Places To Go In Caprock Canyon

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Places To Go In Caprock Canyon

Fern Cave - A rock overhang or grotto with natural springs creating a canyon oasis. Maiden hair ferns grown along the rock crevices while the grotto provides a cool escape from the Texas heat.


Haynes Ridge - The highest portion of the park where switchbacks to the top lead you up approximately 600 feet in a 1/4 mile. Here one can experience a 360 degree scenic view of the park landscape. Note that the hike is strenuous. At least a gallon of water per person is recommended. Visitors are encouraged to plan their hike in advance of canyon heat.

The Natural Bridge - A unique erosion feature, the Natural Bridge takes you under the Eagle Point trail to view gypsum formations.


Clarity Tunnel - One of the last remaining railroad tunnels in Texas, Clarity Tunnel is home to half-a-million Mexican Free-tailed bats each Summer. Boasting a 24 foot height and over 500 ft length, Clarity Tunnel is a magnificent example of railroad engineering and is part of a spur line of the Fort Worth and Denver South Plains railroad, now turned rails to trails system of Caprock Canyons State Park.

The Last Dance - This "hoodoo", a geologic formation that is a tall thin spire of rock is found along the Upper North Prong trail and is called the "Last Dance" because it resembles a couple in a dance-like pose.


Folsom Historical Site - Here you will find yourself going back 10,000 years to learn about the Folsom people and this unique archaeological site. Located at the Interpretive Amphitheater you can see a replica of the archaeological feature found at this site.


The Prairie - Is a relatively flat land area with a mix of restored prairie grasses where the official Texas State Bison Herd spend much of their time.


Honey Flat Prairie Dog Town - This is a great place to observe the interesting behaviors of the black-tailed prairie dog in its natural habitat. Don't be surprised if one barks a scolding at you.


Trails

- Eagle Point Trail (Trail EP) | 2.0 mi | 1.5 hr | Moderate
Experience the scenic transition from plains to canyons down to the Natural Bridge, where erosion has carved a natural "tunnel" underneath the trail.

- Canyon Rim Trail (Trail CR) | 3.0 mi | 2.5 hr | Moderate
Travel along the rim overlooking Holmes Creek Canyon and into the mixed-grass prairie to view wildlife in their native habitat. Enjoy scenic canyon views as the trail continues further down the Caprock Escarpment.

- Old Ranch Road (Trail RR) | 5.9 mi (Round Trip) | 4.5 hr | Moderate
Named for the park's ranching heritage, this trail offers easy to moderate hiking in the canyonland breaks where cattle and cowboys roamed.

- Wild Horse Trail (Trail WH) | 2.3 mi | 1.5 hr | Moderate
Horseback ride or hike on your descent into the Little Red River to take in spectacular canyon views sculpted by wind and water.

- Lower South Prong (Trail SL) | 2.2 mi | 2.0 hr | Moderate
View the brilliant white veins of gypsum exposed by the flow of water along the creek bed as you travel through portions of the Little Red River

- Lower North Prong (Trail NL) | 2.9 mi | 2.0 hr | Moderate
Hike or horseback ride this moderate trail to see the scenic canyon views of the North side of the park where the remote landscape brings you closer to nature

- Mesa Trail (Trail MT) | 3.0 mi (Round Trip) | 2.0 hr | Easy
As its name implies, this easy trail circles around a flat-topped hill with a vantage point offering spectacular views of the Southeast portion of the park

- North Prong Spur (Trail NS) | 1.3 mi | 1.0 hr | Moderate
This moderate multi-use trail ascends up the "saddle" where primitive camping and the Haynes Ridge, Upper North Prong, and Lower North Prong trails can be accessed.

- Haynes Ridge Overlook Trail (Trail HR) | 2.3 mi | 2.5 hr | Very Challenging
Enjoy unmatched views of the Caprock landscape on our most popular trail leading up to the highest portion of the park. This trail offers a gratifying hiking challenge that is well worth the effort traverse the 600-foot ascent.

- Upper south Prong (Trail SU) | 2.6 mi | 2.0 hr | Challenging
Journey on a hike through time. See exposed geologic formations and rock fins millions of years in the making, and spectacular canyon views

- Upper North Prong (Trail NU) | 2.0 mi | 2.0 hr | Challenging
Follow this moderate to challenging trail where erosion has sculpted beautiful hoodoos such as the "Last Dance" into amazing works of art. Continue down the trail to enjoy an oasis of maidenhair ferns and natural springs at scenic "Fern Cave".






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