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Prairie Trail



0.9 mile 1.5 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 36' 11 m
Descent: -48' -15 m
High: 678' 207 m
Low: 636' 194 m


Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 6% (3°)


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An easy loop through the tall grass prairie that has been reestablished for the native wildflowers of the region.

Wes Atchison

Features Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly Easy, well-marked loop, with decent shade in parts and easy access.

Refuge Hours
Winter (Oct-Apr): 8 AM - 5 PM
Summer Weekdays (May-Sept): 7 AM - 5 PM
Summer Weekends (May-Sept): 7 AM - 7 PM

Hardwicke Interpretive Center
Year round 9 AM - 4:30 PM
$5 Adults (13-64)
$2 Children (3-12, under 3 FREE)
$3 Seniors (65+)
$1 Discount per person (with Military ID-Active/Retired)

For more information, visit the park's website.


This trail is a relatively flat loop through a prairie of tall native grasslands and wildflowers. You can access the Prairie Trail from the interpretive center via the Caprock Trail or from the prairie dog parking lot.

Along the trail, you’ll be able to see a grazed pasture housing the bison (seasonal rotations, ask ranger their location first) as well as smaller animals and songbirds meandering through the wooded area. Make sure you stop at the Prairie Dog Town for a glimpse of the social black-tailed critters that are active throughout the year. This is also a good spot to check out local birds of prey soaring high above the grasslands.

Flora & Fauna

The terrain is exposed limestone with areas of sandy-loam where tall grasses thrive. Stop by in the spring to view the wild display of native flowers that attract various butterflies and bees.

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Ancient water flows carved the rock in this area, creating some nice elevation change and scenic views.
Jan 30, 2017 near Lakeside, TX
The Prairie Trail is well defined through the grassland.
Jan 30, 2017 near Lakeside, TX
The Prairie Trail winds through the grassland like a corn maze.
Jan 30, 2017 near Lakeside, TX
The Prairie Trail follows along the fence line of the prairie dog town.
Jan 30, 2017 near Lakeside, TX
Green vegetation emerges once into the tree line.
Jan 30, 2017 near Lakeside, TX
The trailhead for the Oak Motte Trail is well marked.
Jan 2, 2017 near Lakeside, TX

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