This was a spectacular trip in 2012 so let's get warmed up for 2014!
Details: Great beginner trip or warm up for the season ahead! Meet at the South Prong Trailhead at 6pm or just meet at South Prong Primitive camp Friday night when you arrive. Optional to meet Saturday morning at South Prong Primitive Campground. I will be camping Friday night at South Prong Primitive campsite (~ 1.2 miles from trailhead). Saturday morning, we'll pack up and hike the Upper Canyon Trail to Fern Cave, follow the Upper Canyon Trail down to the North Prong campsite , and set up camp at the North Prong Primitive campsite. Total distance between campsites about 4.5 miles. After camp is set up, those who want can day hike the Lower Canyon Trail Loop (6.6 miles) and end up back at camp to relax and have fun Saturday night! Sunday we'll hike out and head home. Drive time from Dallas to the State Park is approximately 5 hrs up US 287. No Dogs allowed. Fees are very low:
Fees: $4 per day per person, on your own.
Camp Fees: $10 per 4 people. Please prepay the host, Tom D. $5 as the campsites are reserved and prepaid. Details in the notes. Prepayments not received by 3/15 will have their RSVP cancelled to make room for other members ;)
Primitive Camping is available along the length of the Trailway: Not needed.
History: Caprock Canyons State Park, 100 miles southeast of Amarillo in Briscoe County, was opened in 1982. It consists of 15,313.6 acres (including the Trailway, a 64.25 mile Rail-to-Trail conversion, acquired by donation in 1992 from a Railroad entrepreneur). This acquisition added recreational adventure, stretching from the western terminus at South Plains up on top of the caprock escarpment to the eastern terminus of Estelline in the Red River Valley. This multi-use trail (hike, bike, and equestrian), opened in 1993, stretches the park through Floyd, Briscoe, and Hall counties crossing 46 bridges and running through Clarity tunnel, one of the last active railroad tunnels in Texas. The 64.25 miles of the Trailway are open to the public from Estelline to South Plains