Barnwell Mountain Recreational Area - Gilmer, Texas

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Barnwell Mountain Recreational Area - Gilmer, Texas

Postby KF5ZXT » Fri Nov 09, 2001 3:57 pm

http://www.barnwellmountainra.com

CLOSEST TOWN:Gilmer
DISTANCE FROM HOUSTON: 234 Miles
DRIVING TIME: 4 Hours 14 Minutes

Located high atop the Barnwell Mountains of East Texas is one of the state's best kept offroad secrets - the Barnwell Mountain Recreational Area.
Opened in 2000, this Texas Motorized Trails Coalition property offers motorcycle, ATV, and OHV enthusiasts 1,850 acres of pure delight. The Mountain has something for everyone including a 27+ mile single track trail for dirt bikes and miles of scenic trails and challenging hills for ATVs and OHVs.

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Primitive campsites and RV hookups with 30 Amp receptacles are available. Other amenities include showers, restrooms, an air station, a pavilion, and on-site management.

The park facilities and trail systems were designed and constructed specifically for motorized off-road purposes. The trail system was developed by the all-volunteer TMTC membership and is mapped and rated with proper signage.

Whether you are an offroad pro, a novice, or something in between, you will find fun and adventure for the whole family in a unique and beautiful outdoor setting at Barnwell Mountain.

Come visit us this weekend!

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Location

Barnwell Mountain Recreational Area is located five miles North of Gilmer, TX on State Highway 155. Gilmer is home of the nationally famous Yamboree and features a historical museum, the Cherokee Rose Festival, art, antiques, and crafts shopping.

Hours of Operation

BMRA is open every weekend from 8:00 am Friday to approximately 6:00 pm Sunday (dusk) unless otherwise noted on this calendar as "BMRA CLOSED". A gate guard is on duty Friday night until 2am and Saturday night until midnight for after hours access.The park may be closed during inclement weather. For more date specific information, please watch the Upcoming Events page.

Property Description

BMRA is the Texas Motorized Trail Coalition's first property and was officially opened in July 2000. It has become one of the premier off-highway parks in the United States. BMRA is one of the largest projects funded principally using the Recreational Trails Program grant process.
Some of BMRA's amenities include full shower and bath facilities, several port-a-potties throughout the property, and a well marked trail system utilizing unobtrusive trail signage. These signs are now being used at many off-road facilities.

This beautiful eighteen hundred fifty (1,850) acre park is a shining example of what TMTC and its members and volunteers can accomplish. TMTC and BMRA have been recognized by such organizations as:

Texas Parks & Wildlife
The Blue Ribbon Coalition
Tread Lightly!
National Off Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC)
The ATV Safety Institute (ASI)
American Motorcyclist Association
United Four Wheel Drive Association
Southwest Four Wheel Drive Association
and many regional and state organizations.


Surrounding Area - Gilmer, Texas, Upshur County

Nestled among the pine covered hills and lakes of Northeast Texas, Gilmer is the economic center of Upshur County (population 33,986). Gilmer is located 120 miles east of Dallas, 225 miles north of Houston and 80 miles west of Shreveport, Louisiana. Its location provides easy access to both Longview and Tyler. Gilmer is a community reflecting the values of small town America with an eye toward a managed and progressive future. The area's dual-based economy centers around industry and agriculture (beef, dairy, poultry and timber). The majority of Gilmer's workforce is employed locally or in surrounding communities.

Gilmer has a history closely entwined with the founding and early days of the Texas Republic more than 100 years ago. First settled by white men about 1835, this area, which became Upshur County a dozen years later, was filled with Cherokee Indians.

Gilmer's location was determined by a flood on Little Cypress Creek. First located near the creek, residents decided to change locations because of frequent floods. On the day of the election a flood kept voters north of the creek from getting to the polling place, so the south side voters won.

Gilmer's first court was held on Cherokee Trace under a big oak tree. Judge Oran Roberts, who later became a Texas governor, presided over this court a few years after the county was established by the legislature in 1846. A historical marker now marks this site.

Gilmer was located in 1846. The county was named for United Stated Secretary of State Able P. Upshur, and Gilmer was named for Capt. Thomas W. Gilmer, Navy Secretary. Both were killed in 1844 when a new Naval gun exploded during a demonstration aboard the USS Princeton on the Potomac.

In addition to becoming a leading trade center in northeast Texas before the Civil War, Gilmer became an educational center. In 1850 the Methodist Church organized a Male Institute and a Female Institute. In 1858 the Gilmer Masonic Lodge took over the Women's Institute, but the Civil War interrupted their plans for enlarging the school. After the war Morgan Looney, a Mason and one of the greatest of the early Texas educators, came here from Georgia and took over the Masonic School and established the Looney School. Two governors, Charles Culberson and Oran M. Roberts, were graduates. There were many other famous early Texas leaders who were students.

