Possum Kingdom Lake Bike & Hike Trail !
Thanks to Michael Matthews, here is some information and a couple of photos showing views from the Possum Kingdom Hike and Bike Trail, which is located on a topographical feature called Red Bird Hill. On the right of photo number 6590, a feature called Johnson Peak can partially be seen. That hill has several miles of rugged mountain bike trails that are used by those who know about them, but few are aware they are there. They will eventually, hopefully, be incorporated into the rest of the planned 20-mile trail system.
The Trail was just completed and opened by the Brazos River Authority, largely financed by a $77,000 grant through Texas Parks and Wildlife. There are five miles of outstanding, five foot wide natural trails through timbered terrain that takes mountain bikers or hikers to panoramic views of the lake atop a large hill. It will eventually connect with 20 more miles of nature trails yet be be constructed.
It is on about 200 acres of BRA land on a section of property commonly known as "the peninsula" and near YMCA Camp Grady Spruce. The great thing about the project, in addition to simply providing a great amenity for nature lovers and mountain bikers with convenient facilities such as lighted parking, a rest room and water fountain, is that it protects this natural area from any future development. I'm told that many developers have wanted to pepper the area with residential cottage sites or build condominiums on the sides of the hill, which would have destroyed its natural beauty as well as the animal habitat. This project, I'm told, stops that from ever happening because it was largely financed with federal funds through TPWD.
Click here to see a trailhead map.