Winter Hiking at the LBJ National Grasslands


One of our favorite places to hike is the Caddo LBJ National Grasslands out of Decatur, Texas. We can escape the city for a time and there are miles and miles of trails to explore. In February we hiked about 5.25 miles along the red trail. The is about a 9 mile loop but it was Super Bowl Sunday and there were things to do later in the day.

Bear got to wear his pack again and I filled his hydro-packs up about 3/4 of the way full versus the 1/2 from the last hike. The extra weight didn’t slow him down much but towards the end the pep was ebbing out of his step. He is getting better about wearing the pack and gives us the pathetic look less often when we put it on him. After the first 5 minutes or so, he does seem to mind wearing it at all.

This hike was on a nice day and we did share the trail with a number of riders on horseback. I’m not 100% sure about who is supposed to yield to who on the trail in this case but I choose to yield to large, often skittish, animals. I am familiar with horses and a lot of them do not like sudden changes in their environment such as unknown people and a curious dog on the trail. There were three horses that stepped off the trail to get farther from Bear and he was only sniffing at them, no barking, just quiet curiosity.

The grasslands always have consistent trails, you do not have to pre-book to visit like many of the state parks now and the fee is a simple $10 per vehicle. Let me know your favorite hikes in the comments. Remember to leave no trace and safe travels.

See the LBJ National Grasslands in Other Seasons

Thank you KW Photography for allowing me to use your wonderful photos!

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4 comments on “Winter Hiking at the LBJ National Grasslands”

  1. What I’ve seen on Colorado trailhead signs is that everyone (meaning hikers and bikers) should yield to horses. Specifically, if you’re on a hill it says to step off the trail on the downhill side to let the horses pass.

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