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Trails Information - South Unit

Choose your trail adventure at San Angelo State Park.

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Whether you’re a mountain biker, equestrian, hiker or trail runner, San Angelo State Park has something for you. Our well-maintained trails offer scenic vistas and the opportunity to glimpse a portion of the official Texas State Longhorn Herd and American bison by guided tour. You’ll discover restored grasslands, interesting rock formations, hardwood river bottoms and amazing wildlife. So hit the trail!

Trails

All trails hiking and biking unless otherwise indicated. On multiuse trails, bikers yield to hikers, and everyone yields to horseback riders.

This list may not include all trails in the park.

Trail Distance Difficulty Description
Roadrunner Trail 3.0 mi.
(round trip)
Easy This easy loop is near the campground and passes by the birdwatching blind. Hiking only.
Pott's Creek Trail System 1.6 mi.
(one-way)
Moderate Pott’s Creek and West Pott’s Creek trails wind through the creek bed and then pop up on top of Armadillo Ridge for a nice view of the area.
Red Dam Loop 0.8 mi.
(one-way)
Moderate Hike in from the Chaparral Trailhead or start at the Chaparral Group Shelter. This trail takes you up on top of a red dirt hill.
Playground Trail 2.0 mi.
(one-way)
Challenging This trail was named for all its twists, turns, ups and downs. It’s a fun mountain bike trail for experienced riders but also an adventurous hike.
Winding Snake Trail 1.4 mi.
(one-way)
Moderate This is a popular trail for beginning and intermediate mountain bikers.
Roller Coaster Trail 1.0 mi.
(one-way)
Challenging Not for the faint of heart, this twisting trail of ups and downs is appropriately named. Enjoy on a mountain bike or on foot.
Turkey Creek Trails 2.0 mi.
(one-way)
Moderate The Turkey Creek Trails are split into equestrian and mountain biking trails, but hikers are welcome on both. It’s a rocky route passing through the creek bed multiple times.
List of Trails

Points of Interest

GPS coordinates shown in decimal degrees.

Point Latitude Longitude 360° Views Description
Chaparral Trailhead 31.4683° -100.5033° View of Chaparral Trailhead The main trailhead in the South Unit of the park to access several trails.
Burkett Trailhead 31.4807° -100.5244° View of Burkett Trailhead Pass north through the masonry gate to access the park's most popular trail area
Bell's Point 31.4872° -100.5412° View from Bell's Point A view above Turkey Creek named in honor of Mr. Bell, a friend of San Angelo State Park.
Five Points 31.4920° -100.5439° View from Five Points Choose your own trail adventure at this major intersection where five trails merge.
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 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 live here. You’ll see them more easily if you stay on the trails.
  • Hunters may be active during hunting season. Check with HQ for more information.

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.
  • Watch for grazing longhorns. Give them plenty of space and do not approach these animals.