Lake Somerville Trailway
ElevationAscent: 303' 92 m
Descent: -289' -88 m
High: 300' 92 m
Low: 242' 74 m
GradeAvg Grade: 1% (0°)
Max Grade: 5% (3°)
“This trail is the backbone of the Lake Somerville trail system, connecting Nails Creek to Flag Pond to Birch Creek.”— Karl W
From the Nails Creek Unit, the Trailway begins near a large parking area with restrooms and access to the equestrian campground. It then parallels Nails Creek Loop to reach a nice overlook of Lake Somerville. After the overlook it meanders west passing the Colvin Hill Bypass Trail, Channel Loop, and Nails Creek Access Road (which is one of a few ways you can access the Trailway from parking). The Trailway then passes along the western edge of Flag Pond offering nice, slightly elevated views of the water and large bird populations.
After Flag Pond, the Trailway heads southwest through a forest, offering some nice shade, before entering a large meadow and heading back northeast. This meadow should have bluebells in season, and other wildflowers throughout spring time. You'll cross a tributary to Yegua Creek on a concrete bridge and then parallel the creek to an equestrian resting area at an intersection with Newman Bottom Access Road and White Bass Run. A sturdy bridge crosses Yegua Creek, but the region north of the bridge was closed as of April 2018.
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Land Manager: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD)