South Shore Playground parking area to Armadillo Ridge

The Monarchs are migrating and this one stopped on a gayfeather to grab a bite.
User: MikeHikes - 10/7/2015

Location: San Angelo State Park

Difficulty:  Solitude:
Miles Hiked: 9.70 Miles  Elapsed Time: 3 hours, 40 minutes


Out     Playground parking area > Tasajilla Flats > Nature Loop > Lanky Lackey > Roller Coaster > West Potts Creek > Armadillo (East) > East Potts Creek          5.5 miles

Return  East Potts Creek > Burkett Trail > Burkett park > Winding Snake > Chaparral > Playground parking area       4.2 miles

Temps in the 80's, mostly steady breeze and partly cloudy.

Lots of birds today -  I spooked two Nighthawks off their perches, three Great Blue Herons flew overhead as did a few Turkey Vultures.  Lots of sparrows, woodpeckers, flickers, etc.  Also saw a single cottontail rabbit. 

The Monarch Butterflies are migrating south so I saw lots of them as well (photo attached).  I know they like milkweed but they also seem to like the purple gayfeathers that are scattered throughout the park.

The trails are looking better because of the vegetation has died back some.  A few places still have over hangs of weeds and the gnats are still active!

All in all, a good hike!


Water, shade, info kiosk and toilets available at Playground parking area.

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

Log Photos
Monarch Butterfly
Area around San Angelo State Park
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