As we all know, Texas is a huge state, which means we benefit from multiple types of terrain and wildlife. And there’s no better way to take in the beautiful sights than by visiting some of Texas’s top parks. Continuing our series of reviewing Texas parks, here are some of the top parks in north Texas.
1) Dinosaur lovers! Make plans to visit Dinosaur Valley State Park. You can find real historic dinosaur tracks in the riverbeds that have been preserved through the ages plus see enormous dinosaur models. Also, there is a trail to guide visitors along the correct path along with signs posted to help hikers spot the tracks.
Address: 1629 Park Rd. 59, Glen Rose, TX 76043. Phone: (254) 897-4588
2) No need to drive to Arizona to see Grand Canyon – we recommend the Palo Duro Canyon State Park for some breathtaking views. Known as the “Grand Canyon of Texas,” this park should be a must-see on the list of places to visit around Texas. The Canyon is 120 miles long and has an elevation of 3,500 feet above sea level at the rim and claims to be the second largest canyon in the U.S. (palodurocanyon.com).
Visitors can take in these breathtaking views by foot, mountain bike, or like the cowboys did – by horse. In addition to enjoying the Canyon, there is an outdoor theater production titled TEXAS, which is the official play of the state of Texas. It takes place in the Pioneer Amphitheater and showcases through fictional characters “…the stories, struggles and triumphs of the settlers of the Texas Panhandle in the 1800s.”
Address: 11450 Park Road 5, Canyon, TX 79015. Phone: (806) 488-2227
3) Abilene State Park is widely known for its most popular attraction: the large swimming pool built by the Civilian Conservation Corp years ago. With a stunning backdrop of rust-colored sandstone, this is a great way to keep cool during the hot summers.* In addition, Abilene State Park offers many outdoor opportunities like fishing, hiking, and boating at Lake Abilene. The park also provides different camping options, including: traditional campsites, screened shelters, a Lake House cabin, and (best of all) yurts – a large canvas tent with furniture and flooring.
(*Note: the pool is closed for the 2014 season due to drought conditions.)
Address: 150 Park Road 32, Tuscola, TX 79562. Phone: (325) 572-3204
4) Possum Kingdom State Park lies in the Palo Pinto Mountains and Brazos River and borders Possum Kingdom Lake, which is known for its clear blue waters. One of the park’s most unique attributes is a geological feature called “Hell’s Gate,” a channel that cuts between an island and a row of cliffs. Visitors can boat, fish, ski, scuba dive and snorkel in the lake so there is something for most everyone.
Address: 3901 St Park Road 33, Caddo, TX 76429. Phone: (940) 549-1803.
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