For the true adventurers in Northeastern Texas, the Caddo National Grasslands provide a pawfect escape. Located in two areas near Honey Grove, these grasslands offer plenty of outdoor recreation for your and your pup.
The Bois d'Arc Unit covers 13,370 acres just 12 miles north of Honey Grove. Here you can find trails, camping and water recreation at several creeks and two lakes, Lake Coffee Mill and Lake Crockett, all amidst oak woodlands. Around the lakes are developed areas where you and your nature pup can camp, enjoy picnic areas, fish in the lakes and take advantage of the boat ramps. While there is a $2 fee for day use of these outdoor pupperdises, there are additional fees for camping. Restrooms and drinking water are near the campgrounds, just bring a bowl for your pup's convenience, and water bottles for a hike. Multi-use trails loop near each of the lakes lets you and your dog roam into the wilderness. You can see a bounty of flora and fauna in the grasslands, including coyotes, bobcats, white-tailed deer, waterfowl, bobwhite quail, red fox, turkey, and songbirds. Other furbulous activities enjoyed here are mountain biking, swimming, and horseback riding. Access this unit from Honey Grove by taking Highway 82 to FM 100 north for 10 miles.
The Ladonia Unit is smaller at 2,780 acres and features Blackland Prairie and scattered forests along creeks and the Sulphur River. Lake Fannin is also on site for fishing and boating, but is not as developed as the Bois d'Arc Unit. A bike trail circles the lake. From Honey Grove, take SH 34 south for 10 miles toward Ladonia, then to SH west for 4 miles.
Both units allow hunting with permits, so be sure to wear your safety orange during hunting season, even if you are not hunting yourself. Due to the wild and delicate nature of much of the grasslands, there will be areas your dog is not allowed, so note signage when exploring. Always keep your dog leashed at all times, and have clean-up bags handy to pick up whatever is left behind.
Head to north Texas to get back to nature at the Caddo National Grasslands with your pup!