Gilmer has maintained a steady growth over the past years, but it was the discovery of the East Texas Oil Field which kept residents from feeling the full blow of the depression of the early thirties. On May 7, 1931, oil was found in the southeast portion of Upshur County giving the area a tremendous boost. A new Courthouse, the present one, was built in 1935, with $200,000 cash. That portion of the original East Texas Oil Field in Upshur County is now dying, but oil and gas have recently been discovered in other areas of the county, and many new industries have come in to take the place of oil as our principal source of income.

Resource: http://www.gilmer-tx.com

Property Location

From Gilmer turn east onto State Highway 155 North (this is a stoplight). Go approximately five (5) miles and as you start to climb a hill look for a brown sign on the left that says "Barnwell Mountain Recreation Area". You have to watch for the turn off because it is at the crest of the hill and you will miss it if you are not paying attention. This sign is directly across the highway from the entrance. Turn right, go through the gate and up the hill.... you can't miss it.

Barnwell Mountain Recreation Area
6284 Texas 155
Gilmer, TX 75645

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Office Coordinates: 32.8007,-94.8759

HOURS OF OPERATION

BMRA is open every weekend from 8:00 am Friday to approximately 6:00 pm Sunday (dusk) unless otherwise noted on the home page as "BMRA CLOSED". A gate guard is on duty Friday night until 2am and Saturday night until midnight for after hours access. The park may be closed during inclement weather or for scheduled events. For more date specific information, please visit the Events Page.

LOCAL HOTEL ACCOMODATIONS

Executive Inn
920 U.S. Hwy 271 South
Gilmer, TX 75644
903-843-6099

Executive Inn of Gilmer, Texas is conveniently located on Hwy 271. Whether your traveling to Gilmer for business or pleasure you will find our comfortable rooms and friendly staff waiting to make your visit enjoyable.

Gilmer Inn
1018 U.S. Hwy 271 South
Gilmer, TX 75644
903-843-3033

Gilmer Inn is a locally owned and operated hotel in Gilmer, Tx that offers comfortable travel accommodations for your family business and leisure travelers vacation. We provide excellent customer service at lower rates so you'll feel at home--quality service with a smile. Our hotel provides you with quiet and comfortable rooms that are always clean and spacious.

Local RV Parks

Watts RV
2212 Chinaberry Rd.
Gilmer, TX 75645
903-734-3380

Watts RV Park is located in the beautiful Piney Woods of Northeast Texas on Chinaberry Road just one mile south off State Highway 155, five minutes south of Gilmer at its intersection with US 271. We are near major lakes, shopping, golf, rodeo, the Barnwell Mountain Recreation Area (TMTC) and the Gladewater Antiques Capital and Rodeo.

Shady Oaks RV Parks
1303 FM 2685
Gilmer, TX 75645
903-734-1023

Shady Oaks RV Park of Gilmer sits in a prime location just outside of Gilmer, TX. Surrounded by tall trees in a quiet country setting and located just two miles from downtown, Shady Oaks invites you to enjoy the easy, care-free life that our park has to offer. Less than a mile away, the GIlmer Country Club is available for golf and dining. Gas and grocery stores are just a skip and a jump away so even though you’re enjoying the country, you’re never far away from all the best conveniences. So come on in, park your rig, and stay a while! You’ll be glad you did.

Local Phone Numbers & Emergency Information

Upshur County Chamber Of Commerce 903.843.2413
Box 854, 106 Buffalo Square, Gilmer TX 75644
Upshur County Sheriff 903.843.2541
Gladewater Police Dept. 903.237.1199
Upshur County Justice of the Peace 903.843.5023
Poison Control 800.764.7661
Fire Department 903.843.3225
Animal Control 903.237.4530
Ambulance 903.843.5641
City Hall 903.843.2552

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off camber wrote:Cost about $15 a weekend for access for members. Membership of TMTC is about $35 per year. There is everything from 1 Diamond trails up to 5 rated trails. Definitely the best thing within 3 hours of Dallas.


