Fall Colors · Views
Well marked courses (Black, Blue, Green, and Red) Trails in Marcella Vivrette Smith Park. Mostly rolling hills with a few step climbs. Some sections of the Black and Blue trails have moderately technical trails with loose rocky footing. The Blue Trail follows the perimeter of the park. The Red Trail
up to a viewpoint is a very steep climb.
Need to Know
Trailhead has restrooms. Trails are multipurpose for walking/hiking/running, dogs are allowed on leash. Several small creek crossings, especially after rainy weather, on the Blue/Green trails. Trails can also be very muddy. Portions of the Black and Blue trails are very rocky.
From the trailhead, take the roadway up to the crossover trail and veer right up a slight hill, then continue right onto the Black Trail
. When at the intersection of the Black/Blue trail, continue left. At the next trail divergence (after you pass the water tanks), take the Blue trail to the right. This is a steeper portion of the trail with some technical areas of loose rocks and roots. At the bottom of the hill take a right onto the Blue/Green trail, the veer left along the edge of the trees through the fields. There are several small runoff streams in this area during wet weather. At the next trail intersection take a left onto the Green trail. This will take you back to the steep hill on the Blue trail. Here you'll go up the hill this time, then take a right onto the Black trail. This will bring you back to the crossover trail where you started. Here you'll go down and across the roadway to the Blue trail and veer left, then right up the hill on the Red trail. This is the steepest portion of the trail up to Enid's Eyrie. Once at the top, you can enjoy the view, then turn around and go back down the Red trail, and hand a right onto the Red/Blue trail. This is almost completely downhill and takes you back to the trailhead.
History & Background
With forested wildlife habitats in their natural state and hiking trails for outdoor enthusiasts, Smith Park adds a new feature to Brentwood Citys comprehensive park system.
The property also includes the historic Ravenswood mansion. Ravenswood was built in 1825 by James Hazard Wilson II. It was named for Sam Houston whom the Indians affectionately called the Raven. Houston was best man at the wedding ceremony of Wilson and his bride Emeline in 1821.
Smith Park has over 6 miles of rugged hiking trails for your enjoyment. Trails are color-coded according to the map below, which you can download and carry with you on your smartphone. There is only one restroom facility, located at the main trailhead near the parking lot. Bring plenty of water and good shoes/hiking boots. You may also want to bring your camera, as the wildlife is abundant and the scenery is beautiful. Enjoy your hike!