West Park District

Circle 10 Council

Cross Timbers

The Cross Timbers Hiking Trail begins in Juniper Point recreation area and winds west for 14 miles along the southern shoreline of the lake through Cedar Bayou Marina and Paw Paw Creek to Rock Creek Camp. This makes a great checkout hike for Philmont because you can do primitive camping at Lost Loop, 5 mile or Eagles Roost camps and break the trip into 2 sections (no water at these camps bring water purifier). The best part of the trail is between Juniper Point and Paw Paw creek because the trail is mostly isolated and you travel high above the lake on rocky ledges with fantastic views. Between Paw Paw Creek and Rock Creek Camp the trail is much flatter and the tree cover more sparse but going all the way to the end gives a real idea of what a high adventure camp will be like. You can park a couple cars at Rock Creek Marina to do a shuttle (see attached map)

 

This entire section can also be done as a canoe/kayak trip. You can bring your own and launch from Juniper Point or arrange to rent them at the Cedar Bayou resort. You can camp at multiple places along the way. Our third type of trip to Cross Timbers is to have the group backpack or hike out to Eagles Roost and then bring ski boats out to the campsite. This means that you can bring fresh water out and not have to carry everything you need. It is a great place to water ski or go tubing.

 

It is best to check in at Juniper Point so they know you are on the trail and that is also where you can get a trail map.

 

Trail Map:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Getting there:

There are at least 3 routes that will take you to the trail head which is on the left side of 377 as you are heading north across the street from the main entrance to Juniper  Point. Here is a Google maps link –the trip is approx 93 miles and usually takes about 1.5 hours.

 

 

 

This is a link to a map to get to Cedar Bayou resort with info on rentals including canoes and kayaks:    http://cedarbayou.com/

 

Link to Juniper Point Campground: open April to September

http://www.recreation.gov/camping/juniper-point- tx/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=73233

 

Good description of the trail

http://home.earthlink.net/~drestinblack/cross_timbers.htm

 

Trail description:

http://cedarbayou.com/cross-timbers-trail/

 

Another map and info on trail :

http://www.rockcreekontexoma.com/rockcreek/files/5f/5f935ef1-f08e-4935-a372-5b4ec12f9d45.pdf

 

Link to google maps to Juniper Point – park on the left side where the trailhead is:

https://goo.gl/maps/nUKvDr6wZa22

 

Map to Lake Texoma Marina to take cars to set up shuttle along Liberty Rd:

https://goo.gl/maps/4CW9g7WhKWL2

 

Map of other Lake Texoma access points- see below

http://tpwd.texas.gov/fishboat/fish/recreational/lakes/texoma/access.phtml

 

LAKE TEXOMA ACCESS POINTS:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A1: Texoma Marina & Resort

  • Take US 377 north from Whitesboro to Gordonville; turn left on FM 901. Go 2 miles, turn right on Rock Creek Road and go about 5 miles to camp.
  • Ramp handles boats up to 20 feet
  • Launch fee required
  • Open all year
  • Privately operated (903) 523-4308

A2: Rock Creek Marina & Resort

  • Take US 377 north from Whitesboro to Gordonville, turn left on FM 901. Go about two miles and watch for resort signs.
  • Ramp handles boats up to 20 feet
  • • Launch fee required
  • Open all year
  • Privately operated (903) 523-3535

A3: Cedar Bayou

  • Take US 377 north from Whitesboro, go approximately 13 miles and look for signs on west side of road.
  • Ramp handles boats up to 20 feet
  • Launch fee required
  • Open all year
  • Privately operated (903) 523-4248

A4: Juniper Point West

  • Take US 377 north from Whitesboro, go about 14 miles and look for signs on west side of road before lake bridge.
  • Ramp handles boats up to 20 feet; boarding pier provided
  • Launch fee required
  • Open all year
  • Operated by the US Army Corps of Engineers (903) 523-4022

A5: Juniper Point East

  • Take US 377 north from Whitesboro, go about 14 miles and look for signs on east before lake bridge.
  • Ramp handles boats up to 20 feet; boarding pier provided
  • Launch fee required
  • Open April-October
  • Operated by the US Army Corps of Engineers (903) 523-4022

 

 

 

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