The Brazos River Authority has been awarded “The Great Texas Trail Head Award – Public Category” for the trail system at Possum Kingdom Lake. The award, which recognizes innovative trail planning and design, was presented by the Texas Trails Network during its annual conference on February 3 in San Antonio. The Authority trail system was nominated for the award by the Possum Kingdom Chamber of Commerce.

The Possum Kingdom Hike and Bike Trail is a system of natural surface trails that winds 16 miles through cedar and oak forests adjacent to Park Road 36 and Farm to Market Road 2951. The trails were built in three phases beginning in June 2006, with funding in part through the lake’s Water Recreational User Fee (revenues paid by the public to improve public recreation at Possum Kingdom) and several trail grants awarded to the Authority by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

Though “family friendly” by design, the trails afford hikers and serious mountain bikers alike the opportunity to experience the Cross Timbers area of North Texas unlike any available in the past. The trails climb to breath-taking views 350 feet above Possum Kingdom Lake and descend to connect five of the 10 public parks maintained by the Authority. Amenities available along the trails include camping and restroom facilities along with 15 trailheads and 19 lookouts including educational interpretive signs.

This trail system was unaffected by the devastating wildfires which swept through Palo Pinto County last spring and summer and has proven to be a recreational draw to the area particularly during fall, winter, and spring.

In addition to the prestigious “Great Texas Trailhead” award, the PK trails were also rated as one of the top ten trails in the state by the Fort Worth Star Telegram in June 2010 and were featured in the cover story of the August 2010 issue of “Texas Highways” magazine. To learn more about the Possum Kingdom Lake Hike and Bike Trails, please click here. For a map of the Trail System, click here.