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" and the
"Barnwell Mountain ORV Park" sign on the right. 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 brown 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 N. SH 155
Gilmer, TX 75645
BMRA is open every weekend from 8:00AM Friday to 6:00PM Sunday (dusk) unless otherwise noted on the home page as
"BMRA CLOSED". Everyone must exit the park by 6:00PM Sunday. The office is open Friday and Saturday until
midnight. Entry into the park after midnight is not allowed. The office and gate are closed
from midnight until 8:00 the following morning. The park may be closed during inclement weather or for scheduled events. For more date specific
information, please visit the Events Page.
Barnwell Mountain has two cabins and five bunkhouses available for rent. See the Calendar and Reservations
link above for availability and reservations. Guests are encouraged to make reservations early and on-line rather than wait until
the office is open Friday through Sunday. Our cabins are popular and are normally booked well in advance.
The RV camp ground is located approximately one mile south of the office within the park. We have eighteen
sites that provide a single 30 amp plug and can accomodate any size RV. No water or sewer connections are available.
Water is available at the park office or at the pavilion between the office and the RV camp ground.
The electric sites may be reserved on the Calendar and Reserverations page.
The electric sites are designed for a single RV or camping trailer electrial connection. Sharing
of or tampering with the electrical connection box is prohibited.
Each connection box requires a key to access. Vistors can select a camp site and then return to the office for the required key.
A small key deposit of $5 is charged. Campers may only occupy one space. Any RV blocking more than one space will be asked to move.
Camping (Cabin, RV, or primitive) implies park usage fees for two days. Visitor leaving
the park before 9:00AM may receive a one day park pass as a partial refund by stopping at the office.
Entry into the park after midnight is not allowed. The office and gate are
closed from midnight until 8:00 the following morning.
Cabin and RV Spaces during Closed Park Events
Some closed park event organizers choose to manage cabin and RV space reservations themselves. Others allow BMRA to manage the reservations.
If our reservation page for the event date states simply that the park is "scheduled to be closed", contact
the event host regarding reservations.
Local Hotel Accommodations
Executive Inn 920 U.S. Hwy 271 South
Gilmer, TX 75644
Executive Inn of Gilmer, Texas is conveniently located on Hwy 271. Whether you are 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
Gilmer Inn is a locally owned and operated hotel in Gilmer, Tx that offers comfortable travel accommodations for your family,
business, and leisure traveler's 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 Phone Numbers and Emergency Information
Upshur County Chamber Of Commerce - 903.843.2413
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
Upshur County Animal Control - 903.237.4530
ETMC Ambulance - 903.843.5641
Gilmer City Hall - 903.843.2552
If the park is to be closed on a scheduled weekend because of inclement weather, it will be decided
upon by Thursday of the week and will clearly posted on the home page. If for some reason you find Barnwell Mountain has been closed
and the TMTC calendar does not indicate a scheduled closed park event, please contact us.
Click on the map for a larger version. Trail Ratings are also available.
Motorcycle Trail Map
Click on the map for a larger version.
The motorcycle loop is 27+ miles with easy and hard splits. It is marked with orange arrows and starts
on the east side north of the pavilion near the picnic pavalion.
The Aventure Trail is a scenic 16 mile ATV, dirt bike, and dual sport trail that is more open and
less challenging than the MC loop. The Adventure Trail is marked with blue arrows and begins at the start of the
Pets must be kept on a leash at all times within the park. Pets are not allowed in the cabins or bunkhouses.
BMRA does not provide ATV, OHV or motorcycle rentals. We know of no one that does.
An air station is provided across the drive from the pavillion.
Operational Board Meetings
The Barnwell Mountain Operational Board has tentatively scheduled meetings on the second Saturday of each
month at the Pavilion located at Barnwell Mountain. If a meeting cannot be held, a notice will be posted here. Contact a
board member for more information.
The minutes from the previous meetings are available here: