Recreational Trail

To reach the Recreational Trail, turn right on the first dirt road after the Entrance Gate and drive approximately 1/3 mile to the trail head and parking area.

About the Trail

The Samuel W. Wahl Recreational Area is a 580-acre tract owned by the City of Lubbock on the north side of Lake Alan Henry. The Recreational Trail is Phase I of a multi-phased Trails Master Plan for the lake. The trail is six-feet wide and is 2.5 miles in length. The trail consists of a fully accessible loop of approximately 3/4 -mile with a crushed granite base and an approximate 1-3/4 mile moderate natural surface trail. The trailhead and pavilion with interpretive nature signs are located near the parking lot, and there are three benches located along the accessible trail. The connecting loops allow able hikers to vary their routes, and they connect three scenic overlooks. The overlook closest to the main park road is the highest point in the park and affords outstanding views of the lake and surrounding land. The other two overlooks are located on bluffs above the lake.

Trail construction was sponsored by the City of Lubbock and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department through National Recreational Trails Funds administered by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Assisting in the installation of trail signs was Heath Spear and members of local Boy Scout Troop 544. Spear planned the project, and built and installed the trail signs as part of his Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project. The trail opened on November 29, 2005.

Recreational Trail Guidelines

Safety is the number one concern in the Sam Wahl Recreation Area. It is highly recommended that you hike with a companion. Trails are in a primitive area. There is no water available, and wildlife is abundant. Be aware of wildlife, especially rattlesnakes and wild hogs. Please abide by the following guidelines:
  • Carry Water With You At All Times
  • Pack Out All Trash
  • No Glass Containers Are Allowed
  • Do Not Disturb or Remove:  Any Rocks, Plants, Wildlife or Fossils
  • Pets Must Be On A Leash
  • Park Only In Designated Areas
  • No Motorized Vehicles Allowed On The Trail
  • Watch For Rattlesnakes and Wild Hogs
Questions? Call (806) 548-4101

In Case of Emergency Call 911
View from the Recreational Trail
Recreational Trail Map