There are plenty of stunning lookouts along this unchallenging trail, which hugs the lake's shore before diving into inland cedar and oak forest. Hike on foot or bring your bike and cycle through this gentle landscape.
As you explore the Chaparral Ridge Trail, elevation varies some 300ft. You'll encounter a variety of plant life as well as, possibly, wild turkeys, deer, armadillos, and even bobcats. The trail is meandering but clearly marked.
Take your canoe or kayak out on the lake and explore its spectacular features. Dramatic limestone peaks dominate the southeastern shore, forming a cove called Hell's Gate. Don't be fooled by the name—it's actually quite beautiful.