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Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Johnson Branch Unit

Explore the wonders of of Johnson Branch on walking, hiking, and biking trails. Enjoy camping, boating, and fishing.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 9.6 miles
Duration: Full day
Family Friendly

Overview :  Ray Roberts Lake State Park is a beautiful 30,000-acre lake complex complete with boat ramps, camping, fishing, a swimming beaches,... more »

Tips:  Did you forget something? There is a park store at Johnson Branch that carries the essentials and offers boat rentals as well.

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Points of Interest

1. Entrance at FM 3002

The park reservations number is (512) 389-8900 or www.tpwd.state.tx.us ($3.00 fee charged for online reservations). Reservations guaranty you will have a campsite. Sites are on a first come, first serve basis. You can select a site when you check in, from the available site list.

2. Visitor Center

• 100 PW 4153
• Valley View, TX 76272-7411
• 940/637-2294

The Visitor Center has maps and information about the current programs.

3. Dogwood Canyon Campground, Sites 135 to 154

These are walk-in developed (tent) campsites. They have a picnic table, tent pad, fire ring and lantern post. Water is in the area, not at each site. There is a composting restroom in area. There is shallow water access at some sites. Most sites are shaded in this wooded area.

4. Dogwood Canyon Campground Restroom

5. Dogwood Canyon Primitive Hiking Trail 4.5 miles

The trail is 2.6 miles to the loop point and approximately 4.5 miles total. The trail is rocky in areas. It has several short side trails that end in loops near the lake edge.

To separate the Dogwood Canyon Primitive Hiking Trail form the DORBA Trail lines, minor EveryTrail guide points mark this trail junction to alternate loops and DORBA... More

6. Dogwood Canyon Pavilion

Many of the park activities are held here.

7. DORBA Trail Entrance & Kiosk

Tight through the trees and extremely woodsy single track. Parts of the trail are extremely rocky and will test your handling skills. Couple dips through the ravines and gradual climbs. Best recommended for intermediate to advanced riders.

This trail crosses the Dogwood Canyon Primitive Hiking Trail in several places. Be aware of possible hikers... More

8. Center Loop Trail 2.8 Miles

This is a hike and bike trail that makes a loop from through all the campgrounds on the eastern side Johnson Branch Unit.

A few minor EveryTrail guide points have been included to mark this trail.

9. Juniper Cove Campground Entrance, Sites 1 to 39

These are campsites with electric & water hookups. All sites have a picnic table, fire ring and lantern post with hook. There is a restroom with showers and playground in the camping loop area. Some sites have easy access to lake. There is an earth fishing jetty between sites 10 and 11.

10. Host Camping Site in Juniper Cove Campground

The Host campsite is reserved for the seasonal resident caretaker. It is an example of the campsites in the Juniper Cove Campground.

11. Juniper Cove Campground Playground

12. Juniper Cove Campground Restrooms & Showers

13. Walnut Campground Entrance Sites 40 to 104

These campsites have electric & water hookups. All sites have a picnic table, fire ring and lantern post with hook. There is a restroom with showers and playground in the camping loop area. Some sites have easy access to lake.

14. Walnut Campground Site

Several of the sites in Walnut Campground have views of the lake.

15. Walnut Campground Restrooms & Showers

16. Walnut Campground Playground

Playground similar to the one in Juniper Cove Campground.

17. Willow Cove Campground Sites 155 to 165

Walk-in (1/4 mile) developed (tent) campsites. Sites are on a first come first serve basis. Sites have a tent pad, a picnic table, a fire ring, a grill, and a lantern holder. Water is in the area but not at each site.

18. Overflow Campsites A 1 to A 12

19. Overflow Campsites B 1 to B 3

20. Overflow Campsites C 1 to C 9

21. Overflow & Park Store Parking

22. Park Store

Store hours are seasonal.

23. Group Picnic Pavilion

Group Picnic Pavilions. Sites are day use only and capacity is 50 persons at each pavilion. These pavilions are reservation only.

24. Vanishing Prairie Trail

This is the entrance to the Vanishing Prairie Trail. Look for the identification markers for native plants and trees.

25. Kid’s Fishing Pond

This pond is stocked with bluegill and green sunfish by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD).

26. View of Ray Roberts Lake

27. Boy Scout Bridge & Signs

This is one of the many projects by local Boy Scouts. Look for other projects along the trail.

28. Johnson Branch Unit Boat Launch

• Multi-lane ramp with boarding pier and parking for 125 vehicles
• Park entrance fee required
• Open all year
• Operated by Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept. (940) 637-2294

29. Fish Cleaning Station

30. Prairie

There is a small patch of prairie wildflowers and grasses in this area.

31. Day Use Area

Swimming beach, picnic benches, restrooms and play area are available for a day at the lake.

32. Day Use Playground

33. Day Use Area Restrooms

34. Swimming Beach

35. Oak Point Campground Sites 105 to 134

These are walk-in developed (tent) campsites. They have a picnic table, tent pad, fire ring and lantern post. Water is in the area, not at each site. There is a composting restroom in area. Some sites have easy access to lake.

36. Oak Point Campground Restroom

37. Oak Point Amphitheater

Campfire programs are held here.

38. Center Loop Trail 2.8 miles

This is a hike and bike trail that makes a loop from through all the campgrounds on the eastern side Johnson Branch Unit.

A few minor EveryTrail guide points have been included to mark this trail.

39. Pecan Creek Access Entrance & Launch

• Two-lane ramp with boarding pier and parking for up to 75 vehicles
• No fee required; donation accepted
• Open all year
• Operated by Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept. (940) 686-2148

40. Historic Old Corral

You can hike or bike to this landmark on the Central Loop Trail. It is near the new Willow Cove Campground.

41. Parking Oak Point Campground

42. Parking Dogwood Canyon Campground

43. Parking Overflow A Campsites

44. Restroom & Showers Overflow A Campsites

45. Parking Overflow B Campsites

46. Parking Johnson Branch Unit Boat Launch

47. Boat Launch Restroom

48. Parking Day Use Area

49. Parking Day Use Area

50. Parking Day Use Area

51. Dogwood Canyon Primitive Hiking Trail

52. Dogwood Canyon Primitive Hiking Trail

53. Dogwood Canyon Primitive Hiking Trail

Several short alternate trail loops leading to the lake edge.

54. Dogwood Canyon Primitive Hiking Trail

Several short alternate trail loops leading to the lake edge.

55. Dogwood Canyon Primitive Hiking Trail

Several short alternate trail loops leading to the lake edge.

56. Dogwood Canyon Primitive Hiking Trail End Loop

The trail is 2.6 miles to the loop point and approximately 4.5 miles total. this is without taking any of the short side loops to the lake edge.

57. Dogwood Canyon Primitive Hiking Trail End Loop

58. Dogwood Canyon Primitive Hiking Trail Side Loop

59. Dogwood Canyon Primitive Hiking Trail Side Loop

60. Dogwood Canyon Primitive Hiking Trail Side Loops

61. Center Loop Trail

62. Center Loop Trail

63. Center Loop Trail

64. Center Loop Trail