In Bonham, Texas, northeast of Dallas, Bonham State Park is a 65-acre park that is open for visitors to fish, swim, camp, picnic, hike, cycle, and boat. Situated in the Blackland Prairies region of Texas, the park is predominantly grasslands interspersed with woodlands. Along the shoreline and near water, the woods are denser. Flowering shrubs and wildflowers cover much of the prairie in springtime. While the park's size limits the number of wildlife habitats, it is nevertheless home to beavers, raccoons, opossum, and a number of birds, both native and migrant.
Campsites in the park range from tent spots to fully equipped RV spots with water, sewer, and electricity. See the park website for specific rates. The park also offers paddle boats, kayaks, and canoes for rental from 8:00 AM until 3:00 PM daily, as long as weather permits. Swimming at the park is at own risk since there are no lifeguards on duty.
As with any other state park in Texas, pets are not allowed inside buildings. For the safety of your pets and the protection of local wildlife, dogs must be kept on a leash no longer than six feet in length at all times. If you’re hiking with your dog, always bring enough water for yourself and your pet. Watch out for rattlesnakes or other hazards on trails. Rough terrain might be painful for your dog’s paws without protection.
It’s a good idea to always come prepared with your own waste bags just in case. And always clean up after yourself and your pet. Be respectful of posted rules and of other park visitors; never bring aggressive dogs or unvaccinated puppies, or allow your dog to be a nuisance to others.
The park is open 24-hours and costs $4 per day per adult. Children under 12 years of age are free, and school-sponsored visits may receive a group discount. Contact the park for specific rates. Reservations may be made in advance by calling the park office or through the park’s website. If you’re in Northeast Texas and looking for a nice place to camp or spend the day, Bonham State Park is a great place to bring your family and pets.