Cross Timbers Hiking Trail
The Cross Timbers Hiking Trail is a 14-mile point to point trail built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The trail has been maintained by local Boy Scout groups, the Dallas Chapter of the Sierra Club, the Texoma Outdoor Club, and the Corps. The trail winds above the lake on rocky ledges and through blackjack woodland and has been voted the #1 trail in Texas by Trails.com.
The first half of the trail has several elevation changes and past Rock Creek it levels out with more sparse tree cover. The trail is well marked and miles posts have been erected for reference. Expect a moderate degree of difficulty from the trail, as it is suited for weekend adventures and conditioning for extended trips.
LOCATION: Lake Texoma, 15 miles north of Whitesboro on U.S. 377
DIRECTIONS TO TRAILHEAD: Park at the F area lot at Juniper Point Park West, by the lake, just west of U.S. 377.
DISTANCE: 14 miles one way
FEE OR FREE: Free
CAUTION: Keep an eye out for copperheads and rattlers, and beware of ticks, chiggers, and other biting insects.
Please remember to leave the trail as you found it. The trail was designed for hiking and motor vehicles are prohibited. Obey restrictions and report any violations to a Ranger.
From Juniper Point to Cedar Bayou and back is roughly 5 miles, and Cedar Bayou to Paw Paw Creek and back is 11 miles. A shorter option is to go from Cedar Bayou around Lost Loop and back, which is only 3 miles. On Lost Loop there are two or three places where you can get down to the water’s edge. For directions and information, go to cedarbayou.com.
by CHARLIE LLEWELLIN, Texas Monthly