Only an hour west of the Dallas-Fort-Worth metro area lies Possum Kingdom State Park, a scenic, relaxing spot to spend the day or the weekend. With plenty of scenic area and lots of outdoor activities for guests to choose from, there’s something for everyone.
On the lake, visitors to Possum Kingdom State Park may swim, fish, boat, ski, scuba dive, and snorkel. The park rents canoes, wakeboards, kneeboards, water skis, and tubes. They also sell some fishing supplies. Fish commonly found in the lake include largemouth, striped, and white bass, as well as channel and blue catfish and white crappie. The park offers a boat launch, fishing pier, and cleaning station. As with all Texas state parks, you do not need a permit to fish from shore. And with over 300 miles of shoreline, there’s plenty of room to fish.
On the land, visitors may camp, hike, bike, picnic, geocache, or simply enjoy nature. There are a few trails to choose from, and an assortment of camping options. Campers can choose primitive walk-in sites, water-only sites, sites with full hookups, or even rent an air-conditioned cabin.
If you go hiking with your dog, always come prepared with plenty of water for both you and your pet. Bring waste bags and be sure to clean up after your pet. Always keep your dog on a leash no longer than six feet in length and do not allow your dog to dig, disturb wildlife, or become a nuisance to other park visitors. In Texas state parks, pets are permitted in most campgrounds and trails but are not allowed inside any buildings.
Possum Kingdom State Park is open daily. Admission to the park costs $4 per day for adults, but children 12 and under may enter free of charge. Reservations can be made in advance by calling the park office during business hours or through the park’s website.
If you are in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and are looking for a beautiful lake area to camp or spend the day at, look no further than Possum Kingdom State Park.