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Trails Information

A haven among the pines

Illustration of largemouth bassAt Martin Creek Lake State Park, anglers young and old seek the next big one in the lake, and shaded campsites and trails offer refuge to visitors. Kick back and relax while you're here. 

Trails

All trails are hiking and biking unless otherwise indicated. 

This list may not include all trails in the park.

Trail Distance Difficulty Description
Old Henderson Road Loop 1.2 mi. Moderate Feel history come alive, as you travel down Old Henderson Road, a former trade route between the towns of Henderson and Shreveport.
Harmony Hill Loop 1.5 mi. Easy This path winds through a dense forest, skirting the edge of the former community of Harmony Hill, now a Nationally Registered Historic District. Peer through the trees to catch a glimpse of the town's cemetery, located just outside the park's boundaries.
Island Trails 1.1 mi. Easy Take a walk on the wild side! Explore tall pines and open grasslands, and maybe spot a deer! How do you think the deer got on the island?
List of Trails

Points of Interest

GPS coordinates shown in decimal degrees.

Point Latitude Longitude Description
Power Plant 32.2701° -94.5632° From here, you can see the source of the humming sound heard in parts of the park: the power plant across the lake. It produces enough energy daily to power over a million homes!
Birding 32.2778° -94.5774° Bald eagles and osprey can sometimes be seen on this lake in fall, winter and spring. Take a moment here to scan the waters, and see what birds you can find!
Historic Old Henderson Road 32.2796° -94.5753° Follow in the footsteps of many others before you, and time travel down Old Henderson Road, a remnant of an old trade route from Henderson to Shreveport.
Gas Well Pump 32.2773° -94.5716° Operational before the park opened, this gas well pump has been in place for more than 40 years!
Pine Plantation 32.2768° -94.5694° Notice anything about these trees? They seem evenly spaced, because they are! This area is the last section of an old pine plantation. Take a second and marvel at the almost optical illusion the trees form.
Harmony Hill Cemetery 32.2787° -94.5665° Peer through the trees, just outside the park's boundary, and catch a glimpse of the historic Harmony Hill cemetery, this trail's namesake. The earliest known grave dates back to 1844.
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 mountain biking, check with park headquarters to match the trail to your skill level. Wear a helmet to protect yourself in case of a crash.
  • 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.