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Address: Guadalupe Mountains National Park, TX
Description: Getting to this scenic area is a popular day hike.

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A nice hike for those moderately fit

This was a pretty hike through varying terrain. There is some climbing over rocks, with fairly large step downs and step ups. Hiking poles are helpful to ensure balance. Our... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 16, 2015
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Dallas, TX
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Dallas, TX
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

This was a pretty hike through varying terrain. There is some climbing over rocks, with fairly large step downs and step ups. Hiking poles are helpful to ensure balance. Our group included people in their 60s who had never hiked and they did fine, though they were scared at a few points. Lovely little grotto at the spring. A good... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

My husband & I only had a couple of hours to stretch our legs & fit in a nice walk, on our journey West. At the main visitor center the ranger suggested the Smith Spring Trail, a 2.3 mile walk, incorporating an actual shaded spring where we could rest for a little while, Firstly, we enjoyed an introductory slide show... More 

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Ackerly, Texas
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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

This trail is recommended (more so in spring and summer) as a way to view a good deal of diversity within Guadalupe Mountains National Park in a minimal amount of time. Visitors to Smith Spring will walk past the Frijole Ranch House to reach the trail head, so it is easily worth 10 minutes to see the historical home, and... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

My wife and I did this hike today. Temperature was about 90. We took plenty of water and food for a picnic at the Spring. Loved it! If the temps are high, be sure to take plenty of water. There is very little shade on the way up and back. But it was very cool and pretty, tranquil, too, at... More 

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Easy hike. The Smith Springs are impressive only because they are in the middle of the desert. I went in counterclockwise direction. The way back was more scenic. There is a nice picnic area at the trail head. The water fountain was not working so make sure to bring water.

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Houston, Texas
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11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 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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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 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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17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 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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Address: Guadalupe Mountains National Park, TX
Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Guadalupe Mountains National Park

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