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The rolling hills that surround Possum Kingdom Lake are ideal terrain for both casual and serious hikers and bikers. Numerous trails, shaded from the Texas sun by trees and large boulders, offer refreshing views of the lake. The recently completed Hike & Bike Trail is already a favorite. Wildlife are everywhere, including more than 280 bird species. Enjoying nature at its best can be found on the hiking trails at Possum Kingdom.

Click here for a hike & bike trail map.

Trail Locations

  • A 16 mile hike and bike trail is located off LaVilla Road, Park Road 36 and Burma Road (east side lake area). This trail offers several trailheads with restrooms and public parking. The trail also provides access to the top of a 90' high peak that has an outstanding view of the lake. The trail winds through wooded areas, limestone canyons and the trails peak more than 350 feet above the lake. The trail system was designed to allow the habitat to remain untouched outside of the marked trail, so visitors will enjoy wilderness as it is native to the PK area.
  • One-quarter mile nature trail at Westside Park (west side PK lake area).
  • One-mile hiking trail along the Brazos River (below the dam).
  • These hike and bike trails are free to the public and are available year-around (weather permitting).

PK Hike & Bike Trail Advisory

The Possum Kingdom Trail is a nature trail through a North Texas cedar and oak forest. The trail has a natural surface with a vertical rise of more than 200 feet and requires physical stamina to complete.

  • Persons with heart, respiratory or other medical conditions that may hinder physical exertion and women who are pregnant, are cautioned to consult their physician before attempting to travel this trail. Young children may experience difficulty traveling the trail due to steep inclines and uneven surfaces.
  • The PK trail winds through the natural habitat of numerous plants and animals native to North Texas. Feel free to photograph as you desire, but please do not approach or threaten the wildlife.
  • Remember to dress appropriately for the current weather conditions. This trail can reach temperatures of more than 100° during the summer. Make sure you bring plenty of water with you!
  • Please be advised that due to the composition of the trail surface, the trail may be impassable during and immediately after heavy rain due to mud and runoff.
  • Cell phone service is unreliable in this area.
  • For your safety, please do not venture off the trail. It is highly recommended that visitors do not hike or bike alone.

Trail Rules

  • The Brazos River Authority asks that you help keep the trail a beautiful and safe area for everyone. Please remember the following rules when using the PK Hike and Bike Trail:
  • Pack it in - Pack it out. Trash receptacles are provided at the trailhead and ARE NOT available on the trail. Please take care to dispose of trash in the proper containers.
  • Ride safely. We recommend helmets.
  • Do not approach or feed the animals. The animals you see on the trail are not domesticated. As in any outdoor situation, they may bite or attack and could carry disease. Please be careful!
  • Plan for your trail trip. There are no water fountains on the trail. Please be prepared with water and general hiking necessities before setting out.
  • Keep your pets on a leash at all times. For your pets' safety and the safety of our hikers and mountain bikers, we ask that you keep your pets on a leash.
  • Stay on the trail. Our trail is cut through natural and primitive areas. Please avoid possible injury by staying on the specified trail.
  • Motorized vehicles are not allowed on the trail.
  • Alcoholic beverages are not permitted.

Please report any unsafe trail conditions to: