South Shore Playground parking area to Burkett park and Roadrunner Loop

Taking Flight
One of the first Vermillion Flycatchers of the year taking off from a branch.
User: MikeHikes - 3/17/2018

Location: San Angelo State Park

Rating: 4stars
Difficulty: 1star  Solitude: 3stars
Miles Hiked: 10.60 Miles  Elapsed Time: 4 hours, 15 minutes


Leg 1 -  Playground parking area > Roadrunner > Playground parking area    3.2 miles

Leg 2 -  Playground parking area > Tasajilla Flats > Nature Loop > Lanky Lackey > Suzanne's Trail > Burkett park       3.9 miles

Leg 3 -  Burkett park > Winding Snake > Chaparral > Red Dam Loop > Chaparral > Playground parking area     3.5 miles

Temp start at 55, end at 85.  Overcast then sunny, steady SW winds.

Walked the Roadrunner Loop first then continued on the other South Shore trails.  ALL of the campsites in the park were occupied and there were quite a few people walking around but fairly few were on the trails.  The warm weather has brought out the birds - lots of singing and fluttering to establish territories.  Saw three Vermillion Flycatchers - the first I've seen this year. 

Warm weather brings out snakes and although I didn't see any, a couple who were on the trail told me they saw a non-poisonous snake a few days ago.  Was also told that not all rattlesnakes rattle - the guy said the snakes are not warning where they are because of the feral hogs.  I guess the hogs consider the rattles a food bell and take on the snake!  Will check this out later to see if it's true or not.

All in all, a good hike!


Water, shade, info kiosk and touilets available at Playground parking area.

Water and shade available at numerous campsites along Roadrunner Loop and at the mid-point, there is a toilet/shower facility.

Water, shade, info kiosk and dry toilets available at Burkett park.


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Taking Flight
Area around San Angelo State Park
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