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Barnwell Mountain Recreation Area

Monday, May 13, 2019

Alt Names

Texas Motorized Trails Coalition, Rocky Branch Creek

Last Known StatusOpen

This 1800 acre recreation area offers numerous 4x4 and ATV trails that are marked and rated for difficulty. The park features both primitive and RV hookups, cabin rentals and hot showers.

The property is open to both Texas Motorized Trails Coalition members and the general public however members get a discount on admission fees. Hours of operation are from 8am Friday through dusk on Sunday (weather permitting). See website for current schedules and visitor information.

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Nearest CityGilmer, TX
Address6284 State Highway 155 N, Gilmer, TX 75645
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From: Gilmer, TX
1) Take Hwy 155 north about 5 miles (look for a green sign on the left side of the highway that will be pointing to the right; sign will read "Barnwell Mountain Recreation Area")
2) When you see the green sign turn right
3) Proceed toward the recreation area.


LandPrivately Owned / Commercial


Our RatingRating
Recommended StayFull Day
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Approx Size1,800 acres (3 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail50
Climate TypeForest
Elevation350 to 600 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Rated, Heavily Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has little sandy areas.Little
MudThe trail has some mud after it rains.Some
DustThe trail has some dust on typical days.Some
RocksThis trail has some rocks.Some
TreesThe trail has some trees.Some
Steep HillsThis trail has some steep hills.Some
Water CrossingsThe trail has no water crossings.None
Small JumpsThis trail has few small jumps.Few
Large JumpsThis trail has few large jumps.Few
BermsThe trail has some berms.Some
Sand/Gravel PitsThis private land has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis private land has few single track trails.Few
RoadsThis private land has few roads.Few
ShadeThis private land has some shaded areas.Some
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has some expert terrain.Some


Permit RequiredYesTX OHV Decal
Dates OpenFriday - Sunday
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthNo Restriction
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSPermitted
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered)Permitted
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
No Restriction
Helmets RequiredYes
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingNo Restriction(camp anywhere)
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingNono riding after 10pm
Emergency / Law EnforcementSomepatrolled by local deputy
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet recommends that all riders obtain motorcycle insurance or ATV / UTV insurance before visiting any of the locations depicted.


EntryYes ($5.00 per person)
General Public Admission (per vehicle)
RidingYes ($15.00 per OHV)
Non-Members - $30
Tent: $10.00
RV: $25.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $0.00
Electric Sites - $25
CommentAnnual Membership - $60


First Aid First Aid5-20 Miles (SW)East Texas Medical Center Gilmer (903) 841-7100
Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (NW)Exxon (903) 762-1150
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (NW)Exxon (903) 762-1150
Potable Water WaterOn Site
RV Hookups RV HookupOn Site
RV Dump Station RV DisposalOn Site
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn Site
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (NW)Exxon (903) 762-1150
Swimming Swim Area5-20 Miles (NE)Alley Creek Recreation Area Beach (903) 755-2637
Body of Water Water BodyOn Site
Boating Launch Boat Ramp5-20 Miles (NE)Dishman's Landing Boat Ramp (903) 665-2336


Contact InfoTexas Motorized Trails Coalition - Barnwell Mountain
6284 State Highway 155 N
Gilmer, TX 75645
(903) 797-4066
CommentPark Hotline
Contact InfoSteve Thompson (OHV Program Manager)
Texas Parks And Wildlife
4200 Smith School Road
Austin, TX 78744
(512) 389-8917
(512) 538-4427
CommentTexas OHV Decal Info


Barnwell Mountain Trail Photo

Barnwell Mountain Recreation Area Trail

Photo Submitted 11/24/2013 (Thanks!)

Barnwell Mountain Trail Photo

Barnwell Mountain Recreation Area Trail

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Barnwell Mountain Trail Photo

Barnwell Mountain Recreation Area Trail

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Barnwell Mountain Trail Photo

Barnwell Mountain Recreation Area Trail

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Barnwell Mountain Trail Photo

Barnwell Mountain Recreation Area Trail

Photo Submitted 2/27/2016 (Thanks!)

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