The Lake Lurleen Tornado Loop Trail is a multi-use pathway through heavily wooded areas in Lake Lurleen State Park. This natural surface footpath winds through the forest and follows the course of a tornado that ripped through the park as part of Hurricane Rita's aftermath. Watch for birds and other woodland wildlife in the canopy and undergrowth of this wilderness area.
To reach the path, you and Spot can start at the north trailhead on the unnamed road that heads north from Lake Lurleen Road. Follow the Tashka Trail for about 2.4 miles to get to the Tornado Loop Trail spur. The natural footpath will take you toward the northern end of the lake. From time to time, you'll be able to catch sight of the water through the trees that line the shore. Enjoy the serenity of your surroundings as you hike with your fur-baby. Look for varying forest growth stages in this area. These different sections are a result of the tornado damage in 2005. When you complete the circle, reverse course along the main trail back to your starting point.
This pathway is open to both mountain bikers and hikers, so be considerate. When a cyclist approaches, move to the side of the trail to let them pass. Remember to carry waste bags and pick up your furry pal's droppings. Bring water to keep you and your pup hydrated during your trek. The park requires that you have Fido under control and on a lead or cord with a maximum length of six feet.
Combine exercise with a nature walk when you take the Lake Lurleen Tornado Loop Trail. This natural pathway offers an opportunity to see forestland that's recovering from tornado damage. You and your four-footed friend can enjoy a mutts-needed walk among the trees. Remember to wear appropriate footgear for wilderness hiking.