Great Hill Country views, fantastic bird-watching, and very little traffic make this isolated park a great weekend destination. The trail, except for a few pretty hairy spots, is a relatively easy one, made somewhat demanding by two points of fairly extreme elevation change—which you can walk, if you must. If you’re looking to get away from it all, Devil’s River State Natural Area is one of the most remote-feeling parks I’ve encountered in Texas, separated from the middle of nowhere by a 22-mile dirt road.
The trail, which spans some of the highest and lowest reaches of the park’s acreage, is a combination of the wide, gravel park road and a former jeep road that’s grown over into doubletrack. This is Hill Country scenery at its finest and most rugged—outside the abundant live oaks, pretty much everything has a thorn or two on it. Visitation to the park is limited, so reservations are usually necessary. Tread: Mostly dirt doubletrack; part wide gravel road.
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