North Shore - Bell's Trailhead to Cougar Overlook Loop

Sow and six piglets
I've spotted feral hogs at a distance - today I saw a solitary boar on the trail relatively close and then about a mile further down the trail, I spotted a sow with six piglets. Cute but destructive.
User: MikeHikes - 12/30/2021

Location: San Angelo State Park

Rating: 4stars
Difficulty: 1star  Solitude: 5stars
Miles Hiked: 8.80 Miles  Elapsed Time: 4 hours


Leg 1 -  Bell's Trailhead > Shady Trail > Trailhead to Trailhead (S) > North Scenic Loop > South Slick Rock > Lower Ghost Camp > River Bend Campground > Trailhead to Trailhead (S) > Cougar Overlook      3.2 miles

Leg 2 -  Cougar Overlook > Javalina Trail > River Bend (N) > Ghost Camp Connector > Upper Ghost Camp > River Bend Campground > North Slick Rock > Upper Big Hill > Dinosaur Trail > Dinosaur Tracks Viewing Area > Dinosaur Trail > Trailhead to Trailhead (N) > Bell's Trailhead      5.6 miles

Temp started at 44, ended at 65.  Partly cloudy very light wind.

A good hike to end the year!  I saw about a dozen deer, numerous birds and feral hogs.  First I saw a boar and about a mile later, a sow with six piglets.  I know they are destructive but the piglets were just bouncing around mom.  Very cute!  Otherwise, the trails were good, the prescribed burning had not touched this part of the park. 

Starting Mileage -  3038.1

Ending Mileage   - 3453.0

Miles Hiked        -  414.9

Number of hikes this year - 52


Info kiosk and a bicycle repair station available at Bell's Trailhead.  Water and shade are available at numerous campsites nearby.

Water, shade, info kiosk and dry toilets are available at River Bend Campground.

Info kiosk, shade and a bicycle repair station are available at Cougar Overlook.

Water, shade and info kiosk available at the Dinosaur Tracks Viewing Area.


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Sow and six piglets
Area around San Angelo State Park
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