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Address: Guadalupe Mountains National Park, TX
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Getting to this scenic area is a popular day hike.

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Fun Little Hike to Nature's Secret Garden Oasis

This is a quick walk/hike (about 1.5 hours minimum) that takes you into a notch in the Guadalupe Mountains where a tree-shaded spring is pouring down through pools. It can be... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Conroe
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a quick walk/hike (about 1.5 hours minimum) that takes you into a notch in the Guadalupe Mountains where a tree-shaded spring is pouring down through pools. It can be blazing hot under the sun getting to the spring, but once there I agree with other recent reviewers that it is definitely worth it.

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were on a strict time crunch and we decided to stop here instead of the other many attractions around so when we started off the hike, we were getting discouraged as it was long and uneventful in the blazing heat. However, after what seemed like far too long (we are young and very athletic by the way) we came... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We started out at the Frijole Ranch Trailhead and stopped in to visit the Frijole Ranch. Worth the short stop to see how this family lived so long ago. We hiked onward and upward to the Smith Spring. It was a lovely hike ( not too strenuous) and the bubbly springs and waterfall was well worth the journey. A beautiful... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Smith spring was a wonderful oasis in the desert. Could've sat by the water for a long time. The hike is generally easy. Tall grasses along part of the trail. Saw a small harmless snake. We loved this spring and recommend others to visit. Please keep your kids out of the water though. Witnessed a woman and her two boys... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

We went on the wonderful 3 mile loop trail today. Fantastic views of the mountains and nipple hill. 1/2 way you will come to a wonderful surprise-smith springs. I wore shorts I. Would recommend pants if you don't like the long grass hitting your legs. Keep going the full loop the spring is worth it and the wind on your... More 

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Elgin, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

This trail has a stop by the Frijole Ranch home site. You can explore the small home of the Smith and Kincaid families. The trail goes by Manzanita Spring which was used a source of water for their live stock. As you head up hill there are agave, prickly pear, and scrub oak. When you get to Smith Spring which... More 

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Thank Jonny C
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

Nice quick hike through the desert. The spring is really beautiful and shaded. We were the only ones on the trail which was nice. To the poor reviewer, don't come to west Texas and complain about scrub brush. Lol

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Kettle Falls, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

The hike is open to the sun and NO shade until you get to the oasis, then shade and wildlife and its very pretty.

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Richardson, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2016

I see Guadalupe Mountains as a great place to get away. You're in the desert, but then there are these cool things that you wouldn't expect. Smith Spring is a great example of this. It's not that interesting of a hike until you get to the spring itself. You can see it from far away because there's a dark green... More 

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Byhalia, Mississippi
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed this hike which requires hat, sunscreen, and sturdy walking shoes. The trail starts paved, but becomes rocky and narrow past Manzanita Spring (about a 10 minute walk). We chose to go right at the junction. The trail goes into a dry wash before ascending the far bank and continuing across the desert which was blooming in early... More 

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