Lake Somerville Trailway

Lake Somerville State Park - Nails Creek Unit, Texas

Elevation Gain443ft
Trailhead Elevation264ft
Elevation Min/Max240/303ft
Elevation Start/End264/264ft

Lake Somerville Trailway

Lake Somerville Trailway is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Lee County, Texas. It is within Lake Somerville State Park - Nails Creek Unit. It is two miles long and begins at 264 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 443 feet. This trail connects with the following: Cutoff Trail.

Lake Somerville Trailway Professional Reviews and Guides

"Somerville Lake encompasses 11,460 acres, and its entire 85-mile shoreline is contained within lands managed by either the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers or the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD). The principal watershed of Yegua Creek drains approximately 1,320 square miles, and is dammed by a 20,210-foot-long earthfill embankment (20 miles above its confluence with the Brazos River) near Somerville. The entire area is managed as a recreation area, offering boating, fishing, swimming, and hunting. Two floating marinas and ten boat ramps provide plenty of lake access during normal wet periods. Playgrounds are available at Big Creek, Yegua Creek, and Overlook Park. All-terrain bicycles and horses are also permitted on the trails.

Key birds: Neotropic Cormorant, Wood Duck, and Greater Roadrunner are present year-round. Roseate Spoonbill, Wood Stork, Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Wood Thrush, Prothonotary and Swainson’s Warblers, and Painted Bunting occur in summer. American White Pelican, Bald Eagle, and Fox and Harris’s Sparrows 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 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."

"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."

"A long, easy ride through flat and piney East Texas woodlands, the Somerville Trailway connects the Birch Creek and the Nails Creek units of Lake Somerville State Park. This is a good beginner’s trail, as it offers a place to put in some long miles without any serious technical challenges. The beauty of this trail is something like the beauty of the midwestern prairie—it’s there, but you gotta let yourself appreciate it.

Ultraflat, grassy, and stretching out as far as you can see, the open distance makes for windy days and gigantic skies. Don’t be misled, though: The length of the trail and the fact that there’s not much opportunity to coast make this ride deceivingly tough. You will get a workout. Tread: Mostly doubletrack, with some singletrack and some wide gravel path."

Lake Somerville Trailway Reviews

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Trail was very nice for the beginner that I am. The start from Birch Creek is a little hilly at first with stretches of loose rock, but it is managable. Once you get out into the flatter area it is a nice ride. The wildflowers were amazing. I even raced a wild hog I figured I couldn't do too much but ride, so we raced. The pig left me in the dust. Highly recommended ride for beginners. The initial description is accurate, not much time for coasting so you do get a workout. Bring your camera.
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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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Trail Information

Lake Somerville State Park - Nails Creek Unit
Nearby City
Lake Somerville State Park - Nails Creek Unit
Skill Level
Lake Somerville State Park (Nails Creek) 409-289-2392
Local Contacts
Somerville Trailway map (Lake Somerville State Park), Flag Pond USGS
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Oct 2018