Possum Kingdom Lake possesses some of the best singletrack in the NTX Trails coverage area outside of Dallas/Fort Worth. The Possum Kingdom Bike trails are biking and hiking friendly, and connect all of the Brazos River Authority parks and campgrounds found at Possum Kingdom Lake. There are numerous trailheads along the trail so you can choose to park and ride from many different location. Most of the trailheads offer restrooms and public parking.
There is a $4 daily entrance fee to Possum Kingdom State Park. Children 12 and under are free.
The trail consists of 16 miles of intermediate to advanced trail located off of LaVilla Road, Park Road 36, and Burma Road at Possum Kingdom lake.
Trailheads are located all along FM 2951 and Park Road 36 on the east side of Possum Kingdom lake. The Brazos River Authority describes the trails as “a nature trail through a North Texas cedar and oak forest. The trail has a natural surface with a vertical rise of more than 300 feet and requires physical stamina to complete.” The trail winds through woods, limestone canyons, and the trail peak is more than 350 feet above the lake surface.
There is about 20 miles of trail with over 1,550 feet of climbing if you ride the entire trail system.
The BRA also advises that due to the composition of the trail surface, it may be impassible during and immediately after heavy rain due to mud and runoff. There is not a website or Facebook page that shows the open/closed status of the trail, so you should call ahead to make sure the park and the trail are open, especially after a rain event.
Be aware that about 60% of the trails west of the Hamilton trailhead are deep sand pits, and sure to be virtually impassible in dry weather.
Cell service is reported as unreliable along the trail. It is highly recommended that you do not hike or bike alone.
You can learn more at the Possum Kingdom Lake website.
NTX Trails difficulty rating: When parking in the middle of the trail system at D&D—everything east of D&D and everything west of the Hamilton trailhead is Class III. The two-way section of trail between D&D and the Hamilton trailhead is Class VI.