South Shore - Playground parking area to Armadillo Ridge Figure 8

Agarita Berries are being seen
Saw the agarita flowers a while back and now I'm seeing bushes with berries. Not ripe yet but they will be and provide food for the wildlife.
User: MikeHikes - 4/15/2024

Location: San Angelo State Park

Rating: 4stars
Difficulty: halfstar  Solitude: 5stars
Miles Hiked: 10.50 Miles  Elapsed Time: 6 hours


Leg 1 -  Playground parking area > Chaparral > Red Dam Loop > Chaparral > Winding Snake > Burkett Park      3.2 miles

Leg 2 -  Burkett Park > WS to LL Connector > Rollercoaster > West Potts Creek > Potts Creek > Burkett Trail > Burkett Park   3.9 miles

Leg 3 -  Burkett Park > WS to LL Connector> Lanky Lackey > Nature Trail > Horny Toad > Talley Valley > Chaparral > Playground parking area   3.4 miles

Temps started at 68 and ended at 89.  Overcast at first, gradually cleared to mostly cloudy.  Winds started at SW 0-5mph increased to 10-15mph.

A very leisurely hike along dry, easy to see and traverse trails.  LOTS of birds out singing for mates, gathering nest materials and just being visible. Numerous types of Sparrows, a solitary Roadrunner, Mockingbirds, Scissortail Flycatchers, Cardinals, Pyrrhuloxia and Quail were seen.  Reptiles spotted were lizards and a "first of the season" Coachwhip.  Deer and a solitary cotton rat as well as a Mexican ground squirrel were also seen.

Flowers continue to bloom and agarita berries (photo attached) are beginning to appear.  Spring is here and the park is showing it.


Water, shade, info kiosk, toilets and a bicycle repair station are available at Playground parking area.

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

Log Photos
Agarita Berries are being seen
Area around San Angelo State Park
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