The Cross Timbers Hiking Trail begins in Juniper Point recreation area and winds west some 14 miles along the southern shoreline of the lake through Cedar Bayou Marina and Paw Paw Creek to Rock Creek Camp. Between Juniper Point and Cedar Bayou the hiker travels high above the lake on the rocky ledges that make up the shoreline. From these high vantage points one is refreshed by beautiful views of the lake and its shores. From Cedar Bayou to Paw Paw Creek the trail meanders through a blackjack oak woodland which typifies the Cross Timbers environment. This segment of the trail takes the hiker through many changes of elevation. Between Paw Paw Creek and Rock Creek Camp the trail is much flatter and the tree cover more sparse.
The trail is well marked and mile posts have been erected along the way as reference points. You can expect a moderate to easy degree of difficulty from the trail, as it is ideally suited for weekend adventures into the wilderness and for conditioning in preparation for extended wilderness trips.
For camping, Juniper Point, Cedar Bayou, and Rock Creek Camp have water and other conveniences not found on the trail. However, for those who prefer to rough it, Five-Mile Camp, Lost Loop Camp, and the Eagle’s Roost Camp are available between Cedar Bayou marina and Paw Paw Creek. These camps are primitive and have no water or conveniences.
CROSS TIMBERS TRAIL via KAYAK or CANOE
Cedar Bayou Marina offers canoe and kayak rentals for those who prefer to paddle along the shores of Lake Texoma and camp on the Cross Timbers Trail then paddle back the next day. You’ll experience a part of the lake rarely seen by hikers.
A permit is not required; however, it is necessary to register at the gate shack in East Juniper Point from April through October. If you visit the trail from November through March, please sign in on the registration sheet at the trail head.