Saturday, May 7, 2016
Hike: Lockhart State Park – various trails
Weather: warm, upper 70s, partly cloudy
Hikers: Ian, Court, Biff
Length: 2.36 miles
Courtney and I went out to Lockhart State Park on a whim on Saturday morning along with Biff. She was moving offices so we had to go down south anyway and we wanted to do something different. Lockhart State Park isn’t very big, but it’s a nice place. It’s about 45 minutes south of Austin just outside the town of Lockhart.
When we got to the headquarters, I decided to bite the bullet and buy a Texas State Parks Pass. It costs $70, but covers entrance fees to any State Park for me and anyone in my car for the year. Well worth it.
There are only a few miles of trails in the park, so we made a loop out of several and got a quick hike in. The trails were well marked and easy to follow. Some elevation change, but not much.
The creek that flows through the park, Clear Fork Plum Creek, was pretty silty due to recent rains and not very pretty, unfortunately. The trail was supposed to cross the creek towards the end, but the creek was pretty high and basically un-fordable, so we had to road walk a bit to get back to the car. Overall a nice hike, albeit short.
Court also insisted on getting pics of the restroom near the trail head, as she said it is the nicest State Park restroom she has ever seen. Ha.