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“A trail system along the banks of Sam Rayburn Lake that opened in 2017.”
— John Alan
There is private lands to the south and east of the trail, as you get past the ravine sections and more onto the flat. Respect the locals and be courteous. The trail is on lands leased to Angelina County by ACOE.
This trail system was sponsored by Deep East Texas Trail, Route & Access Coalition and built by S&S trails. Riders can expect good flow and roller sections along the ravines after following one of the three entrance trails to a common mix-master intersection.
Family Friendly: An easy trail system with nice views along lakeside.
Need to Know
As mapped, this ride takes all left turns to travel clockwise around the trails. To switch things up ride it in reverse or try a figure-eight pattern by alternating left or right turns at each loop.
From mix-master, the Yellow Loop
circles the Gilliland Cemetary, intersecting at two points to second in a series of four of the stacked loops. The upper section of the Blue Loop
is relatively flat and the ravine sections flow through some sweet rollers that paralleling the ravines.
Up next is the Orange Loop
. This small third loop intersects twice with the Blue Loop
and once with the Green Loop
. The Green Loop
takes you to the opposite side of the main inlet ravine and onto some picturesque sections along the lakeside, before turning back into some densely wooded flat section with good, fast flow. From there riders can head back to the parking area or repeat their favorite loops.
Along the way there are several bailout points, including the Gilliland Cemetery road and the old state highway at the furthermost point south. The four-way crossing get's you to a flatter section, weaving through Yopon thickets under tall pines. An earlier portion of the trail borders a Red-Cockated Woodpecker recruitment area.
History & Background
The Gilliland Cemetery was once located where the lake lies now. It was relocated out of the flood plain. There are some pretty old tombstones to investigate (access west from the Cemetery road crossing).