Thursday, March 3, 2011

Cleburne State Park -- February 25 - 27, 2011

Cleburne State Park is a 528-acre park that includes a 116-acre, spring-fed lake. The park is located southwest of Fort Worth in Johnson County about 10 miles southwest of Cleburne.

This was our second stay in this park, and I must admit I was disappointed with the trails and the campsites. We stayed in the Poplar Point campground (see map), and there are no level sites in this area. If I were to visit this park again, I would opt to stay in the North Creek campground. Both of these campgrounds offer full hookups. Most of the trees in our campground were cedars and the sites were mainly rocky in nature, but the North Creek campground has oaks, elms, and others, and there is more grass as well.

Our purpose in visiting this park was to meet my brother and his girlfriend for some hiking. We began our hike by taking the Coyote Run Nature Trail near our campground. The trails are not marked, however, and after a mile, we ventured off the main trail on another trail and soon found ourselves, near the front entrance of the park. We had intended to go from the Coyote Run Trail to the Spillway Hiking Trail, but we missed that trail entirely. We did pick up the Fossil Ridge Trail on the west side of the park and followed this back to our campsite.

The trails are challenging for there are numerous ups and downs over lose rock. It is also a challenge to dodge the mountain bike riders who tear down the hills at break-neck speed.

Following the hike, we enjoyed hamburgers. Since the park was under a total burn ban (no open fires, no charcoal fires, etc.), we were forced to use the little side-kick gas grill that came with the trailer. This grill attaches to the outside of the trailer and connects to the propane system. This was only the second time I had used that grill, and we were all impressed by how well the burgers turned out.

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