minutes fro m Mexico and 45 minutes from South Padre Island.
l mile south of Expressway. 20 Acres with many miles of open fields and country roads to ride.
Complete R.V. hookups. In ground whirlpool; tennis court, backetball court, surrounded by beautiful big trees and lots of colorful birds. 4 holding pens and at times 5 acre pastures. Spend a few nites or the winter. Close to town and many fine restuarants and small towns.
Phone 956 797 5846 Cell 956 357 0l52

Oxbow Equestrian Center

Fredericksburg: Facility includes: 28 stall barn, 20 outside runs, 2 arenas, hot walker, wash rack, 40 acres to ride, camper hookups.
Pricing: $20/night/per horse (includes hay). Call for pricing on camper hookup.

Directions to the facility: Oxbow is located just 3 miles south (off of Rt. 87S) from historic Fredericksburg, Texas. Convenient to shopping, weekly festivals, various wineries, the LBJ Ranch and state park, and historic Lukenbach to name a few attractions. Located one hour from downtown San Antonio.

Oxbow Equestrian Center
218 Moellering Rd.
Fredericksburg, TX 78624

Dale Welgehausen, Owner
Ph. 830-997-8637 / 210-863-3516
E-Mail: Oxbow Equestrian Center

 

Granger Lake Willis Creek Equestrian Trails

Granger: Willis Creek Park is located in the gently rolling hills of the Texas Blackland Prairie, in the spring it offers an exceptional array of wildflowers that blanket the landscape.

The park has eight miles of equestrian trails. The trails may also be used for hiking and biking. The terrain is mostly open and flat with clay soil. Much of the trail follows the shoreline. The trails are wagon and cart accessible. Shoes are not needed for equine. Visitors must provide their own equine. NEGATIVE COGGINS REQUIRED.

Call (512) 859-2668 M-F 8-4:30 for trail conditions, hunt schedules and other closure dates or check Granger Lake's web page at www.swf-wc.usace.army.mil/granger
and look under the horse trails tab at the bottom of the page. Park gates are open 6 am to 10 pm. Quiet hours are in effect between 10 pm and 6 am.

Features: Primitive Camping in equestrian area with potable water. Equestrian campers may bring portable pens. Potable water, restrooms, showers, group picnic shelter, covered picnic tables, camping area with electrical hookups (for non equestrian use), dump station, and boat ramp are nearby.

Equestrian/hiking/biking Trails. Motorized vehicles and bicycles prohibited.

Fees: - $4 per vehicle per day or $30 annual pass per vehicle.
- $8 per night primitive camping.

Reservations:

10 primitive camping sites in equestrian area, 5 of which may be reserved. Remaining sites are first come, first served. Camping reservations may be made through the National Reservation System (NRRS) by calling at least 4 days in advance to 1-877-444-6777 or on the internet at www.reserveusa.com.

Location:
Willis Creek Park is on the west shore of Granger Lake off of Highway 95 between Taylor, TX and Granger, TX.

How to Get There:
From Granger: At the blinking light, go south 2.6 miles on Hwy 95.
From Georgetown: Go east on Hwy 29. At the intersection of Hwy 29 and Hwy 95, turn left and go north 2.5 miles on Hwy 95.
From Taylor: At the HEB on Hwy 95 on the north side of Taylor, go north 5.8 miles on Hwy 95.

From Hwy 95 turn onto County Road 346 (at the Willis Creek Park sign) and follow it to the park entrance (the road turns once to the right where it becomes CR 348 and once back to the left). It is about 3.4 miles to the park entrance.

E-Mail: Terry Dolan, Project Coordinator, Granger Lake Equestrian Trails

 

SisterCreek Ranch

Sisterdale, SisterCreek Ranch in Sisterdale, TX. Located approximately 45 miles northwest of San Antonio, TX.
We are at 1818 FM 1376, between Fredericksburg and Boerne.
Please contact Leslie Davis at (830) 324-6525 for more information.
E-mail: SisterCreek Ranch
Web page SisterCreek Ranch

 

Cypress Trails Equestrian Center

Houston: Cypress Trails Equestrian Center is just 20 minutes north of downtown Houston. This ranch is a 7-day a week endurance, pleasure riding and boarding stable. The property adjoins some of the most scenic and challenging trails in Texas, yet only minutes away from George Bush International Airport (IAH).

