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Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Overview and Lost Pines Trail

Isle du Bois State Park - Lost Pines Nature Trail. Take a casual walk from the visitors center to the lake and back
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 0.8 miles
Duration: Less than 1 hour
Family Friendly

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

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

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Points of Interest

This is the main entrance to the Isle du Bois portion of the park. The park headquaters and visitors center is ahead about .25 miles.

Welcome to Ray Roberts Lake State Park.
There is a lot to see, explore, and experience at Ray Roberts.

The beauty and variety of Ray Roberts Lake State Park can be seen everywhere you look.

Photographers often capture the constantly changing beauty of Ray Roberts. This video slide show is a compilation of beautiful photos of Ray Roberts created... More

3. Visitors Center

The Visitor Center is located near the entrance to Ray Roberts Lake, with helpful staff and a wide selection of area maps and brochures. Please contact Visitors Services at 940-686-2148 for more information on booking campsites and for information on local lodging, restaurants and activities.

Isle du Bois
100 PW 4137
Pilot Point TX 76258-8944
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4. Interpretive Center

Enjoy presentations by Master Naturalist Interpreters and Park Rangers. Nature displays that the whole family can enjoy, along with hands-on areas for younger visitors. The exhibits feature unique displays throughout the year on local features and the Lake Ray Roberts Trails.

Visitors to the Center are invited to explore outdoor displays of the... More

5. Lost Pines Trail Entrance

Ray Roberts Lake State Park is located in the Eastern Cross Timbers vegetation region, a narrow strip of dense woodlands bisecting a broad
area of the Blackland Prairie in north-central Texas.

As you walk this trail you may notice that the Slash Pines are not native to the area. These trees make The Lost Pines Trail a unique trail walking... More

6. 1. The Forest Floor

Under the canopy of oaks and elms lies the seasonal layering of each autumn’s fall of leaves. With one inch of topsoil formed about every 500 years, the decomposition of organic matter is a slow, steady process. A mixture of rock, clay, silt, and sand, as well as living organisms, moisture and air spaces, makes up the sandy loam soil, the... More

7. Lost Pines Amphitheater

The Lost Pines Amphitheater is the meeting place for evening campfire activities as well as many special events at Isle du Bois Park. Try sitting quietly and watch for deer, raccoons, and a wide variety of birds that frequent the area.

8. Lost Pines Trail Junction

Return to the trail from the amphitheater. Take the trail to the right to follow the nature trail and the guide presentation.

9. 2. Yucca

A member of the lily family, yuccas have been used by native people and early settlers for baskets, mats, sandals and rope. The flowers attract hummingbirds and may be eaten raw. Soap can be made from the roots. Every part of the yucca can be utilized.

10. 3. Blackjack Oak

Blackjack oaks are the co-dominant species in the Cross Timbers region. The wood is used for railroad cross-ties, firewood and charcoal. Drooping limbs are characteristic of this oak.

The leaves of Blackjack Oak are large, narrow at the base, and with three shallow lobes at the tip.

11. 4. Bluejack Oak

This deciduous tree is easily recognized by its distinctive shiny blue-green foliage which turns reddish in fall.

12. 5. Mexican Plumb

This species is a common wild plum in North Texas. The sweet purplish-red fruit is eaten fresh or made into preserves; it is enjoyed by a variety of wildlife as well. Chickasaw plum thickets may also be encountered along the trail.

Look for fruit or for the distinctive black, shaggy bark

13. Information Kiosk

This Kiosk is by the remains of the homestead.
It may have additional information about the homestead and trail conditions on the Equestrian Trail.

14. 6. Post Oak

Post oaks are the dominant tree species in this region. The wood is marketed as white oak and is used for railroad ties, posts and in construction. The tree is sometimes referred to as “ironwood.” This particular tree is very old and may have been enjoyed by the settlers that once lived in the pre-Civil War log cabin.

15. Pioneer Homestead

The chimney is all that remains of this pre-civil war homestead.

16. Trail Crossing with Esquestrian Trail

Hiking and Equestrian Trails are marked at this crossroads. Please follow Trail Etiquette rules.

