Only an hour from Dallas and Fort Worth, spectacular canyons, rivers, and lakes conveniently await your exploration. Possum Kingdom State Park hotels are ideally situated for hikes adjacent to the Palo Pinto range.
There are plenty of stunning lookouts along this unchallenging trail, which hugs the lake's shore before diving into inland cedar and oak forest. Hike on foot or bring your bike and cycle through this gentle landscape.
As you explore the Chaparral Ridge Trail, elevation varies some 300ft. You'll encounter a variety of plant life as well as, possibly, wild turkeys, deer, armadillos, and even bobcats. The trail is meandering but clearly marked.
Take your canoe or kayak out on the lake and explore its spectacular features. Dramatic limestone peaks dominate the southeastern shore, forming a cove called Hell's Gate. Don't be fooled by the name—it's actually quite beautiful.
Within easy commutable distance from Dallas and Fort Worth, the green haven of Possum Kingdom State Park is great for families looking to spend quality time outdoors. Picnic areas and water sports, nature trails and fishing trips on Possum Kingdom Lake all make for blissful family time.
Children are thrilled by the swimming, jet skiing, scuba diving, and snorkeling opportunities presented by Possum Kingdom State Park cabins. You can play all day in or near the water, whether you rent a motorboat or simply paddle along the park's expansive shoreline.
Grab your gear and head out onto the lake for some of the state's best fishing. White, largemouth, and striped bass flick their fins in the cool water, along with channel and blue catfish, as well as crappie. Fish from your boat or the park's scenic fishing pier, after obtaining your licence.
Hummingbirds whirr about the feeders near the lake, and a plethora of other wildlife inhabits the adjacent forests. Should you choose to snorkel in the lake, you'll be able to take in the life that lives beneath its surface. To learn more about the local flora and fauna, take a guided nature walk, or enjoy a geocache scavenger hunt.