Lake Somerville Trailway Professional Reviews and Guides
"About 20 miles NE of Giddings. An easy day hike through the back country of Lake Somerville State Park. Special Attractions: Spring wildflowers. Permit required for camping."
--Laurence Parent, Hiking Texas (Falcon Guides).
"The Lake Somerville Trailway system connects the park’s Birch Creek Unit on the north shore of the lake with the Nails Creek Unit on its south shore, on gently rolling terrain. It passes through dense stands of yaupon and post oak, hickory, blackjack oak, and water oak, by scenic overlooks, and over flowing streams. Impressive displays of spring wildflowers can be found along the way."
--Melissa Gaskill, Best Hikes with Dogs: Texas Hill Country & Gulf Coast (The Mountaineers Books).
This short trail is a loop on the Somerville Trail. The whole actual trail joins two state parks (Nails Creek and Birch Creek) and goes for 13 miles. I hiked the whole thing on Good Friday in perfect overcast weather. The walk along the Flag Pond was amazing with thousands of water birds nesting. Then I came to Newman Bottoms portion of the trail to find fishermen catching limits of bass up the Yegua Creek in spawn. I pushed on through one small boring section between the two state parks. Then arrived to see the view of Lake Somerville at Birch Creek Park. It was a great hike. I was the sole hiker that day, but there were a couple of bikers. The trail is designated for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. It is 26 miles round trip, but if you want to camp overnight there are primitive sites. There are also six shelters and several latrines along the way. I was lucky to have my husband pick me up at the end of the trail and drive me back to my car, so I only did the 13 miles. It was a hike to remember!
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