Trails

Jed Johnson Tower Trail 

Open Season:  Open year-round 

Length: 0.5 mile 

Location of trail: Jed Johnson Lake Parking Area 

Surface : Dirt, Gravel, Rock 

Difficulty: Easy 

This easy half-mile (0.5 mile), kid friendly hike follows portions of the shoreline of Jed Johnson Lake offering spectacular views of the lake and the surrounding landscape from the base of the Civilian Conservation Corps built observation tower. The observation tower is not open to public.  

Environmental Education Center Trail 

Open Season: Open year-round 

Length: 0.1 mile 

Location of trail: Environmental Education Center Parking Area 

Surface :  Paved 

Difficulty: Easy 

This short (0.1 mile), but fully accessible trail tours the grounds around the Environmental Education Center and Quanah Parker Lake. 

Quanah Parker Lake Trail 

Open Season: Open year-round 

Length: 0.4 mile 

Location of trail: Environmental Education Center Parking Area, Doris Campground 

Surface: Gravel, Dirt 

Difficulty: Easy 

Take a quick (0.4 mile) stroll across Quanah Parker Lake via bridge and through the trees along the shore using this trail linking Doris Campground to the Environmental Education Center, or vice versa. ***Visitors not camping in Doris Campground should not enter the campgrounds.*** 

Little Baldy Trail 

Open Season: Open year-round 

Length: 0.8 mile 

Location of trail: Quanah Parker Dam 

Surface: Gravel, Rock, Dirt 

Difficulty: Moderate 

Gain some elevation and test yourself by tackling the Little Baldy Trail (0.8 mile). Scramble to the top of this mountain for a beautiful view of Quanah Parker Lake and the surrounding peaks. 

Osage Lake 

Open Season: Open year-round 

Length: 0.6 mile 

Location of trail:  Osage Lake Parking Area 

Surface: Gravel, Dirt, Rock 

Difficulty: Easy 

Fishing and hiking aren’t always mutually exclusive. This quick track (0.6 mile) will land you on the shore of Osage Lake and a prime spot for bluegill and crappie fishing. 

Burford Lake Trail 

Open Season: Open year-round 

Length: 0.5 mile 

Location of trail: Burford Lake Parking Area 

Surface :  Dirt, Gravel, Rock 

Difficulty: Easy 

Nature is only a few steps away from the parking lot along the Burford Lake Trail. Skirting the edges of Burford Lake, this trail offers informational waysides and opportunities to experience the varied landscape (i.e. prairie, lake, forest, rocks). 

Narrows Trail 

Open Season: Open year-round 

Length: 0.8 mile 

Location of trail: Boulder Cabin Picnic Area 

Surface : Loose Gravel, Rocks 

Difficulty: Moderate 

If you’re up for a bit of a challenge, the Narrows Trail (0.8 mile) offers stunning views and, depending on the season, fun obstacles like a stream crossing. 

Kite Trail 

Open Season: Open year-round 

Length:  1.1 mile 

Location of trail: Lost Lake or south Boulder Picnic Area 

Surface :  Gravel, Dirt, Rock 

Difficulty: Moderate 

If you’re looking for a hike with scenery, the Kite Trail (1.1 mile) meanders along a canyon rim with breathtaking views of Forty Foot Hole. 

Bison Trail, Dog Run Hollow Trail System  

Open Season: Open year-round  

Length: 1.5 mile  

Location of trail:  French Lake Parking Area, Dog Run Hollow Trailhead 

Surface:  Dirt, Rock, Gravel 

Difficulty: Moderate  

Go the distance on the Bison Trail. This lengthy (6 mile) trail is perfect for leisurely strolls near the shore of French Lake, alongside Cache Creek, and through the mixed grass prairie. Hikers should bring plenty of water, especially during the warm months, as this trail has very little shade.  

Longhorn Trail, Dog Run Hollow Trail System  

Open Season: Open year-round  

Length: 1.5 mile  

Location of trail:  French Lake Parking Area,  

Surface:  Dirt, Rock, Gravel 

Difficulty: Easy  

Similar to the Elk Trail, the Longhorn Trail (1.5 miles) joins the Bison Trail creating a shorter loop to explore the prairie. Stretch your legs on the Longhorn, or really push yourself by completing the entire Dog Run Hollow System. 

Elk Trail, Dog Run Hollow Trail System  

Open Season: Open year-round  

Length: 0.7 mile  

Location of trail:  French Lake Parking Area  

Surface: Dirt, Rock, Gravel 

Difficulty: Easy  

This short stretch (0.7 mile) connects to the Bison Trail providing an easy but shorter loop to look for wildlife or stroll along the shore of French Lake. 

LETRA Trail  

Open Season: Open year-round  

Length: 1 mile  

Location of trail: Lake Elmer Thomas Parking Areas 

Surface: Paved   

Difficulty: Easy  

Perfect for wheelchairs, bicycles, strollers, etc., this fully accessible, paved 1 mile trail wanders past the historic Wichita Mountains gate and provides glimpses of Lake Elmer Thomas. 

Elk Mountain Trail 

Open Season: Open year-round 

Length:  1.1 Miles  

Location of trail: Sunset Picnic Area 

Surface:  Rock, Dirt, Gravel 

Difficulty: Difficult 

Located in the Charon’s Garden Wilderness Area, the Elk Mountain Trail is a rocky route with seemingly endless stone stairs. It requires plenty of water, a map, and some preparation. 

Charon’s Garden Trail 

Open Season: Open year-round 

Length: 2.4 miles 

Location of trail: Sunset Picnic Area, Treasure Lake Parking Area 

Surface:  Dirt, Rock, Gravel 

Difficulty: Difficult 

This trail isn’t for the faint of heart. This 2.4 mile trek begins at the Sunset trailhead and stretches across the Charon’s Garden Wilderness Area to Treasure Lake. If you plan to hike through make sure you are fully prepared, have plenty of water, and a pick up planned.  

Charon's Garden Trail

Trail Length (mi)
2.52
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Elk Mountain Trail

Trail Length (mi)
1.24
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Burford Lake Trail

Trail Length (mi)
0.43
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Jed Johnson Tower Trail

Trail Length (mi)
0.52
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LETRA Connection Trail

Trail Length (mi)
0.32
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Longhorn Trail

Trail Length (mi)
0.51
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Quanah Parker Trail

Trail Length (mi)
0.56
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Little Baldy Trail

Trail Length (mi)
0.86
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Cedar Planting Trail

Trail Length (mi)
0.51
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The Narrows Trail

Trail Length (mi)
0.33
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