South Shore Playground to Armadillo Ridge

Hiking throughout the park, the wind carried the strong scent of vanilla from this plant. The plants are throughout the park and made the hike very enjoyable.
User: MikeHikes - 8/25/2014

Location: San Angelo State Park

Difficulty:  Solitude:
Miles Hiked: 9.50 Miles  Elapsed Time: 4 hours, 15 minutes


Out      Playground parking lot > Chaparral > Red Dam Loop > Chaparral > Winding Snake > Burkett Trail > East Potts Creek > Armadillo Ridge        4.2 miles

Return  Armadillo Ridge Trail (West) > West Potts Creek > Play Ground Trail > Lanky Lackey > Nature Loop > Tasajila Flats > Playground parking lot   5.3 miles

This hike was different from the one taken last week - I went a slightly different route by taking Red Dam Loop.  The other major difference was the abundance of bee brush flowering and perfuming the air with the scent of vanilla.

Surprisingly, I saw four moutain bikers during the hike which is why I rated Solitude at 4.5.  I'm sure seeing only four others on a four hour hike would be considered an extremely small number but at this park it is an unusually large number.

All in all, a very nice hike!!


Water, shade, toilets and an info kiosk are available at the Playground parking lot.

Water, shade, dry toilets and an info kiosk is available at Burkett Park - at the northern end of Winding Snake Trail about 3 miles from the Playground on the route I took.

Log Photos
Vanilla Scented Bee Brush in Abundance!
Area around San Angelo State Park
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