Caprock Canyons State Park Trailway

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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 and Trail Access

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.


Love This Trail

   November, 2014 by carolyn h

Backpacked the entire trail, 64.5 miles, from Estelline to South Plains last week. This is an awesome trail for hiking with an easy grade. Even the sections that are minimally maintained were easy walking. The trail winds through canyon breaks and up more

October 2014 thru-hike of the trailway. South Plains to Estelline (64.2 miles).

   November, 2014 by mountain dew

Finally got back to the trail after an earlier "shakedown" hike on the trailway with my son this summer. This time me, my wife and 12 pound dog thru-hiked the entire 64.2 mile trailway in 5 days during mid-October. We started in South Plains and finished more

Father and son backpacking trip

   July, 2014 by mountain dew

We started at the western terminus, South Plains, and did about 18 miles in two days. We saw deer, snakes, hawks, lizards, frogs, and other wildlife along the way. It was my sons first overnight backpacking trip and he had a blast. We camped on the east more