Bobby wrote:Barnwell Mountain Recreational Area is in just east of Gilmer....about 2 hours east of Dallas on I-20. about 4-5 hours up I-59 from Houston....about a days' drive from Austin! It's 1800+ wooded acres. The TMTC bought a big chunk of the Barnwell Mountain range!
It's been an iron ore topside surface mining operation for years, so the top of some parts of the mountain is flat as a pancake....in some areas, the iron ore is tight packed and about as smooth and wide as a six lane freeway!
When it rains, you can still drive the main roads. Elevations run from 400 ft at the base to 600 ft at the top. The top road is about 2 miles long with trailheads branching off it. The trails range from very easy to totally ballbreaking.
Some of the hill climbs are impossible and there are trails with iron ore boulders the size of basketballs and washouts large enough to swallow an ATV....or a Jeep.
If you have a buddy who "can ride anything" this is the place to visit and have a laugh. Most of it is rough going woodsy riding, but some areas are madman's land. Lots of rocks and rough stuff, some good sandy areas, lots of single track and dual use trail too. This place is open to Jeeps, ATVs and dirtbikes... no 3 wheelers. But, you'd be surprised how uncrowded it is. The different groups seem to hang in packs, ya know?
The locals had known about it and been riding there for decades, so it was a natural choice for a playground. The TMTC hopes to build a similar offroad recreation area every few years in areas all over the state, until we have private riding areas within an hour or two of everyone. No more dependence on Federal land and dealing with government closures. It's the way of the future. Non-profit groups joining together to buy large properties for all to use without fear of closure since it's private land and this is Texas!
BMRA is only open weekends right now...but, it is available for events sponsored by clubs and can be reserved for special event such as races. There are RV hookups...but no plumbing yet, so bring water. There should be full showers and all by next summer. There is a concession person on site each weekend with BBQ and other Texas staple foods. Primitive camping is cheap and you can camp anywhere you want.
When you get there, you have the option of paying for a TMTC membership and getting a great discount on future gate fees (they charge by the family, not per person, and by the weekend, not per day) or you can get a day pass to allow you to check it out. It's like this for insurance reasons. And because in the years to come, we'd like to have several parks...so, you're membership would work at any of them.
The TMTC formed in the fall of '99 and BMRA opened this past spring. Since then they've gained about 700+ members and I'd expect the TMTC to grow to 2000+ by the end of 2001. Drop by the website and get more info. texasmotorizedtrails.com Or call Clyde and Linda out at the property on weekends...the phone numbers and all the maps are on the website.
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Postby SVO » Sat Feb 04, 2006 12:45 pm

BMRA is open every weekend from approx. 6pm Friday - approx. 6 pm Sunday unless otherwise noted. The park may be closed during inclement weather. To be safe please contact the BMRA Property Mgr. at 903-738-0002

You do not have to be a member however being a member helps to furthur off highway areas and parks across Texas and is generally cheaper for most people.

Membership $35.00 per year includes reduced access fees to BMRA (and future parks) and a quarterly newsletter. Also gives you voting rights to help guide the organization.

BMRA Weekend Fees for members is $10.00 for the first day and $5.00 for each consecutive day per family regardless of # of vehicles.

BMRA Weekend Fee For Non-Members is $15.00 per day per vehicle.

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Re: Barnwell Mountain Recreational Area - Gilmer, Texas

Postby KF5ZXT » Tue Sep 24, 2013 10:24 am

The BMRA Board of Directors met Saturday September 21 and reworked the fees schedule to provide a little more incentive to join TMTC. On the day that you buy a yearly membership, you get free entrance to BMRA for THAT day. Members family that live in the same household and can be legally claimed on their income tax fall under their membership, and wont pay an entrance fee. The entrance fee is 30.00 per day for non members and 15.00 per day for members.


Also, like their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/#!/barnwellmountain

Here some pics from one of their cabins:
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Those of us that are Core Members also have access to the SHR built pavilion.

Permanent restroom:
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Re: Barnwell Mountain Recreational Area - Gilmer, Texas

Postby BigTim55 » Tue Sep 24, 2013 1:06 pm

That's a pretty damn nice cabin

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Re: Barnwell Mountain Recreational Area - Gilmer, Texas

Postby LibTimothy » Wed Sep 25, 2013 11:26 pm

I was at Barnwell Mountain last November. I thought it was a really nice place.




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Postby TxPlates » Thu Sep 26, 2013 7:02 am

Definitely a place we'll have to hit up. Got a pic if the SHR pavilion?

Sweet video (less the yellow lines lol :) That is definitely one interesting rig, can't wait to see it in person.
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Re: Barnwell Mountain Recreational Area - Gilmer, Texas

Postby LibTimothy » Thu Sep 26, 2013 8:13 am

Yes, the video camera was giving up the ghost. It has since been replaced.

I have more pictures somewhere. If I can find them I will post them.


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Re: Barnwell Mountain Recreational Area - Gilmer, Texas

Postby KF5ZXT » Thu Sep 26, 2013 9:33 am

Here are some 'making of' pavilion shots.

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I know there's a sink in there somewhere too, can't seem to find a pic of that.

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