Short Loop Trail

Entrance Off FM1488
This is the entrance to the trail as seen from the shoulder of FM1488.
User: Lone_Star - 2/2/2013

Location: Sweetleaf Nature Trail

Rating: 2stars
Difficulty: 1point5stars  Solitude: 1star
Miles Hiked: 1.00 Mile  Elapsed Time: 45 minutes


Sweetleaf Nature Trail sits right off FM1488.  You have to be on the lookout for it because there's only a small sign indicating where it is.  You might miss it while speeding down FM1488 at 60mph.

On the day I went, the gate to the dirt road entrance was closed.  Fortunately, right across the street is the WG Jones State Forest recreation area which has a small dirt parking lot.

After braving the crossing of FM1488 on foot, I stepped over the gate and walked about 1/4 mile before getting to the nature trailhead.  The trail basically parallels a small meandering stream.  The trail is well-marked and has many wood bridges along the way to help improve footing.  At the far-end of the loop, there is a small suspension bridge which is kind of fun since it flexes and swings when you walk across it.  Kids will love it.

I did see a deer, but there's not much solitude because of the noise of traffic roaring down FM1488 nearby.  It is a cool, little escape, however, if you want a getaway.

Log Photos
Entrance Off FM1488
Trail Map
Tenderfoot Bridge
Swinging Bridge
Outdoor Classes
Area around Sweetleaf Nature Trail
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