Yeah, I know. Whenever I go to a new location for hiking, it becomes my new favorite. I can’t say it will always be that way, but it has been lately.
A new favorite: Cleburne State Park. WOW! And one of the best things, it is an all-weather hike due to its rocky nature. There are some trails where you might get mud on your shoes, but very few. Most of the trails would be considered moderate in terms of difficulty. The ratings on the AllTrails.com website are easy, moderate, and difficult. Moderate is a relative term. It could be difficult for anyone not used to hiking off paved trails. This is one of those trails. I did not take a walking stick or trekking poles. On the next trip, I will definitely take my hiking pole. Take at least a hiking pole because there is a lot of loose rock in some areas where you are going down a steep grade. It would be easy to step in the wrong spot and tumble downhill, possibly causing severe injury.
The primary trail I followed was around the outside perimeter of the boundary, which went around Cleburne Lake. Almost the entirety of this trail, which was 3-4 miles, was through a wooded area. There were offshoots from the trail to scenic lookouts, campsite, and lake facilities. I took so many side trips that I couldn’t accurately measure the boundary trail on my pedometer. I hiked all the way around from the parking, around the lake, and back for a bit over 5 miles. I did another mile on a trail leading away from the lake area.
There are also several miles of mountain bike trails a person can hike. I have found that bike trails are less than ideal for hiking. They have a lot of switchbacks and circular trails, so you end up not going anywhere. Bike trails are for exercise and challenges for bike riders and are less about the scenery and going places to see new things.
I could say a lot more about the Cleburne trails, but I will let my camera do the rest of the talking.