Devils River State Natural Area

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Trails Information

Trail descriptions and points of interest at Devils River State Natural Area.

Explore a hidden oasis and peaceful retreat.

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Tropical Parula

Three ecoregions collide at Devils River State Natural Area, making it home to the beautiful tropical parula and Devils River minnow. Hike to Devils River to see Finegan Springs, one of many that supply the river its crystal-clear waters. Enjoy hiking trails, bird-watching and savoring the solitude.

People have appreciated these resources for thousands of years and we hope you do, too.


Trails are hiking and biking.

This list may not include all trails in the park.

Trail Distance Difficulty Description
Newton Loop 0.12 mi. Easy Cactus wrens serenade as you hike down a native plant pathway. View birds from our two blinds. The Newton family once ranched in this area. You can see the historic ranching structures all around.
12-Mile Loop 12.4 mi. Difficult Enjoy spectacular landscape views and encounter historic structures left by the Fawcett family who once ranched this land.
Devils River Trail 0.94 mi. Moderate View the spectacular canyon walls, plant life and wildlife habitat on your hike down to the river.
Finegan Springs Trail 1.0 mi. Moderate Hike along the river through some water crossings to Finegan Springs. Tread lightly. This area is home to lots of wildlife, and bird-watching is great as you hike along to some larger trees near the end of the trail.
List of trails

Points of Interest

GPS coordinates shown in decimal degrees.

Point Latitude Longitude Description
Visitor Center and Exhibits 29.9410° -100.9713° Check-in for registration and orientation. View exhibits about the Natural Area's resources.
Newton Pens Picnic Area 29.9179° -100.9855° A picnic area near historic ranching structures.
Newton Birding Blinds 29.9173° -100.9862° Two birding blinds are located on the Newton Loop, a great place to see the Natural Area's feathery friends.
12-Mile Loop Access Point: Northeast 29.9414° -100.9280° Access point with adjacent parking.
12-Mile Loop Access Point: Southwest 29.9071° -100.9930° Access point with adjacent parking.
River Gate Access Parking Area 29.9039° -100.9943° Park here to hike down to Devils River. One-mile hike.
Devils River Oak Tree 29.8971° -100.9965° This oak tree on the cliff edge provides habitat for our wildlife.
Finegan Springs 29.9000° -100.9982° Finegan Springs, named for a previous property owner, has an impressive supply of 12,000-22,000 gallons per minute, feeding Devils River.
Windmill 29.9125° -100.9688° This windmill is a remnant of the Natural Area's ranching heritage. A good trail reference point at about 2.2 miles from the junction with Devils River Road and 3.8 miles from the 12-Mile Loop parking 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.
  • Weather changes quickly. Check forecasts before you leave and prepare for changes in the weather.
  • You may not be able to connect. It’s a good idea to take along a cell phone and GPS unit, but don’t count on them.
  • Family-friendly fun. Public consumption or display of alcoholic beverages is prohibited and NO glass is permitted at the river.
  • Save wildlife habitat. No ground fires or gathering of firewood.

Trail Etiquette

  • Take only memories and pictures. Disturbing or removing any of the park’s plants, animals or artifacts is a violation of state law.
  • Don’t Pocket the Past. Help preserve Texas heritage. Leave artifacts where you find them and report their location to a ranger.
  • Protect your pets and wildlife. Keep pets on leashes and clean up and dispose of pet waste.
  • Pack it in, pack it out. We’re a remote park with no garbage service, so pack out all your trash and Leave No Trace.