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Trails Information

A Peaceful Retreat

Large bird in flight
Bald eagle

Enjoy your hike through a park rich in history, where towering pines and hardwoods provide shade and fall color for beauty year-round. Listen for the calls of many species of woodpeckers in the park.

Trails

All trails hiking and biking unless otherwise noted.

This list may not include all trails in the park.

Trail Distance Time Difficulty Description
Bobo's Ferry Trail 0.5 mi. 20 min. Easy This short trail begins at park HQ and follows along a historic wagon trace until it reaches the swim beach parking area.
Volksmarch Trail 0.7 mi. 40 min. Easy This trail is the least challenging and intersects with the Arrowhead Trail which leads to a great view of the lake.
Arrowhead Trail 0.8 mi. 30 min. Easy Take a leisurely hike through the forest. A lovely view of the lake awaits at the shore.
Terrace Trail 0.3 mi. 20 min. Easy This short trail passes through an area that was once farmland. For a longer hike, carefully cross the park road to connect to the Hickory Hollow Nature Trail.
Hickory Hollow Nature Trail 0.7 mi. 1 hr. Moderate To begin and end your adventure at the parking lot, be sure to make the correct turn before entering White Oak Ridge Trail.
White Oak Ridge Trail 1.2 mi. 45 min. Easy Starting at the north end of this trail near the White Oak restroom, hike above the lakeshore to the Hickory Hollow Nature Trail for an additional adventure.
List of Trails

Points of Interest

GPS coordinates shown in decimal degrees.

Point Latitude Longitude Description
Who Traveled Here? 33.2342º -94.2564º Remnants of an old road, or wagon trace, leads to a place near where Samuel Bobo operated a ferry crossing on the Sulphur River. Over 100 years before the construction of Wright Patman Lake, wagon and horse traffic wore down roads into ruts like these more than 3 feet deep.
Sunsets, Soaring and Squadrons 33.2386º -94.2565º Take in this breathtaking view of the 27,025-acre Wright Patman Lake. You may see soaring bald eagles or a squadron of white pelicans fishing for a meal.
Flood to Forest 33.2323º -94.2443º Once an old-growth pine forest, this area was inundated with 10 feet of water during a flood in 2016. The trees you see today are part of reforestation efforts to establish a bottomland hardwood community which better tolerates flooding.
From the Knife-edge of Extinction 33.2296º -94.2327º The Eastern Turkey was once hunted to near extinction. Fortunately, due to restoration efforts these populations now thrive. Learn more about turkey habitat and management efforts at this point.
A Peaceful Place 33.2313º -94.2324º Bring a book and a picnic, and escape the hustle and bustle of life at this bluff overlooking Wilkins Creek cove. You might catch glimpses of a variety of wildlife.
List of Points of Interest

Staying Safe

  • Know your limits. Prepare for sun and heat. Wear sunscreen, insect repellent and appropriate clothing/hiking shoes.
  • Drink plenty of water. Your body quickly loses fluids when you’re on the trail. Bring a quart (32 oz.) of water per hour of activity.
  • Tell others where you’ll be. If possible, avoid exploring alone. Tell someone where you are going and when you plan to return.
  • Wear a helmet when biking. Check with park headquarters to match the trail to your skill level. Wear a helmet to protect yourself in case of a crash.
  • Be careful in the boat. Upon entering or exiting a canoe or kayak, stay low, move slowly and hold onto both sides of the boat. For your safety, all paddlers should wear a personal flotation device (PFD).

Trail Etiquette

  • Trash your trash. Keep the park natural. Pack out all of your trash and Leave No Trace.
  • Leave feeding to nature. Feeding wild animals will make them sick and more likely to harm people.
  • Don’t Pocket the Past. Help preserve Texas heritage. Leave artifacts where you find them and report their location to a ranger.
  • Take only memories and pictures. Disturbing or removing any of the park’s plants, animals or artifacts is a violation of state law.
  • Keep pets on leashes to keep them safe, while protecting wildlife.