Trails Information

Explore a hidden oasis created by the Civilian Conservation Corps.

Illustration of Northern cardinalGet away from it all on over seven miles of hilly hike and bike trails. There's something for everyone here, from historic picnic spots to prime lake access. Journey through dense shaded forests and wide-open prairies, and find your new favorite spot.

Trails

All trails are hiking and biking unless otherwise indicated. 

This list may not include all trails in the park.

Trail Distance Difficulty Description
Armadillo Trail 1.5 mi. Moderate Wind your way through a dense cedar forest and look for armadillos, foraging for insects in the underbrush. 
Bois d'Arc Trail 2.7 mi. Challenging Many elevation changes and rocky tread make this a rewarding trek. You'll see several picnic spots and fireplaces built by the CCC on this trail.
Gnarly Root Trail 1.6 mi. Easy Travel through a hardwood forest below the dam on this trail, perfect for a quick and shaded hike. Connect with the Bois d'Arc Trail for more miles. 
Lake Loop Trail 1.3 mi. Easy This relatively flat trail circles most of the lake. Bring your fishing rod to cast a line in  a quiet spot, and keep an eye out for wood ducks.
List of Trails

Points of Interest

GPS coordinates shown in decimal degrees.

Point Latitude Longitude Description
Civilian Conservation Corps Pump House 33.5467° -96.1425° Erected in 1936, this tower and well once provided water for the park.
Civilian Conservation Corps Footbridge 33.5444° -96.1418° Cross this historic bridge, constructed by the CCC "boys" in 1935 with local stone.
Civilian Conservation Corps Fireplace and Seating 33.5436° -96.1414° The CCC built these stone fireplaces, grills and tables to blend with the landscape.
Lake Loop Rest Stop 33.5443° -96.1485° Sit back and enjoy a view of the lake from this tranquil spot.
Civilian Conservation Corps Dam 33.5468° -96.1489° This earthen dam holds about 19 million gallons of water in the lake.
Wildflower Field 33.5490° -96.1444° Colorful wildflowers like Indian paintbrush and evening primrose blanket this area.
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 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.
  • Check for trail closures. Certain trails may be closed during prescribed burns or for other resource management work.
  • Potentially harmful plants and animals live here. You’ll see them more easily if you stay on trails. 

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.
  • Take only memories and pictures. Please don't disturb or remove any of the park's plants, animals or artifacts.
  • Keep pets on leashes for their safety, and to protect wildlife.
  • We need to know about your caches. Please check with park headquarters before placing geocaches in in the park.