It was the day after Thanksgiving, 2014, and, after feasting on a wonderful meal the day before, we were all ready to get out and do a little hiking. One great option nearby is Davis Mountain State Park.
Located twenty four miles north of Marfa, Davis Mountain State Park offers numerous activities for outdoor enthusiasts, among them hiking, biking, camping, picnicking and horse trail riding. The weather was beautiful that November: warm, sunny and not a cloud in the sky; a fantastic day to explore the great outdoors!
The park rangers at the check in station were very helpful, recommending the Skyline Drive Trail because of its scenic overlooks.
Due to several slight ascents made during the hike, this 2.6 mile trek is rated moderate. The park elevation can vary from 5,000 to 6,000 feet, a far cry from what we are used to in Arkansas; therefore, no matter the rating, when it comes to big changes in elevation, one should always exercise caution and take it a bit easier.
Beginning at the Interpretive Center, the trail led us through country that was far removed from what we were used to! It’s incredible to fathom that, less than a day’s drive and one state away, a person can go from this….
The trail was well marked….
….adorned with rock towers in some places!
From the overlook, our view seem to stretch on for a million miles!
The kids usually always run ahead, which can be a bit stressful. We were free from worries on this hike, being able to spot them no matter the distance between us!
We thoroughly enjoyed hiking in an environment so different than ours; it seemed quite effortless as we examined vegetation and rocks unique to this area. It also enabled us to work up an appetite, which was to be whetted with leftover turkey sandwiches!
To get to Davis Mountains State Park, travel one mile north of Fort Davis on State Highway 17 to State Highway 118N, and then west on State Highway 118N for three miles to the Park Road 3 entrance.