Just an hour north from the city center of Dallas, in Pilot Point, is a natural paradise where you can get away from it all, Ray Roberts Lake State Park. This state park sits on the edge of the 29000 acre Ray Roberts Lake. The park is divided into nine units, three of which are developed, these being the the Johnson Branch, Isle du Bois, and the Greenbelt Corridor. Within the park, you’ll find many opportunities for adventures for you and your doggo. This park is pet-friendly, and allows leashed dogs to join their humans everywhere except for inside buildings and on designated swimming beaches, as long as they stay on good behavior and are picked up after.
Probably your dogs favorite part of Ray Roberts Lake State Park will be the many wooded trails. These trails are also popular among equestrians, bikers, hikers, and backpackers. The 20 mile Greenbelt Corridor runs through this state park, from the Ray Roberts Dam to Lake Lewisville following the Elm Fork Branch of the Trinity River. Within the Johnson Branch and Isle du Bois there are several other multi-use trails, some of which are paved. People and pups of all fitness levels will find something to enjoy. A map of the trails can be downloaded from the state parks official website.
On Ray Roberts Lake, you can take a swim, go out on a boat, or try your hand at some fishing. Don’t forget the doggy life jacket for your nautical pal! Pups are allowed to splash and play as well as long as it’s not on the official swimming beaches.
If you’d like to kick back and stay at Ray Roberts Lake State Park for a while, you can check into one of the dog-friendly campsites. Both Johnson Branch and Isle du Bois have campsites with electricity and walk-in campsites. There is an additional fee on top of the entrance fee for camping. There is a dog walk area at the campground, where you and your pup can get some exercise and maybe meet some new furry friends.
The rest of the park also features things like picnic pavilions, fishing piers, meeting rooms and ranger programs. With all of these furtastic features, Ray Roberts Lake State Park is sure to be a puppy pleaser!