The Pine Ridge Association at Henry W. Coe State Park

Hiking in Coe Park

Photo by Marc Cieplinsky

Most people come to Coe Park to hike.  The park has over 250 miles of hiking trails and old ranch roads that can be traveled in all seasons.

Hikes in the park range from leisurely loops of about a mile and a half with little elevation variation to highly ambitious backpacking loops of 50 miles or more with elevation gains and losses in thousands of feet.

On long hikes, be sure to take plenty of water and food.  Some of the trails and roads on the more strenuous hikes are incredibly steep, which can make for slow going and trips that turn out to take longer than you thought they might.  On warm days, take more water than you think you'll need, and don't forget to carry a map with you.  Coe Park is a huge wilderness, and it's not that hard to take a wrong turn and get lost.

Before you set out, you might want to ask someone in the Visitor Center to help you plan a hike that's well suited to your interests and fitness level.  You can also refer to the Trails of Coe Park binder in the Visitor Center.  It has highlighted maps of the most popular hikes in the park, and it lists the mileage and elevation gain for each hike.

For detailed descriptions of the most enjoyable hikes in the more accessible areas of the park, see the Popular Day Hikes list to the right.