17. 7. Live Oak

Named for its evergreen foliage, live oak timber was once important for building ships. The nation’s first publicly owned timber lands were purchased as early as 1799 to preserve these trees for this purpose.

18. 8. Hercules-Club

This tropical plant is also called toothache tree or tingle-tongue; chewing the bitter, aromatic bark or foliage is a home remedy for numbing the pain of a toothache.

19. 9. Gum Brumelia

Early settler children once chewed sap from cuts in the trunk like gum. The fruit is edible but can cause nausea. The wood can be used for making tool handles and cabinets.

20. 10. Poison Ivy

Beware of this plant! Some plants, though beneficial to the entire ecosystem, can be harmful to humans. Birds and wildlife forage this plant without adverse effects. Remember: leaves of three, let them be.

21. Pine Needle Forest Floor

Under the pine trees lies the layering of pine needles. Pine needles are treasured in some Southern communities on a level beyond comprehension -- one exclusive Texas neighborhood is said to truck them in from Georgia. Pine needles create a mild acidic soil, with a pH around 6.5 -- an ideal pH for most plants.

22. 11. Coralberry

A short, deciduous shrub of wood and thickets, the long-persisting fruit clusters are eaten by numerous songbirds, bobwhite, ruffed grouse, prairie chicken, pheasant and wild turkey.

23. 12. Eastern Redcedar

The aromatic wood from this evergreen is used for fence posts, cedar chests and furniture. This non-native species is very invasive and provides very limited habitat for wildlife.

24. 13. American Elm

This large handsome tree was once very abundant, but Dutch elm disease, caused by a fungus and spread by bark beetles, has hurt the population somewhat. The wood is used for containers, furniture and paneling. Notice the American beautyberry growing next to the elm. The American Elm has a distinctive vase shape.

25. To the Lake

Follow the trail sign and take the trail to the lake which is just a short distance ahead.

26. Leaving the Trees

27. Almost There!

The lake is just ahead. Watch for water birds, and animal tracks from the inhabitants of Ray Roberts. They often visit the lake for water.

28. Lake View

This is a great place to sit down and relax. Watch water birds fishing near the shore and water skiers love this cove for calm waters.

29. 14. Cedar Elm

This tree is a native elm and has wings on the limbs like winged elm. It also has very small leaves and sometimes grows next to cedars.

30. 15. Winged Elm

This is a dominant species in the park. The tree has distinctive corky wings on the limbs. The early settlers used the fibrous inner bark for rope to tie cotton bales. Creek Indians called this tree “wahoo.”

31. 16. Slash Pine and Greenbriar

Known at Ray Roberts as the Lost Pines, these pines were first planted about 1950 and they have done very well. The greenbrier thicket may be painfully prickly, but it provides good cover for wildlife. The small berries provide an important secondary food source for white-tailed deer.

32. Trail Crossing

This is the second crossing of the equestrian trail. Hiking and Equestrian Trails are marked at this crossroads. Please follow Trail Etiquette rules.

33. 17. Texas Prickly Pear Cactus

This cactus and the pecan are the only two native Texas plants sold commercially for food. This species produces a bright yellow flower that turns to a red fruit, called the tuna, in late summer.

34. 18. Common Persimmon

This tree produces an orange fruit that is delicious when ripe and very bitter when not ripe. The wood is used to make golf club heads and veneer.

35. 19. Little Bluestem

This warm-season, perennial bunchgrass is one of Texas’ most important native grasses, and one of the “big four” tall grass species along with big bluestem, switch grass and Indian grass. The broom-like bunchgrass provides nesting cover for birds, including the bobwhite quail, and provides a larval food source for butterflies.

36. Part of Equestrian Trail

One of the best ways to experience the great outdoors in Texas is on horseback. You don’t have to be a cowboy to enjoy the fun of trail rides and old-fashioned cookouts.

The equestrian trail is about 30 miles and runs from Lake Lewisville through the Greenbelt (11 miles) to Isle du Bois, to Jordan Park at the north side of Lake Ray Roberts. If... More