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Lake Somerville State Park Trailway
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14222 Park Road 57
Somerville, Texas   77879
(lat:30.3109 lon:-96.6633) map location

Phone: 979-535-7763
1. Lake Somerville State Park offers two main swimming areas: Nails Creek Unit and Birch Creek Unit.
2. Both units provide sandy beaches ideal for sunbathing, building sandcastles or entering the water safely.
3. Swimming is unsupervised so visitors swim at their own risk; no lifeguards are on duty here.
4. The lake's clear waters make it a popular spot for both casual swimmers and serious lap-swimming enthusiasts.
5. Visitors can also enjoy snorkeling in designated parts of the lake to explore underwater life forms.
6. The park does not allow any glass containers near its beach area to ensure safety while swimming.
7. Swim-friendly amenities include picnic tables, grills, restrooms nearby making it convenient for families with children.
8. Pets are allowed but must be kept on leash when out of water ensuring everyone's comfort during visit.
Visitors can enjoy fishing in two main areas: Nails Creek Unit and Birch Creek Unit. The park offers a variety of fish species including largemouth bass, crappie, catfish and white bass. Fishing gear is available for loan within the park premises at no cost. A valid Texas fishing license is required to fish here unless exempted by law.

Lake Somerville State Park Trailway is located near Brenham, Caldwell and College Station

1. Lake Somerville State Park offers numerous picnic spots with grills and tables.
2. Visitors can enjoy a lakeside picnic for stunning views.
3. Shaded areas are available for comfortable picnicking during summer months.
4. Some sites also have fire rings, perfect for evening cookouts or marshmallow roasting sessions.
5. Picnic pavilions can be reserved in advance, ideal for large groups or family gatherings.

Cycling enthusiasts can enjoy over 26 miles of multi-use trails. Be aware, the terrain varies from flat to hilly.

The trailway connects two units: Birch Creek and Nails Creek. It's crucial to plan your route accordingly for a safe ride.

Mountain bikes are recommended due to rough terrains in some areas; road bicycles may not be suitable here.

During wet conditions, biking could become challenging as certain parts get muddy or flooded - proceed with caution during such times.

Remember that wildlife sightings are common along the path so always stay alert while cycling through these natural habitats.

It is advisable also to carry plenty of water and snacks since there aren't many facilities on this lengthy trailway system.

Lastly, helmets should be worn at all times when riding for safety purposes given unexpected obstacles might appear suddenly on paths.
The park offers birding opportunities with species like the Red-tailed Hawk, Eastern Bluebird and Northern Cardinal. Other birds sighted include Scissor-tail Flycatchers, American Kestrels and various waterfowl. The trailway is a hotspot for migratory songbirds in spring and fall seasons. Birdwatchers can also spot Bald Eagles during winter months.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
March 12 The views are fabulous by Gail
park review stars; one to five The park is so neat, and all the staff was so polite. I loved it
January 5 cool by lusili
park review stars; one to five this is the most coolest park, ever better than fredannan park
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