Livingston Trail

Lake Livingston State Park, Texas

Distance2.4mi
Elevation Gain149ft
Trailhead Elevation149ft
Top153ft
Elevation Min/Max131/153ft
Elevation Start/End149/149ft

Livingston Trail

Livingston Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Polk County, Texas. It is within Lake Livingston State Park. It is 2.4 miles long and begins at 149 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 149 feet. Along the trail there are piers. This trail connects with the following: Headquarters Trail and Horse Trail.

Livingston Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"The Lake Trail is the only hike in Lake Livingston State Park that takes you along the shores of the lake. It winds through the campgrounds and past the fishing piers. Along Lake Livingston, an 84,800-acre reservoir, are the 635.5 acres of Lake Livingston State Park. Along with easy, well-maintained hiking trails with a variety of views, the park offers camping, picnicking, swimming, mountain biking, horseback riding, fishing, and boating.

A special attraction is a 30-foot observation tower, located near the park store and boat ramp, featuring views of the park and the lake. Park vegetation includes loblolly pines and water oak in the pine-oak woodlands. Typical wildlife includes white-tailed deer, raccoons, mallard ducks, swamp rabbits, armadillos, and squirrels. The park is most crowded in the fall and spring on weekends, but summer weekends find very few campers here."

"This hike combines the Pineywoods Nature Trail with the Briar Loop to create a nice hike for young children. It is flat and easy to follow. Along Lake Livingston, an 84,800-acre reservoir, are the 635.5 acres of Lake Livingston State Park. Along with easy, well-maintained hiking trails with a variety of views, the park offers camping, picnicking, swimming, mountain biking, horseback riding, fishing, and boating.

A special attraction is a 30-foot observation tower, located near the park store and boat ramp, offering views of the park and the lake. Park vegetation includes loblolly pines and water oak in the pine-oak woodlands. Typical wildlife includes white-tailed deer, raccoons, mallard ducks, swamp rabbits, armadillos, and squirrels. The park is most crowded in the fall and spring on weekends, but summer weekends find very few campers here."

"The 635-acre state park is primarily a recreation area used by Houston residents and local communities. The park’s 2.5 miles of shoreline provide an excellent base for fishing, boating, and swimming. Picnicking, bicycling, horseback riding, and wildlife observation and photography are also encouraged. The 84,000-acre reservoir, a project of the Trinity River Authority, is especially busy on weekends and holidays.

Key birds: Wood Duck, Pileated Woodpecker, and Brown-headed Nuthatch are present year-round. American White Pelican, Chuckwill’s-widow, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, and Painted Bunting occur in summer. Osprey, Bald Eagle, and LeConte’s Sparrow can usually be found in winter. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, a detailed map, and helpful general information."

"About 5 miles SW of Livingston. An easy day hike through the woods of Lake Livingston State Park. Special Attractions: Lake, lush woods. The Lake Livingston trail is a nice woodland hike, although not especially wild. It passes through several of the campgrounds and developed areas.

The campground makes a good overnight camp area before or after your hike. Pick up a map at the headquarters before starting your hike. Look at it, then throw it away. Actually, the map shows the trails accurately on the west side of the main north-south park road. Unfortunately, the first part of the hike, to the duck pond and beyond, has numerous errors. In particular, it doesn't show a number of confusing cross trails."

"Lake Livingston is an 84,800-acre reservoir on the Trinity River, popular for fishing and boating. The park has campgrounds, boat ramps, fishing areas, a horse stable, a swimming pool, and hiking trails. From the parking lot, walk to the left of the restrooms to pick up the trail. Or, if the trail is hard to make out due to fallen leaves and pine needles, walk to your right along the road and catch it between campsites 143 and 145, where it is more visible.

This soft sand, pine-needle–covered trail meanders along the lakeshore through tall trees, passing through picnic areas and campgrounds with a jaunt into the woods at the other end. Nearly every step of the way is shaded by the towering loblolly pines."

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Trail Information

Lake Livingston State Park
Nearby City
Lake Livingston State Park
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Easy
Skill Level
Lake Livingston State Park
Local Contacts
USGS: Blanchard
Local Maps

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Oct 2018