Lockhart State Park

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Trails Information

Trail descriptions and points of interest at Lockhart State Park.

Discover the natural and historical diversity around every turn.

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Regardless of the trail you choose, a unique adventure awaits. Each trail in Lockhart State Park yields dense habitat, opportunities to see wildlife, and historic structures built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) from 1935-38.


All trails allow hiking and biking unless otherwise indicated.

This list may not include all trails in the park.

Trail Distance Time Difficulty Description
Clear Fork Trail 0.4 mi. 20 min. Easy For great views of Clear Fork Creek, take an easy stroll as you wind through this riparian corridor. You will pass some of the biggest trees in the park and see some of the historical CCC-constructed check dams.
Wild Rose Loop 0.4 mi. 20 min. Easy One of the more diverse trails in the park, this short loop winds through habitats of bluestem prairiegrass, Eastern red cedar, and green ash trees. Beware of the thorns of the invasive Macartney rose bush!
Creekview Trail 0.3 mi. 10 min. Easy Enjoy this flat walk along the ridge above Clear Fork Creek to discover a great fishing spot. Continue on to link up to the Fence Line and Persimmon trails.
Hilltop Trail 0.3 mi. 15 min. Moderate Whether ascending or descending this trail, you will move through diverse landscapes with new plants to discover.
Fence Line Trail 0.2 mi. 20 min. Moderate Watch the landscape change as this trail parallels a large portion of the park’s southern boundary.
Persimmon Trail 0.2 mi. 15 min. Challenging Traverse the rugged hillside covered with Texas persimmon trees, and enjoy the shaded journey along the way.
Chisholm Trail 0.7 mi. 15 min. Moderate This trail will take you past the third hole of the golf course to connect with Rattlesnake Run, Comanche Loop, Fence Line Trail or CCC Trail.
Comanche Loop 0.1 mi. 10 min. Easy Named for the vantage point used by Comanche tribes in the past, this relaxing loop yields hilltop views of the entire park and surrounding Lockhart area.
Rattlesnake Run 0.5 mi. 20 min. Challenging The most challenging trail in the park, this trek will place you near the Recreation Hall.
Caddy Trail 0.4 mi. 5 min. Moderate Historically used by caddies to carry golf clubs back to the clubhouse, this path will transport you between the golf course and the Recreation Hall in a short trip with a fairly steep grade.
CCC Trail 0.2 mi. 5 min. Moderate From the back patio of the Recreation Hall there is a pleasant hilltop view of nearby Lockhart. This trail drops off the back patio onto the old CCC concrete steps that lead down the high hill to the golf course and the park road.
List of Trails

Points of Interest

GPS coordinates shown in decimal degrees.

Point Latitude Longitude 360° Views Description
CCC Swimming Pool 29.8534° -97.6968° A view of the original steps into the pool. Turn around to see the old pool walls.

A view over the wall of the pool check dam 
Site of the original swimming pool built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s. Only the pool walls remain today. Peer over the wall to see a CCC-built check dam that holds back the creek and creates an artificial waterfall!
CCC Check Dam 29.8528° -97.6973° A view of the check dam and fishing hole Several check dams dot Clear Fork Creek throughout the park. These water-retention structures were built out of hand-carved stone by the CCC. They create deep pools of water that serve as fishing holes and a source for irrigating the golf course.
Historic Golf Course 29.8517° -97.6983° A view of the historic golf course While the CCC built much of Lockhart State Park in the 1930s, the golf course was mostly constructed by another New Deal program, the Works Progress Administration. Now this historic 9-hole golf course is the last remaining golf course in Texas State Parks.
Latrine Ruins 29.8480° -97.6936° A view of the latrine ruins This concrete-and-wood pit toilet was built by the CCC to serve a picnic area that stretched along this section of hillside. The picnic area is now abandoned, but the old fire pits and trash bins can still be seen along Creekview Trail. 
Recreation Hall 29.8507° -97.6994° A view outside Recreation Hall

A view inside Recreation Hall
Built by the CCC in the 1930s, this building was originally used as the golf course pro shop. Now it is used for public programs, meetings, weddings, and other parties.  Check with park HQ for rental information.
Water Tower 29.8511° -97.6995° A view of the water tower The original water cistern for the CCC Recreation Hall was built in the 1930s.
Old #1 Tee Box 29.8513° -97.6996° A view from Old #1 Tee Box Before the golf course layout was changed in the '70s, this was the "highest tee box in Texas." golfers would tee off over this overlook towards what is now the Number 6 green.
Comanche Loop Scenic View 29.8472° -97.6974° A view from Comanche Loop The Comanche Loop is named for this high vantage point used by local Comanche tribes to spot enemies from afar.
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.
  • 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.

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.