Coyote Run/Spillway Trail

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User: Craig Clotfelter - 4/1/2007

Location: Cleburne State Park

Rating: 4stars
Difficulty: 3stars  Solitude: 2stars
Miles Hiked: 6.70 Miles  Elapsed Time: 4 hours, 30 minutes


I used to be a regular on this trail taking my dog for a walk on it about once a week.  I would either start from the Coyote Run end and go to the Spillway end and back or vice versa. There is a spot about halfway through where you can duck down the lakeside and take a dip. I like this aspect since it wasn't in a designated swimming area I would let my pooch take a good swim. Every once and awhile we would practice retrieval of decoys. Another nice plus is that the trail is well shaded in most areas. This length of th trail can be a little steep and rocky in spots but nothing unmanageable. There is a small steep spot around the spillway. The Camp Creek/Fossil Ridge/Whispering Meadow leg isn't quite as scenic and follows the fenceline a good bit of the way. The local mountain biking community has left a few amusing signs along this leg. There is one spot along this leg in particular that is a bit 'fun' on foot. I don't know how those folks on mountain bikes manage it. The entire loop is very popular with mountain bikers BTW. I think the local group is out there every Saturday morning at 10 AM. Just be prepared to yield when they coming barrelling over a hill. Its also always good for a giggle too when you see some poor bloke hefting his bike up the hill because it was too steep or they broke something. Supposedly the lake is one of the premier bass fishing spots in the state. The whole park can be quite busy during holiday weekends so be warned and be ready to run across a gaggle of scout troops. The shade along the trails makes this a reasonable trail compared to others during the 'hot' season.

Area around Cleburne State Park
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