Lake Texana State Park

5.50 Miles
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This is the sign to the park. (Photo by Lone_Star)
Some parts of the trail offer nice shady sections. (Photo by Lone_Star)
Some parts of the lake are marshy. (Photo by Lone_Star)
This is a view of the lake. (Photo by Lone_Star)
The ponds are home to lots of turtles. (Photo by Lone_Star)
Turtles like to warm up in the sun on the logs and branches in the ponds. (Photo by Lone_Star)
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Nice scenic and quiet park.
By BANDA on 5/27/2012
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 9.00 Miles Duration: N/A

For some reason, after many years of hiking and camping in Texas, I had never been to this park. Apparently this is the case for many people, as I was able to secure campsite reservations here for Memorial Day weekend just a few weeks before the date. This lack of popularity is both a blessing and a curse. It is a blessing because the park is quiet, uncrowded, and clean. It is a curse because due to low visitorship TPWD had decided to terminate it's lease of the property and will cease to operate it as a state park soon.

That is a shame, because it is a very pretty park with at least 6 miles of well-maintained hiking trails, spacious shady campsites, numerous lighted fishing piers, and lots of wildlife.

There are a variety of trail types. Some are wooded and shady, others are grassy and sunny. All are level and wide. The park has a trail map online that has good descriptions of them on the back. We were amazed that even on Memorial Day weekend, we saw very few other hikers or bikers on any of the trails. It was very quiet and peaceful. A nice breeze coming over the lake even helped to keep us relatively cool on most hikes and while camping. There is quite a bit of wildlife that can be seen here, especially birds.

This is a great park to hike, fish, and camp in. Go see it while you can!

Nice But Small Scenic Park
By Lone_Star on 2/27/2008
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 6.00 Miles Duration: 2 hours
This is a fairly small state park, but it provides very scenic views of Lake Texana. It caters primarily to campers and fishermen, but there are 6 miles of trails that criss-cross throughout the park. The outer boundary trail is not as scenic as the trails that run through the inner sections of the park. The most scenic trail, in my opinion, is trail 3. BTW, be sure to ask the Park HQ for a trail map since I do not believe it is available for download online.
Hiking this park is easy and can be accomplished in a couple of hours. The trails are wide and very well maintained. There are numerous benches throughout the park to rest underneath the shade of some very nice oak trees.
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