Lake Livingston State Park

4.81 Miles
300 State Park Rd. 65
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This is the sign to the park. (Photo by Lone_Star)
A view of the piers along the lake. Great fishing spots! (Photo by Lone_Star)
A typical view of the trail. (Photo by Lone_Star)
There are long boardwalks on some parts of the trail that take you to interesting spots like Frog Pond. (Photo by Lone_Star)
Lots of bird and butterflies gather near Duck Pond. (Photo by Lone_Star)
A photo of my friend and her swimming dog. (Photo by Lone_Star)
There is an observation tower and lots of places to catch and clean fish or launch your boat from. (Photo by Lone_Star)
The lake is huge and a nice place to boat and have fun. (Photo by Lone_Star)
The bridge is out on this nature trail. (Photo by Eveline)
Nice are to rest and relax. (Photo by Eveline)
Log Entries
Nice area
By Eveline on 8/16/2014
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 6.20 Miles Duration: N/A

We started from the rangers station and walked three sections.  The first section was on the Pineywood Nature trail. It goes for quite a ways on just dirt trail then there is a boardwalk circle and you come back on the dirt trail.  We then followed a trail with the lake on our left past the store and viewing tower to a distant parking lot and back.  Our last section was with the lake on our right and we went past the Stewert W. Moore nature trail to where the bridge was out and then turned around.

Nice, Large Lake
By Lone_Star on 7/3/2014
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 2.50 Miles Duration: N/A

I went to Lake Livingston mainly to camp overnight and hang out with a friend and her dog.  She kayaked and her dog swam along.  I kayaked a little and then walk around the park a bit.  I had alredy hiked all of the trails in this park a year ago, so I wasn't that motivated to hike all of them again.

Lake Livingston is a nice, large lake and a great place to camp.  If you go on a weekday (like we did), it's virtually empty.  On the weekends, it can become very crowded.

Nice Park, Trails So-So
By Lone_Star on 6/3/2013
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 5.00 Miles Duration: 1 hour, 46 minutes

Lake Livingston State Park is on scenic Lake Livingston.  There are a number of hiking and equestrian trails that run through the park in a "tangled mess".  Some of the trails are only open to equestrians.  I did not realize this until after my hike and I looked at the park map.  There are no signs posted on the trail that indicate they are for horses only, although these trails are wider and less developed than the hiking only trails.  Fortunately, I hiked in the late afternoon just prior to dusk and I did not run into any equestrians on the trail.

There isn't a lot to see, although the trail takes you to places like Duck Pond (where I did not see any ducks).  The Pineywoods Nature Trail and the Oak Flats Nature Trail do have a number of informative displays to help you learn more about the trees, habitats, animals, etc.

There are some other trails in the park that I did not hike for two reasons.  First, I ran out of daylight.  Second, the other trails mostly take you very close to and/or through campsites, so I did not want to hike through those areas early the next morning when people were sleeping or just getting up.  From what I could see on the map, the other trails didn't seem to provide anything compelling, except for a few places to view the lake.

Great trails
By Eveline on 3/16/2013
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 6.20 Miles Duration: N/A

We started at ranger's office and walked out to and around the Piney Woods Loop and back.  We then walked out and back on the Livingston Trail skipping the loop on it where the bridge is out.

By beckyhusband on 11/28/2010
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 1.00 Mile Duration: N/A

it was well maintained but the dry weather had both the frog and duck pond dried up, the trail cuts through the sewer treatment area

February solitude
By yeiyel on 2/9/2008
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 6.50 Miles Duration: N/A

Cool morning with a beautiful sunny day. It's not too thrilling in the piney woods of east Texas during this time of year when there is very little foliage. The solitude was great we never saw anyone else.  This would be better in another month but we were just passing through.

Camp out with Troop
By davidarnett on 7/1/2001
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 3.00 Miles Duration: N/A
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