Gilmer, Texas (Upshur) Technical Rating: 1-10
Last Updated: 01-14-2011
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Texas Motorized Trails Coalition
Barnwell Mountain Highlights
The Barnwell Mountain Recreation Area is an 1,850 acre park owned and operated by the non-profit organization Texas Motorized Trail Coalition and was officially opened in July 2000. Amenities include a pavilion, camping, full shower and bath facilities, several vault toilets, rental cabins, a well marked 4wd trail system of all different ratings. There's even a hard-core a rock garden, and more.
Technical rating: (1-10) Easy-Extreme
Severe conditions. Extreme caution recommended. Impassable by stock vehicles. Winching required. Trail building necessary. May be impassable. Impassable under anything but ideal conditions. Vehicle damage probable. Personal injury possible. Extreme caution necessary.
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Directions to Trailhead
From Gilmer, TX (about 120 mile East of Dallas and 225 miles north of Houston) from Highway 271, turn onto Highway 155 heading North. After about six miles the entrance to the park will be on the right, just past Camp Gilmont.
This park offers a wide variety of off-road trails and recreational options from dirt roads, to four-wheel drive trails, to an extreme rock crawling area. For a map of trails, click on the Topo Map / Trails Map link above. It is open most weekends from 8:00AM Friday to 6:00PM Sunday (dusk). The office is open Friday and Saturday until midnight. Entry into the park after midnight is not allowed until 8:00AM the following morning. The way-points below provide views of some interesting parts of the park. Entrance to the park varies from $15 for TMTC members to $30.00 + $5 per person for non-members. You will also be required to have an annual Texas OHV decal which costs $16.
Camping and Lodging
The park has a number of camp sights for $10 a night, and even a couple of cabins available for rent for upwards of $80 a night. There are also shower and bath facilities, several vault toilets. Just seven miles away on the south end of the city of Gilmer, TX are a couple of hotel choices.
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Offroaded on 01-14-2011
Status: Partially Open
Low Temperature: 20° F
High Temperature: 59° F
Camping GPS Coordinates:
32° 47' 21.25"N
94° 50' 53.61"W
This was the every year from 2008 to 2011 for the annual Loan Star Toyota Jamboree at Barnwell Mountain Recreation Area. Each year they closed the park to participants only, and each event was better and better than the last with trails for all skill levels and vehicles, good BBQ, and a charity raffle that just seemed to get more elaborate every year!
The first few times I went, it was in my 2007 FJ Cruiser TRD SE. The last two time was in my 2000 Tacoma SR5 4x4 that I had basically rebuilt from the ground up (not as cheaply as I thought it would be).
Being in January or February each year I went, the weather was often cold, and even a bit wet and ice one year. A couple of the years were actually very nice during the day, but still on the colder side. More recently (2016) they have moved it to be in late spring for hopefully improved weather conditions, but being in east Texas it can still be quite wet and humid any time of year.