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Primitive Camping Trail



2.2 mile 3.5 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 89' 27 m
Descent: -142' -43 m
High: 955' 291 m
Low: 894' 272 m


Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)


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A nice singletrack trail that highlights the best of the Cross Timbers area.

John Shuttlesworth

Features Birding · Lake · Views · Wildlife

All restrictions or alerts can be viewed at the park's website. This portion of trail, with the exception of the part shared with the Green Trail, is open to foot traffic only.


This trail begins at the Cross Timbers parking area just beyond the equestrian camping loop. You'll exit the parking area to the right of the main gated entrance. The trail is marked with purple trail signs to ease navigation as you travel through both wooded sections and open fields.

The first 0.75 miles of this trail are riddled with steep climbs and large rocks so care is needed when traversing this section. There are infinite tripping and fall hazards so mind your footing and take your time. You can bypass this section by following the Cross Timbers Black Trail for about the same distance at which point this trail intersects its path.

Once this path crosses the Black Trail, the terrain evens out and the trail surface quickly turns to a sandy soft path. You continue traveling through mostly wooded, small growth forest for another mile or so where the trail connects with and mirrors a portion of the Cross Timbers Green Trail. This portion of trail is doubletrack with sweeping views of wildflowers and the distant rolling hills. This section can be very hot during late spring and summer as there is little shade to be found, so bring plenty of water and a hat.

As the Cross Timbers Green Trail turns towards the east, your trail will break off and continue in a northerly direction. You eventually cross a paved road that is overgrown and resembles something that belongs in a post-apocalyptic movie set.

After crossing the road, you travel a short distance before entering the primitive camping area. This trail is really the best of the different portions of the Cross Timbers hiking area. Whether you plan to camp or not, it is definitely worth the trek.

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Information on the local flora and fauna can be found on the park's website.

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Nov 23, 2018
Erik Lackey
Went out on the Cross Timbers (black) and headed north until the second bisection with the Primitive Camp trail (purple). Came back via the Primiti… 3mi
Jul 27, 2017
Yecenia Ponciano

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