Dallas, TX: Crow Hill Loop

Climb up to an observation tower atop the migratory-bird crowded shores of Lake Texoma on this easy 0.4-mile interpretive loop in the Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge.
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Climb up to an observation tower atop the migratory-bird crowded shores of Lake Texoma on this easy 0.4-mile interpretive loop in the Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge.

Even when the weather turns Texas hot, this 0.4 mile interpretive loop offers maximal views for minimal sweat. Hiking the gentle incline on a wide, shady, grassy path, expect to spend some extra time reading a series of informational panels identifying and indigenous plants, birds and animals. The hike culminates at a 16-foot observation tower that provides a 360-degree panorama of the entire 11,320-acre refuge and Lake Texoma. Look for several varieties of geese (snow, Canada, Ross’ and white fronted), or white pelicans which flock here by the thousands during their spring and fall migrations.
Attention birders: Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge is a busy from the spring to the fall. Birds use it as both a pit stop and wintering ground. Make sure you pack your binoculars and field guide.
-Mapped by Casey Lyons

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 0.7

Waypoints

CRW001

Location: 33.7274248, -96.7676234

From the primitive trailhead, walk south on the grassy path. Stay straight at the first Y-junction and be sure to stop and read about the refuge's inhabitants on the interpretive panels.

CRW002

Location: 33.7265386, -96.7664329

About 300 yards from the trailhead, is a stable (though rickety-looking) observation tower. Climb the 20 steps for a 360-degree tree-top view of the entire refuge.

CRW003

Location: 33.7260351, -96.7667627

The trail climbs about 60 feet from the trailhead to this point, but turns downhill here.

CRW004

Location: 33.7269942, -96.7676002

You'll pass more interpretive signs as you continue down the woodland trail toward the parking area.

Sign

Location: 33.7274293, -96.767617

This small wooden sign points the way to the trail. En route, you'll pass several interpretive signs highlighting area ecology.

View

Location: 33.7265482, -96.7664208

Looking north at the Big Mineral Arm of Lake Texoma. The nearby shores are home to dozens of species of migratory birds. Nearby sights include Elm Pond to the East and the Mineral Creek Oil field to the northwest.