Plains Junction Trail

Quitaque, Texas

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The “Trailway” of Caprock Canyons State Park is actually an abandoned railroad line outside the main state park boundary that has been spruced up and modified by the Rails-to-Trails program. Once the makeover was completed, the Trailway was turned over to the state park system, and today it functions as a multi-use trail system that spans 64 miles of the northern Texas Panhandle, crossing red dirt cotton fields and climbing the startling Caprock Escarpment on a 7 percent grade. Six consecutive trails and eight trailheads can be accessed via farm-to-market (FM) roads and state highways, allowing hikers to complete the trailway piecemeal or hike it all in one trip by caching water at the trailheads. There are no natural water sources along the trail, so hikers need to carry all their water.

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"The “Trailway” of Caprock Canyons State Park is actually an abandoned railroad line outside the main state park boundary that has been spruced up and modified by the Rails-to-Trails program. Once the makeover was completed, the Trailway was turned over to the state park system, and today it functions as a multi-use trail system that spans 64 miles of the northern Texas Panhandle, crossing red dirt cotton fields and climbing the startling Caprock Escarpment on a 7 percent grade.

Six consecutive trails and eight trailheads can be accessed via farm-to-market (FM) roads and state highways, allowing hikers to complete the trailway piecemeal or hike it all in one trip by caching water at the trailheads. There are no natural water sources along the trail, so hikers need to carry all their water."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Quitaque
Distance: 10
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 6 hours
Season: Best in Spring
Trailhead Elevation: 1,760 feet
Top Elevation: 1,950 feet
Local Contacts: Caprock Canyons State Park
Local Maps: USGS Estelline, Parnell
Driving Directions: Directions to Plains Junction Trail

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May 2018