North Shore - Bell's Trailhead to Cougar Overlook - Figure 8 Loop

Ham on the Trotter
Didn't notice him until I went through my photos of the rock that was dry due to the ongoing drought. Feral hogs are destructive and not wanted at the park.
User: MikeHikes - 10/20/2023

Location: San Angelo State Park

Rating: 4stars
Difficulty: halfstar  Solitude: 5stars
Miles Hiked: 7.50 Miles  Elapsed Time: 3 hours, 30 minutes


Leg 1 -  Bell's Trailhead > Shady Trail > Trailhead to Trailhead (S) > Rocky Creek > Lower Big Hill > North Scenic Loop > Trailhead to Trailhead (S) > North Slick Rock > Lower Ghost Camp > River Bend Campground> Lower Ghost Camp > Trailhead to Trailhead (S) > Cougar Overlook    3.6 miles

Leg 2 -  Cougar Overlook > Javelina Trail> River Bend Trail > Badlands > Upper Big Hill > Rocky Creek > Trailhead to Trailhead (N) > Bell's Trailhead   3.9 miles

Temps started at 52, ended at 86.  Sunny with a very light (1-5 mph) wind.

A quiet, relaxing hike along recently groomed trails that are easy to see and traverse.  The animal activity was limited to a few deer and later, to seeing the rear end of a feral hog as he grubbed along a river bank visible from Cougar Overlook (photo attached).  Not many birds were out and the scenery was about the same as it was last month - no real difference and no color change even though Fall is officially here.   


Info kiosk and a bicycle repair station are available at Bell's Trailhead.  Water and shade are available in the nearby campground.

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

Shade, info kiosk and a bicycle repair station available at Cougar Overlook.


Log Photos
Ham on the Trotter
Area around San Angelo State Park
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