Dallas: Coyote Run

Discover the river gullies, wildlife, and floral delights of Cooper Lake State Park on this winding 4.7-mile lollipop loop through a towering hardwood forest.
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Discover the river gullies, wildlife, and floral delights of Cooper Lake State Park on this winding 4.7-mile lollipop loop through a towering hardwood forest.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 4.4

Waypoints

Field

Location: 33.289566, -95.6546707

©Lorraine Pace

Dirt track

Location: 33.2869453, -95.6485138

©Lorraine Pace

CRT001

Location: 33.2921486, -95.6534729

Head E on Coyote Run Trail; glimpse sand beaches and the cerulean ripples of Cooper Lake before incline

CRT002

Location: 33.2917442, -95.6554947

Veer S on the crest of forested knoll, gliding over a gentle series of hills and gullies; look in sunlit shafts for bluebonnets and crimson clover

CRT003

Location: 33.289547, -95.6547012

Cross first gully on footbridge spanning clusters of Bermuda grass

CRT004

Location: 33.2858582, -95.6500015

A slow-moving seep flows down the second, wider drainage. You might see tracks of feral hogs and armadillos on the muddy banks; gradual rise ahead

CRT005

Location: 33.2887993, -95.6450806

Cross old county dirt road

CRT006

Location: 33.2887268, -95.6414719

Cross the deepest of the three river gullies with trekking poles or scavenged cedar saplings. Stay straight @ 3-way

CRT007

Location: 33.2909508, -95.6401291

Veer R @ Y to begin a quiet loop; watch for whitetails chomping on sweet Mexican wild plum

CRT008

Location: 33.2940292, -95.6377869

Straight @ 3-way; note pungent lemon scent of the toothache tree

CRT009

Location: 33.2935295, -95.6404495

Go straight @ 3-way

CRT010

Location: 33.2925835, -95.6415558

Pass pond on L. In 850 ft., complete loop and turn L to return to car