Hello friends! If you follow along on my Instagram, you know we went to Chalk Ridge Falls this weekend and had a blast!
So even though it’s actually Tuesday, I am just rolling with in and calling this a (slightly delayed) MilSpouse Monday. Because I get to make the rules here right?
One of the biggest challenges with military life is moving all the time and starting over. You have to find new favorite places to shop, eat, adventure, etc. So I figured I might as well share the places we find as we explore Fort Hood and the surrounding area! If you are a Fort Hood expert and have recommendations I would love to hear them! And if you are new to Fort Hood and need some recommendations, I would love to try to help!
Getting to Chalk Ridge Falls
We live right near the main gate at Fort Hood and it took about 20 minutes to get to Chalk Ridge Falls. It is an easy drive mostly on the highway. The park is near Belton, TX so it a great opportunity to explore the town as well.
Exploring Chalk Ridge Falls
There was a good bit of parking at the trail head though it was a little bit crowded since we went on a Sunday and the weather was beautiful.
Right by the parking area there is a short trail that goes down to the water so we took the kids down to throw rocks in the water and let the dog splash around.
I did some investigating on Instagram ahead of time and knew a few of the cool spots at Chalk Ridge Falls that I was hoping to see. Of course the falls themselves are great, but there is also a really cool looking suspension bridge that I wanted to see as well. Once we got to the falls I realized that they are actually right near each other.
Somehow I didn’t actually take any pictures of the waterfall….#fail. But I am planning to go back so I will update with a picture when I do.
There were a lot of trails that branched off from the “main” trail to the falls and we enjoyed those because they were a lot fewer people on them than the main area.
One of the biggest perks was that most of the walking we did was on shaded trails so I am looking forward to getting to this park even in the summer months because it does offer a little break from the sun and might stay a tiny bit cooler. I know. It’s Texas. It is going to be ridiculously hot. But I am hoping for just a little less hot.
There are a lot of hills, stairs and rocks so this is not a walk I would do with a stroller. However nothing felt too dangerous to do with Oliver in the pack either.
The park is dog friendly and there were a LOT of dogs out and about this weekend.
Overall we hiked maybe two or so miles and it was very enjoyable! There were a lot of places where you could get to the water, so I think it will be a fun place to go in the summer to splash around as well!
What to do after you hike Chalk Ridge Falls
We obviously had to make up for all the calories we burned, so our friends recommended a late lunch at The Gin at Nolan Creek. They have a dog friendly patio and the food was incredible. Everyone was super friendly as well!
I had a Cesar burger…which is basically a Cesar salad on a hamburger and it was delicious. But the sweet potato fries (with caramel dipping sauce!) really stole the show. Oliver thought so too and ended up stealing most of my fries. Good thing he’s cute.
Overall – we had such a great day! This is for sure an easy activity if you are at Fort Hood and want to get out and enjoy some nice weather! I 100% recommend it and I know I will be going back!