Choke Canyon State Park is a giant, 1,922-acre combination recreational site and preservation land situated in Calliham, Texas. This park has everything from geocaching to tennis courts, and hosts a 0.5-acre "dog romp". While the dog section is rather small, the park itself is very canine friendly!
If you and your dog enjoy observing the local wildlife, make sure to keep your eyes peeled as you enjoy the spaces as this park is renowned for its birdwatching. In fact, there are over 40 different species to observe! Canines are free to walk these grounds, provided owner keep a close eye on things. A lot of these bird species are endangered, so park officials ask that you keep your feathered friends safe from your furry friend.
The park is actually divided into two segments, Calliham and South Shore. South Shore caters to day trippers, providing a full marina for boating and fishing, as well as hosting the main portions of the bird preservation sites. This section tends to be very dog-friendly, as long as you keep your canine on a leash. There are four unique hiking trails, most of which are easy, flat runs. Explorers take heed, however. These trails don’t have a lot of entry and exit points, so if you enter a trailhead be prepared to follow it, or turn around.
Calliham is built with more long-term guests in mind. It hosts a full-service park, complete with a campsite, shower facilities, and a 24-hour staff. All 71 sites have water and electricity, and an additional 20 have walk-in tent service, which means your tent stays dry even in the rain. These sites are available to your dog provided they stay in your tent, or staked and leashed on your campsite.
These parks offer Texas' popular Ranger classes as part of public outreach, full information on which can be found at the Texas Parks website, under the "Events" page.