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Designation: Texas State Scenic Byway
Fees: Those associated with attractions, events and nati
Length, One-Way: 550 Miles (916.67 Kilometers)
Time: Approximately 10 hours.

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Description - Travel the Texas Plains Trail to step back into Texas' agricultural area and see miles of golden stalked fields as far as the eye can see. The form of the giant oil pumps stand luminous on the golden stretches, telling of the area's new economy. As you drive you will encounter large, white windmills and quaint farm homes. In this place where cattle have overgrazed the native grasses, and the buffalo have since disappeared, Native Americans once lived and prospered, the great Comanche War Path, crosses this historic land.

Attractions - The Texas Plains Trail is known for it's Archeology, Cultural, Historical, Natural, Recreational and Scenic Attractions.

Directions from : You can start the Plains Trail in Lubbock, Texas, although the Trail is designed so it can be started in stopped and traveled in any direction you like. From Lubbock you can head west on State Hwy. 114 and then north on 214 and then U.S. Hwy 70. Head north on Farm Road 1055 to U.S. Hwy 385 until you reach Channing and then head east on State Route 354 and then north on U.S. 87/287 to Dumas and go east on State Hwy. 152 to Stinnett and go south on Farm Road 687 to Sanford and then go on State Hwy. 136 to Borger and travel State Hwy. 207 to Panhandle and then west again on U.S. Hwy 60 and Hwy. 60/66 to Amarillo, continue to Interstate 27 to Canyon and then take State Hwy. 217 and go north on Farm Road 1541 and east on 1151 to Claude. Go south again on State Hwy. 207 to Silverton, take State Hwy. 256 then 10, 70 to Matador and continue on to Roaring Springs and head west again on Farm Road 684, 28, to U.S. Hwy 82 and then Farm Road 651, which you will follow to Post, it will change to Farm Road 669 and follow that to Gail, where you will go west a bit on U.S. Hwy. 80 and head north again on Farm Road 1054, 400, 251, 835, 1729 and 40 back to Lubbock.

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Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: As a motorcycist, I highly recommend this trail. I started in Lubbock and rode the entire route. There are a few places where there isnt much to look at unless you just enjoy being in the wide open spaces, like I do, but for the most part, the Texas panhandle is beautiful. There are a few problems with the route description that should be addressed. 1st: the route length is way off. We rode a direct route with very little side trip and rode approximately 730 miles. Not the 550 that was stated. Then when leaving Silverton on Tx 256 the route says take 10, 70, There IS no 10 that we could find. We stayed on Tx 256 to Turkey and then Tx 70 to Roaring Springs. Near the end of the trip we took FM 400 from Wilson and stayed on it until we passed through Slaton. We turned on what turned out to be far east 50th street and made it over to FM 835 which immediately turned into FM 1729. We never saw a road marked 251. Can someone clarify these? The highlight of the trip has to be Texas 207 from Claude to Silverton and Tx 256 from Silverton to Turkey. FM 684, west from Roaring Springs is nica as is 651 from Crosbyton to Post. If you are on a motorcycle, as we were, I recommend you shut down before dark to avoid deer, and other wildlife. Besides, you can't see the scenery at night. Eating places as far between. Sutphens BBQ in Borger, The Caprock in Quitique, George's in Post were all pretty good. The rest of the time it was Sonic, Dairy Queen, and Allsups burritos (Best fried burrito around) Be sure to stop at ALL the historical markers. Otherwise you'll miss some of the important information about the area. Try to plan you trip so you can visit Old Mill Trade Days in Post. It was a blast and the food was great, especially at The Shed. That was the best cheeseburger I ever ate.

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