Shown below are several photo albums from around the park. From walking down to the lake to walking in a rare snow fall as well as flowers and some nature around the park. We hope you enjoy the tour!
Natural Trail to the Lake - January 2003
Natural Trail to the Lake - May 2003
Natural Trail to the Lake - April 2010
Squirrel Creek and Kayaking on Lake Sam Rayburn - January 2003
Fawn Resting near the Natural Trail - June 2005
Sunset over Lake Sam Rayburn at the end of the Trail - August 2005
Slight Dusting of Snow - This is a Rare Happening - December 11, 2008
Drought of 2011. Normal Lake Pool 164.4. Lake was down 10.8 feet at this time - August 2011
Rare Snowfall and even more Rare Accumulation of Snow in the Park! - January 24, 2014
Rare Snowfall and even more Rare Accumulation of Snow on the Trail! - January 24, 2014
Flowers, Trees and some Wildlife around the Park.
We hope you have enjoyed our photo albums from around the lake and even our rare snowfalls. We can get some cool weather in the winter - as well as warm days but to receive snow and have it stick is a reason to bring out the cameras as you don’t see it often, normally once or twice in a lifetime.
Yes there are gator’s on Lake Sam Rayburn, just as there are on any lake in the south. Gator’s are more afraid of you and will leave them alone if you leave them alone as well. If you want to play with one, it WILL play back with you, and it won’t be fun. As with ALL wildlife leave it alone! Look from a distance and respect their habitat.
You can walk the natural trail from the park down to the lake edge. We do not maintain the trail as it is on public land. It is an interesting walk in the Piney Woods of East Texas showing the many trees and plants native to the area. The walk will take 10 to 20 minutes for the normal walker, maybe longer if you walk slow and do a lot of looking. A portion of the trail does follow Squirrel Creek, and depending on the lake level you might hear or see the small waterfall.
The trail is ever changing. From a thinning by the Corps of Engineers in 2004, Hurricane Rita in 2005, Ike in 2008, the drought of 2011. Lightning strikes as well as winds and everyday events make each day a different walk. You might see wildlife on the walk, maybe a robin in the spring or fall, cardinals in the summer and perhaps an eagle soaring above the lake. You might see a hawk dive and take a fish from the lake, or see a mother duck with her ducklings to a Canadian Goose in the right season. You might even spook a deer or a fawn on the walk.
You will also see a variety of trees on your walk, from Blackjack Oak to a Gumball Oak. Towering Loblolly Pines to the majestic Magnolias as well as several other species. Spring brings out the new green look, summer brings out a carpet of green shading, fall starts a color change and the leaves falling and winter bring out the full view of the woods.
The trail is on Corps of Engineers land and is in a natural forest setting complete with natural growth and decay. Since the trail is in a natural setting caution should be used in walking the trail for natural hazards, animals, insects and the reptiles that were here before us. Feeding any wild animal is always a temptation but should be avoided as it will cause the animals to enter the campground in search of a free handout. The trail does contain a couple of hills and possibly water crossings depending on the rain and lake level. Walking the trail or swimming at the end of the trail is at your own risk.