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Black Creek Reservoir Trailhead - LBJ Multi-Use Trail - Combo Dayhike/Camping

I am thrilled there has been enough interest to turn this into an official event.  Therefore I’ve added some details and changed the trailhead meet location to accommodate both day hikers and those who wish to camp overnight.

-Hike Itinerary-
The new meeting place is Black Creek Reservoir, about 5 miles from the first posted trailhead.  See the bottom of the page for the link to the Google map and directions.
This is a rain or shine event.  We will hike approximately 10 miles (the red trail on the map) over mostly easy flat terrain.  I anticipate this will take about 5-6 hours to hike the loop.  We will stop for lunch at the windmill.

LBJ Multi Use Trail Map


There is no treated water available.  Please bring at least 1 liter of water with you.  There is non-potable water available at the windmill, but will need to be filtered or treated.

-Overnight Car Camping-
For those who wish to camp overnight, the loop will return us to Black Creek Reservoir where there are established primitive camping spaces with fire rings, picnic tables, and pit toilets.  NO WATER IS AVAILABLE.  There is a $5 fee to camp at the campground.  The best sites are on the other side of the defunct bridge, but that requires a short hike (1/4 mile).  Because there’s a hike required to get to the sites, they’re deserted and quiet most of the time.  We will be close enough to the cars to call this a "car camping" overnighter.


-Burn Ban Lifted!!-
The burn ban has been lifted.  However, campfires are only permitted within the fire rings at the Black Creek campground.  You may cook using camp stoves anywhere within the grasslands.


-About the Lyndon B. Johnson National Grasslands-
The Lyndon B Johnson National Grasslands is located right outside Decatur off 287. The grasslands are a patchwork of land that is used for grazing cattle, hunting, hiking, and soil conservation.
There are 75 miles of trails located inside the Grasslands area. The trails are used by hikers, bikers, and horseback riders. The trail surfaces range from sandy to hard-packed clay. The terrain is mostly flat and easy, but there are a few hills. There are several windmills dispersed along the trails to provide pumped well water (which still needs to be treated).


-Directions and Maps-
Google Maps:  Black Creek Lake

LBJ Multi Use Trail Map

Good Ol’ Fashioned Directions:
From Decatur, follow U.S. Highway 81/287 north 4 ½ miles, turn right on Wise County Road 2175 at the rest area, cross over RR tracks, go 1 mile and turn left on Old Decatur Road. Go 4 miles, turn right on CR 2372; then go 2 miles and turn left on CR 2461 for ½ mile. After crossing the bridge, turn left on FS Road 902 for ¾ mile.

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  • Matt D

    Great hike, with participation from hikers.

    April 3

    • Della M.

      Yes, I was soooo lost at a couple points during the hike. I learned so much that day. Thanks to everyone for sticking with me while I learned how to lead an event.

      April 5

  • Della M.

    This was the first meetup I hosted.

    1 · April 3

  • Bob S.

    Great.

    February 6, 2013

  • ¡oʞɐsɐW

    I enjoyed the hike and meeting most of y'all!

    I just wanted to share an up coming event at downtown Dallas arts district on Feb. 15th, Friday night for Chinese New year celebration! Year of the Snake!

    http://crowcollection.org/event_view.aspx?eventID=5871

    I leave the info here but please share with anyone interested!
    Cheers!

    February 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I didn't take a lot of pictures this time since I was busy training Arya on proper trail etiquette. I do however have a map of our path if anybody is curious. http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=2003660&code=bedb753bef59450a5afa1a87859d6019

    1 · February 3, 2013

    • Della M.

      Lol, so true about the wonky trail track. Thanks for putting the stats up Tiffany. I dont think we had to see the track to know that was a damn long hike! Im feeling it today! Hope Arya is sleeping like a rock, I know my two are.

      February 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The meetup was fun. Very nice people. Thank to bob for lending/giving me two dollars since I didn't have change for parking. I left right after the hike, hopefully the camping was as much fun as the hike.

    February 3, 2013

  • Laura

    I agree with the previous comments in that it was a great hike! And what a gorgeous day! Thanks to Della for hosting.

    February 3, 2013

  • Nicole

    It was a really nice and relaxing hike with awesome people! I enjoyed meeting everyone!

    February 3, 2013

  • Bob S.

    Had a great time. Wish I could have stayed to camp ,but had to go help a friend. It was nice to meet everyone. Thanks to Della for setting this up and hope to do another one soon.

    February 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The hike & camping afterwards was great! Just what i needed. Thanks to rob, Scott, & David for helping shuttle my gear, & Della for being a wonderful leader & host!

