Trails Information

Discover natural treasures on the shore of Lake Arrowhead.

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Explore rolling prairie, woodlands, and shoreline from over 5 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails at Lake Arrowhead State Park. Enjoy nature on the family-friendly Dragonfly Trail, hike to a scenic overlook on the Mesquite Ridge Trail, or wind through changing landscapes on the Onion Creek Trail. Also, don’t miss the park’s 18-hole disc golf course!

Trails

All trails are multiuse unless otherwise indicated.

This list not include all trails in the park.

Trail Distance Difficulty Description
Dragonfly Trail 0.5 mi. Easy Learn about the park’s wildlife and native plants on this family-friendly self-guided nature trail.
Onion Creek Trail 4.4 mi. Easy Look for changing landscapes as you explore prairies, woodlands and marshes on this level hiking, biking and equestrian trail.
Mesquite Ridge Trail 0.6 mi. Moderate Hike or bike to an expansive overlook on this scenic trail connecting Onion Creek Trail with the campgrounds.
List of Trails

Points of Interest

GPS coordinates shown in decimal degrees.

Point Latitude Longitude Description
Wild Plum Thicket 33.7439° -98.3911° Look for fragrant white flowers in early spring, and birds enjoying the fruit in summer.
High Water Crossing 33.7481° -98.3920° Watch your step! When Lake Arrowhead is full, water crosses the trail here.
Disc Golf Course 33.7525° -98.3937° Tee off here at the park’s 18-hole disc golf course.
Mesquite Ridge Overlook 33.7602° -98.3901° Have a seat at a shaded bench and enjoy the view from this scenic overlook.
"The Horn" Tunnel 33.7648° -98.3884° “The Horn” passes under FM 2606 and leads to the north side of the park.
Sandstone Outcrop 33.7703° -98.3870° Tread lightly past this sandstone outcrop - the colorful lichens take decades to grow.
Waterfowl Viewing 33.7723° -98.3861° See if you can spot cormorants, egrets, ducks or osprey at this quiet spot.
Spillway Overlook 33.7659° -98.3864° Take in the view of Lake Arrowhead's spillway from this scenic overlook.
Oil Well Pumpjack 33.7588° -98.3873° Learn about Texas oil history at this active well, completed in 1952.
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 HQ to match the trail to your skill level. Wear a helmet to protect yourself in case of a crash.
  • Potentially harmful plants and animals may live here. You see them more easily if you stay on the trails. Do not approach wildlife!
  • Wear a life jacket. The law requires that all children under age 13 wear one with adult supervision while boating.

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.
  • Use only your muscles. To protect park resources, no motor vehicles are allowed on the trails.
  • Share the trail. Hikers yield to equestrians; bikers yield to hikers and equestrians.