Darolyn and qualified wranglers offer their national and world-class endurance horses for both pleasure trail riding and competitive endurance riding instruction.

Darolyn provides expert consulting services to the backyard horse owner, as well as the multi-million dollar equine facilities. Darolyn has many years of experience to assist with facilities set-up and design, selecting riding equipment, or purchasing the perfect horse for your specific level and use. Finally, she has the expansive industry contacts to assist you in reaching your goals, timely and cost effectively.

Cypress Trails owner and International Endurance Champion Darolyn Butler, welcomes you to come by and ride for an hour, just for fun or for a day and learn some of the professional techniques of endurance riding from the best.
Location: North of Houston, 1 mi. North of FM 1960. 6 Miles from I-45, 5 Mi. from Highway 59/Humble, TX

Darolyn Butler
21415 Cypresswood Dr. Humble, TX 77338
Phone (281) 446 7232 ** Toll Free (800) 228 8768 ** FAX (281) 446 0113
E-mail: Darolyn Butler, Cypress Trails Equestrian Center
Web page Cypress Trails Adventure Rides

 

Trace Trails

Athens: Trace Trails is located 2 miles west of Athens, TX on CR 3914. Since it's beginning in January 2005, Trace Trails has provided a relaxing and natural atmosphere for horseback riders and their families.
With close to 8 miles of riding trails, Trace Trails makes an easy day long escape from the stress of everyday life.
Bring your horses, your family, and pack a lunch.
C.R. 3914. Athens, Texas 75752
903-258-0054
Web page Trace Trails

 

Ranahan Ranch Productions

Marfa: Come down to the historic Big Bend of Texas and visit rugged canyons, authentic Texas longhorns and native plants and wildlife. Ride our horses or yours through Presidio County south of Marfa Texas.
We offer trail rides, cattle drives, cowboy cooking, wagon rides and even a west Texas shoot out.
This is a working ranch that you will get to see from the inside out. Come be apart of some real ranch work or just come out and see some country that is rarely seen by many people. There are pens and facilities available. Please contact us for exact locations and pricing/availability.
All groups welcome or just bring the family.

Shannon Blackwelder 325-484-3380 E-mail: Shannon Blackwelder, Ranahan Ranch Productions
Web page Ranahan Ranch Productions

 

 

Texas State Park Guide

En Español

 

One of the best ways to experience the great outdoors in Texas is on horseback. You don’t have to be a cowboy to enjoy the fun of trail rides and old-fashioned cookouts. At several parks around the state, you’ll find stables nearby or inside the grounds that rent horses for guided trail rides for riders of all levels of experience. Riders who own their horses can take their equine companions camping with them in a number of state parks that offer special horse-friendly campgrounds and lots of trails.

At Palo Duro Canyon, if you’re tired of hoofing it around those stunning trails on your own, the Old West Stable offers tours of Timbercreek Canyon as well as a special all-day ride to Lighthouse Rock. At Huntsville and Lake Livingston, you can prepare for your early morning ride with a hearty breakfast or wind up your late afternoon ride with a steak dinner.

At Lake Somerville, northwest of Brenham, you’ll find special equestrian campgrounds at both the Birch Creek and Nails Creek units of the park, complete with water troughs and pens for the horses. You and your horse can follow 22 miles of trailway, including the 13-mile stretch that connects the two sections of the park in a scenic loop around the undeveloped west end of the lake. You’ll also find equine campgrounds at San Angelo and Ray Roberts Lake.

The Hill Country State Natural Area offers even more rugged and wild terrain in a remote, secluded retreat that has become a secret paradise for horse lovers. There is a group camp with a large barn and water for horses, as well as five developed equestrian sites with corrals or portable stalls and water troughs.