Situated on a massive 27,000 acres, Franklin Mountains State Park has something for everyone. Popular for its mountainous terrain and extensive trails, this land was populated mainly by Native American for thousands of years. You can actually still find a lot of their pictographs and petrographs covering the surrounding canyons and rock walls.
In the 1970s, when road development threatened this beautiful landscape, locals formed the Franklin Mountains Wilderness Coalition, which eventually led to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Coalition acquiring the land in 1981, and the park officially opened to the public in 1981.
Hiking is the most popular activity here, and your dog is more than welcome to hike the trails with you! Doggie stations line the over 100 miles of trails, including bags, refuse bins, and drinking fountains to help you and your companion survive the heat.
Rock climbing is also a huge sport here, with competitions being held periodically throughout the summer months. Climbing classes are available through the Tom Mays Climbing School, more info on which can be found on the Texas Parks' website.
If you are looking to get away with your dog, Franklin Mountains State Park has you covered there as well. There are 14 unique tent sites that populate this massive landscape, as well as five RV sites. Dogs are allowed on all camping sites, provided they are on a leash.
Park officials stress just how important it is not to deviate from the marked trails. This is a challenging landscape, and if you get lost or stranded without the proper supplies, it can be a real threat to your well-being. Always make sure to bring extra food and water, and have a full charge on your cell phone.
Hours are extended during the summer, contact the Franklin Mountains offices for more info. The park office is open from 8 AM to 4 PM, Monday through Friday.