    1 · February 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    At the bottom right of the map is the "statistics" mode button. Click this and it will show the exact trail we took and our elevation.

    February 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    There were not a lot of elevation changes so this was a great place to hike and visit with friends.

    February 3, 2013

  • Matt D

    Great hike and adventure. Found out about LBJ, somethings we didn't know.

    February 3, 2013

  • Deva

    Great...we enjoyed it...great people and excellent conversation.

    1 · February 2, 2013

  • Joe

    I won't be able to make this trip this time, but would like to try it another time if anyone is up for it.

    February 1, 2013

  • Ashley

    I live in Frisco. Would anyone like to carpool from the plano, frisco, denton area?

    January 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      That sounds great. I believe I have the physical endurance (i hope) but no clue to equipment. When and where to meet?

      January 28, 2013

    • Laura

      I'm in Frisco and would be interested in carpooling. Have any arrangements been finalized? I'd be glad to coordinate if needed.

      January 31, 2013

  • Joe

    Anyone from the azle area planning on making this trip?

    January 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes

      January 31, 2013

  • Ian

    I've been wanting to head out to LBJ for a while now - I guess this is the perfect opportunity! I'm trying to figure out if I need to bring firewood - Can anyone tell me more about the firepit/firewood situation at this campground? Is there plenty of dead wood on the ground, or will I need to haul in enough for an adequate cooking fire?

    January 30, 2013

    • Della M.

      There is definitely downed wood that could be collected for a campfire out there. Scott and I will bring a bundle of dry wood from home to get the fire started. Then the fire can dry out the wood we collect. So don't bring wood. The firepits are those state-park type rings. I don't think there are grills over the top of them. However, I do believe the sites have those cast iron picnic mini-grills at each one.

      January 31, 2013

  • Della M.

    Wanted to add a few details about the trip. This will be a dayhike/car camping trip, so no need to lug your pack with overnight gear over the 10 miles. The trailhead and campground share a common parking lot, so after the hike, those that want to camp overnight can just grab their gear out of the car. The ideal campsites are separated from the main sites by about 30 feet of water. The bridge that connected the two has collapsed. But I'll bring the canoe to use as a ferry "shortcut" to get to the other side of the campground. So those without packs, or with super heavy gear can eliminate the 1/4 mile hike to the campground. And yes, you will be home in time for the Super Bowl. I don't have any hikes planned for Sunday morning, and you can pack up and leave whenever you'd like.

    January 23, 2013

    • ¡oʞɐsɐW

      Hi, I am excited to join for this group for my first outing. I think I am going to do just the hike. Did someone mention that it will be muddy? Looks like weather is promising.

      January 30, 2013

    • Della M.

      David was referring to a potentially muddy creek bed that will not be part of our day hike. Most of the trail will be dry by the weekend. However, these are dirt paths, so there may still be some mud in spots.

      2 · January 30, 2013

  • Somanarith

    Hope you all don't mind I bring along my pooch. He's a friendly well- mannered fella.

    January 28, 2013

    • Della M.

      Bring the pooch. Please know there are horseback riders on the trails. A panicked horse is dangerous to the rider, dog, and everyone else. But, dogs are welcome and will have a blast out there! I am bringing both my dogs and leashing them to my daypack for hands free hiking. Look forward to seeing both of you there.

      January 29, 2013

  • Al D.

    I'll be out of town that weekend unfortunately. I've never been there but you've tweaked my interest and I would like to check it out sometime. I'm sure you'll all have a great time.

    January 8, 2013

    • Della M.

      Awww, man! I was hoping you could come help me set up my hammock-tent again! Lord knows I need all the help I can get lol. Well I hope you have fun wherever else you'll be. Catch you next time.

      January 8, 2013

  • Della M.

    I'm excited to share my "secret" backpacking place! I'll bring our 3-man canoe and those willing can paddle around the small lake as well.

    The only weather that will cancel this trip is frozen precipitation. I need practice pitching and hiking in the rain, because lets face it, at some point you will get rained on. It's a short enough hike that if things go badly, the car isn't far away. It's a good opportunity to get some experience.

    There's a chance the date may have to change to accommodate the beginner backpacking class.

    January 8, 2013

  • Matt D

    I have been out there hiking and have wondered about doing a backpack. I'm about to switch jobs and we'll see how that goes. I would to get out and backpack explore more of this area.

    January 7, 2013

  • Mary

    Hey Della! Huge Pine trees? Sounds nice! I'm a strong maybe and will see how things look closer on. Are campfires allowed here? Thanks for posting :-)

    January 7, 2013

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