Park Mid Section Burkett to Cougar Outlook

Best guess is a juvenile Broad-winged hawk. He was very leisurely flying overhead and at one point, he got into a small raptor's territory and the smaller bird chased him off!
User: MikeHikes - 10/3/2014

Location: San Angelo State Park

Difficulty:  Solitude:
Miles Hiked: 9.60 Miles  Elapsed Time: 4 hours, 15 minutes


Out       Burkett Park > Burkett Trail > East Potts Creek > Armadillo > Playground > Flintstone > Cougar Outlook           4.5 miles
Return   Cougar Outlook > service road (West approx .25 miles) > River Bend (SSW) > Turkey Creek > Armadillo > West Potts Creek > Rollercoaster > park road (NNE) > Burkett Park    5.1 miles

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Today I took a leisurely hike through the park midsection.  The temps were in the mid 70's to low 80's and a slight breeze kept insects at bay.  I saw two raptors overhead and although I didn't get a picture due to trees being in the way, I was able to watch an aerial battle between the larger raptor (picture attached) and a small one - the smaller raptor chased the larger bird away.

A couple of snakes were seen as well but since they were not rattlers and did not bother me, no worries!

All in all, it was a very pleasant hike!!


Water, shade, info kiosk and dry toilets available at Burkett Park

Water and shade available at Bell's Point on the outbound portion of the hike.  Bell's Point is near the end of the Playground trail.

Water, shade and info kiosk are available at the Multi-Trail junction where the Turkey Creek, River Bend and Flintstone trails converge.  If you follow my route, you will visit this location on the way out and on the return journey.

Shade and info kiosk are available at the Cougar Outlook.

Log Photos
Overhead Raptor
Area around San Angelo State Park
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