North Shore Parking Area to Ghost Camp Loop

Mythical White Deer
For years I heard about a mythical "White Deer" at the park - on this hike, I saw it for the first time.
User: MikeHikes - 8/11/2020

Location: San Angelo State Park

Rating: 4point5stars
Difficulty: 1star  Solitude: 4point5stars
Miles Hiked: 8.80 Miles  Elapsed Time: 3 hours, 45 minutes


Out     -   parking area > Bell's Trailhead > Dinosaur Trail > Dinosaur Tracks Viewing Area > Dinosaur Trail > Lower Big Hill > Trailhead to Trailhead (S) > North Scenic Loop > Trailhead to Trailhead (S) > Badlands > River Bend Trail > service road to Ghost Camp     5.7 miles

Return -  Ghost Camp > Lower Ghost Camp Trail > River Bend Campground > Lower Ghost Camp Trail > South Slick Rock Trail > Trailhead to Trailhead (N) > Shady Trail > park road to parking area   3.1 miles

Temp started at 77, ended at 92.  Sunny with few clouds, 10 mph Southerly breeze.

A good hike today! Trails were dry, easy to see and traverse which is not unusual but what made the hike memorable, was the variety of animals spotted.  I saw an armadillo, a skunk, a porcupine, lots of deer and a few birds. Specifically, I observed and photographed, a "white" deer which I'd heard about for years but never saw until today (photo attached).  Of course the deer was extremely spooky so the photo is not the best quality due to the distance involved, nonetheless, the deer is clearly visible and its easy to see, it's coloring is not that of an ordinary deer!


Water, shade, info kiosk and a bicycle repair station available on or near Bell's Trailhead.

Water, shade, and info kiosk available at the Dinosaur Tracks Viewing Area.

Water, shade, info kiosk and dry toilets available at River Bend Campground.



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Mythical White Deer
Area around San Angelo State Park
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