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Smith Spring

Address: Guadalupe Mountains National Park, TX
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Type: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
Owner description: Getting to this scenic area is a popular day hike.
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Type: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
Owner description: Getting to this scenic area is a popular day hike.
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Houston, Texas
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

The trail is not paved, except for the small section leading up to Manzanita Spring. We thoroughly enjoyed the hike and the scenery. At one point we weren't quite sure we're on the right trail, as the signage is very limited, and we seemed to be going further and further into the mountains. But once we got to the little... More 

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Shreveport, Louisiana
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

This was a little oasis in the middle of the dessert, there were mule deers nearby and it was an easy hike. It might have taken 30 minutes to get to the spring.

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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67 reviews 67 reviews
33 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Smith Springs was okay. You hike up into the treeline, and the spring is sort of hidden up the trail. It was a pleasant hike, but nothing special. On the way you pass Frijole Ranch, but it was closed...and looked like a modern shack house.

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Central Texas
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35 reviews 35 reviews
12 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

I could argue with Mr. Pratt that not McKittrick Canyon but Smith Spring is the most beautiful spot in Texas. Although Smith Spring is just a small spot on the side of a hill, it is an oasis! Fresh water spring cascading down the hill with small pools where wildlife gathers. Lovely ferns and lush vegetation. The hike is uphill... More 

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Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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81 reviews 81 reviews
12 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014 via mobile

We are mid-sixties and in reasonably good but not great condition. We did this trail on a very windy day with temperatures in the middle 70's. It was moderately hard for us but not a problem to finish. There are vistas and Smith Spring near the highest point on the trail and where you loop back towards the beginning is... More 

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El Paso, Texas
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435 reviews 435 reviews
89 attraction reviews
202 helpful votes 202 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

On 22APR2013, my good friend Chris Gafafer-Luthi, Melchnau-CH, was visiting and we motored from my home in El PasoTX-USA East on familiar & excellent biketouring route Montana Avenue/US62-180 some 150miles/240kms, intent upon hiking the highest point in Texas: Guadalupe Mountain. However, by the time we arrived--late morning--we knew such an arduous hike would be difficult, if not foolish, so late... More 

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West Orange, New Jersey
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113 reviews 113 reviews
38 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

Take this hike early in the day to get a chance at spotting wildlife and avoiding heat. The Spring at the mid-way point offers a cool place to enjoy the spanning view.

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Narragansett, Rhode Island
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221 reviews 221 reviews
65 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012 via mobile

We loved this hike. We were fortunate to have a beautiful day. This hike has many personalities. In some areas it was quite easy. It could be a bit rugged and challenging in other spots. We really enjoyed resting by the Spring and picturing what it might have been like way back when the Native Americans enjoyed all that this... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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77 reviews 77 reviews
13 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012 via mobile

Wanting to experience a slice of the NP but only having 2-3 hours, we chose this hike based on the recommendation of the ranger. (highly recommend you stop at Headquarters Visitor Center before any exploration of the park). The path starts with the horse corral and a paved path but quickly turns into a more rugged rocky path. If you... More 

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Give, Denmark
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2012

Were looking for a break on our Roadtrip and passed the Guadalupe Mountains National Park. The Rangers recommend this hike, as it was only 2.3 miles and would be doable before sunset. We got in close to deers and javelinas. Definitely worth a hike if you've got the time. The walk can be done in1 to 2 hours depending on... More 

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