Lake Whitney State Park

Eclipse viewing

Trails Information

Explore a haven on the shore of Lake Whitney.

Illustration of largemouth bass
Largemouth Bass

Discover Texas history and natural beauty as you hike or bike through the tallgrass prairie and oak woodlands of Lake Whitney. Enjoy nature on the family-friendly Two Bridges Trail, or look for wildlife in the changing landscapes of the Towash Forest Trail.

Trails

All trails hiking and biking unless otherwise noted.

This list may not include all trails in the park.

Trail Distance Difficulty Description
Two Bridges Trail 0.9 mi. Easy This hiking and biking loop trail winds through post oak forest. Enjoy the scenery from two wooden bridges that cross small creeks on the trail.
Towash Forest Trail 1.2 mi. Easy Watch for osprey and other birds as you hike or bike this trail. You’ll see a remnant of open prairie and great views of the lake from the shoreline.
List of trails

Points of Interest

GPS coordinates shown in decimal degrees.

Point Latitude Longitude Description
Big Oak 31.9312° -97.3569° One of many beautiful oak trees that grow throughout the park.
Lake View Point 31.9180° -97.3593° Enjoy the breathtaking view of the lake, or try your luck fishing on this peninsula.
Bass Tournament Historical Marker 31.9186° -97.3724° Lake Whitney held the first competitive bass tournament in 1956, known as the Texas State Bass Tournament.
Towash Settlement 31.9220° -97.3723° The ruins of Towash settlement, named for a Hainai Indian Chief, were inundated by Lake Whitney.
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 ride 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 on to both sides of the boat.

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.