The Caprock Canyons State Park Trailway runs 64 miles through some of the most scenic areas in northern Texas. As it travels from South Plains east to Estelline, you’ll see varied views, including range land, fields of cotton and wheat, canyon vistas, and juniper trees. Although unpaved, the trail has a gentle grade for hiking, mountain biking, or horseback riding.
From South Plains to the Clarity Tunnel (about 13 miles), the trail is quite rocky, but the tunnel is spectacular and home to thousands of Mexican free-tailed bats. Other animals you may see on the route include badgers, deer, hawks, turkeys, snakes, lizards, and rabbits.
The trail experience is very remote; be sure to pack plenty of water for the journey.
Parking lots and trail access locations are (from west to east): South Plains, Monk’s Crossing, Quitaque Depot, Turkey Depot, Tampico Siding, Parnell Station, and Estelline.
Note that there is a nominal daily entrance fee for the park. Camping is allowed anywhere along the Trailway for a small additional fee.