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Lake Tawakoni State Park Trails Map 10822 FM 2475 Wills Point, TX 75169 (903) 560-7123 www.texasstateparks.org 3 LEGEND POINTS OF INTEREST 5 4 (GPS coordinates shown in degrees, minutes, seconds) 0.13 0.32 Restrooms Parking Headquarters Boat Ramp Group Camping Area Tent Camping Water/Electric Sites Amphitheater Picnic Area Showers Lake Tawakoni 0.05 Spring Point Trail (.43 mi.) Spring Point East Trail (.35 mi.) 0.16 Group Camping Area 0.11 6 0.0 Spring Point Branch Trail (.11 mi.) Spring Point Camping Loop Painted Buntings BRI 6 DG 450' 2 RESTORING A PRAIRIE 31° 50' 35.1" N 95° 59' 38.1" W Prairie restoration projects provide important habitat for many rare plants and animals; imagine vast acres of tallgrass prairie once prominent across the state, now lost to urban development and agriculture. 3 A VIEW OF THE LAKE 32° 51' 8.9" N 95° 59' 39" W For thousands of years, the meandering waters of the Sabine River helped sustain early nomadic hunters and gatherers and later, farmers and ranchers of the 20th century. Today, an over 37,000-acre lake conserves water for recreation, industry, and communities. 4 A TEMPORARY GATHERING 32° 51' 6.7" N 95° 59' 37.9" W A rare occurance in 2007 – a large communal spiderweb covered the trees like a sheet. The web only lasted a few days, and remains one of the largest spiderwebs ever recorded. E 5 FEATHERED FRIENDS 32° 51' 7.3" N 95° 59' 32.8" W Stop and take a moment to enjoy the birds in the wetland and upland habitats. Many species spend part of the winter season here. 6 BUSTLING BOATS 32° 50' 47.6" N 95° 59' 45.4" W View the activities at the boat ramp while you take a break from your hike among the trees. 7 PAIR O' TREES POND 32° 50' 39.12" N 95° 59' 38.75" W Sit and enjoy the sounds of nature near the pond and view the freshwater plants that make this a good fishing spot. White Deer Reach Camping Loop Red Oak Trail (.39 mi.) 0.39 ' 0 45 Farkleberry Trail (.51 mi.) 51 0. 0.15 6 0.1 Blackjack Trail (1.54 mi.) GOING GREEN! 32° 59' 31.2" N 95° 59' 37" W Solar panels are located at more than 15 parks across the state, harvesting energy from the sun, providing power for facilities. 6 6 0. Osage Orange Trail (.82 mi.) 1 0. 22 7 0.28 White Deer Trail (.43 mi.) Pair o' Trees Pond 2 Trail segment distances are measured between trail intersections. All trails hiking and biking unless otherwise indicated. Contour intervals 10 feet. Check with HQ for trail conditions. 4 1.5 SCALE 0 0.1 1 0.2 MILE Y AR ND U BO RK PA No claims are made as to the accuracy of the data or its suitability to a particular use. Map compiled by Texas State Parks staff. In accordance with Texas State Depository Law, this publication is available at the Texas State Publications Clearinghouse and/or Texas Depository Libraries. © 2016 Texas Parks and Wildlife Department PWD MP P4508-0142B (7/16) TPWD receives funds from the USFWS. TPWD prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, and gender, pursuant to state and federal law. To request an accommodation or obtain information in an alternative format, please contact TPWD on a Text Telephone (TDD) at (512) 389-8915 or by Relay Texas at 7-1-1 or (800) 735-2989. If you believe you have been discriminated against by TPWD, please contact TPWD or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office for Diversity and Workforce Management, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041. ' 450 Park Entrance 0' 45 Lake Tawakoni State Park 10822 FM 2475 Wills Point, TX 75169 (903) 560-7123 FOR EMERGENCIES, PLEASE CALL 9-1-1. Enjoy nature’s splendor within a hardwood forest. Far from the city, close to nature, Lake Tawakoni brings life to the forest. Experience nature by bike or foot on the varied trails of the park. Nature is all around us, please respect and enjoy it. TRAIL DIST TIME DIFFICULTY DESCRIPTION FARKLEBERRY TRAIL .51 mi. 15 min. Easy This short trail connects three different trails. Turn right at the crossing to join the Osage Orange looped trail, or turn left for a longer hike down the Blackjack looped trail. OSAGE ORANGE TRAIL .82 mi. 20 min. Easy Named for the fruit of the Osage orange or Bois d’Arc tree, this looped trail joins Red Oak Trail and returns to the crossing. As large as a softball, hard and bumpy, the green-yellowish fruit is important food for wildlife during late summer and early fall. RED OAK TRAIL .39 mi. 15 min. Easy Following the shoreline of Lake Tawakoni just behind the trees, you may observe wildlife among the changing habitat along this short looped trail. BLACKJACK TRAIL 1.54 mi. 2 hrs. Moderate This trail is named for the blackjack oak trees which have grown here for over 50 years. This long, looped trail will bring you back to the crossing. SPRING POINT BRANCH TRAIL .11 mi. 5 min. Easy Spring Point Branch is a short, pleasant trail through an East Texas hardwood forest. Turn around at the T or continue on to the Spring Point Trail. SPRING POINT TRAIL .43 mi. 45 min. Moderate Discover a birders paradise along this trail – beneath the trees, in a pocket prairie, or out on the beach. SPRING POINT EAST TRAIL .35 mi. 20 min. Easy Take this short looped trail out on the point to enjoy a glimpse of the lake. WHITE DEER TRAIL .43 mi. 45 min. Easy Just out of camper’s view, this nature trail may provide some unexpected wildlife viewing opportunities. STAYING SAFE KNOW YOUR LIMITS. Prepare for sun and heat. Wear sunscreen, insect repellent and appropriate clothing/hiking shoes. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER. Your body quickly loses fluids when you’re on the trail. Bring a quart of water per hour of activity. TELL OTHERS WHERE YOU’LL BE. If possible, avoid exploring alone. Tell someone where you are going and when you plan to return. WEAR A HELMET. When biking, check with park HQ to match the ride to your skill level. Wear a helmet to protect yourself in case of a crash. POTENTIALLY HARMFUL PLANTS AND ANIMALS LIVE HERE. Stay on the trail to make them easier to see. YOU MAY NOT BE ABLE TO CONNECT. It’s a good idea to take along a cell phone and GPS unit, but don’t count on them. TRAIL ETIQUETTE Trash your trash. Keep the park natural. Pack out all of your trash and Leave No Trace. Leave feeding to nature. Feeding wild animals will make them sick and more likely to cause harm to people. Take only memories and pictures. Please don’t disturb or remove any of the park’s plants, animals or artifacts. Campfires are permitted only in designated rings. Ground fires are not permitted in the primitive camping area or backcountry trail area. For information on Texas State Parks, visit www.texasstateparks.org Sign up today for free email updates: texasstateparks.org/email /texasparksandwildlife @TPWDparks #TxStateParks Sponsor: Whole Earth Provision Co.