Horny Toad Trail to Flinstone Village

San Angelo, Texas

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Things aren’t always what they appear to be. Take, for instance, the O. C. Fisher Reservoir dam on the edge of the central west Texas town of San Angelo. It appears to have been built to hold back water, in particular the floodwaters of the North Concho River, thereby creating a 5400-acre recreational lake. Or, ponder the shallow depressions patterning the dry creek bed of the nearby Little Foot Draw—simply scour spots in the creek bottom, of course. And then consider the surrounding countryside, which appears to be relatively flat, moderately green and offering little in the way of outdoor pursuits. So it all seems. But scrutiny reveals that the lake, subject to periodic drought, is occasionally reduced to a 400-acre paddle-and-splash. The trail system, 50 miles in all, utilizes park staff–designed routes as well as old cow trails and remnant motorized dirt bike tracks. The trails are meticulously marked and even offer water fountains at strategic intersections.
100 Classic Hikes in Texas

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100 Classic Hikes in Texas

by E. Dan Klepper (The Mountaineers Books)

Things aren’t always what they appear to be. Take, for instance, the O. C. Fisher Reservoir dam on the edge of the central west Texas town of San Angelo. It appears to have been built to hold back water, in particular the floodwaters of the North Concho River, thereby creating a 5400-acre recreational lake. Or, ponder the shallow depressions patterning the dry creek bed of the nearby Little Foot Draw—simply scour spots in the creek bottom, of course. And then consider the surrounding countryside, which appears to be relatively flat, moderately green and offering little in the way of outdoor pursuits. So it all seems. But scrutiny reveals that the lake, subject to periodic drought, is occasionally reduced to a 400-acre paddle-and-splash.

The trail system, 50 miles in all, utilizes park staff–designed routes as well as old cow trails and remnant motorized dirt bike tracks. The trails are meticulously marked and even offer water fountains at strategic intersections.

©  E. Dan Klepper/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: San Angelo
Distance: 3.5
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Best in Spring
Local Contacts: San Angelo State Park
Local Maps: USGS Mount Nebo
Driving Directions: Directions to Horny Toad Trail to Flinstone Village

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May 2018