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Possum Kingdom State Park, Caddo

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#120 of 198 in Nature in Texas
Possum Kingdom State Park is a state park in Palo Pinto County, Texas, USA, that was built in the 1940s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. It covers approximately, and lies in the Palo Pinto Mountains and Brazos River Valley of Texas. The park borders the large Possum Kingdom Lake, a 20000acre lake known for its clear blue waters. Possum Kingdom winds for down the Brazos River, and has more than of shoreline. A privately owned store and marina in the park cater to boaters and campers.The Boy Scouts of America have a summer camp "Constantin" on the shores of Possum Kingdom Lake as does the YMCA at camp "Grady Spruce".Camp Grady Spruce is directly across from the most well known geological feature of the lake called "Hell's Gate", a channel which cuts between an island and a row of cliffs.The title of the song "Possum Kingdom" by Toadies is derived from Possum Kingdom State Park.On April 15, 2011, the park was closed due to wildfires, and was reopened on May 25, 2011.Due to Texas' severe drought, another breakout of wildfires that began on August 30, 2011 plagued the Possum Kingdom Lake area. The fires burned into September, and though the park was not damaged, 39 homes and 9 recreation vehicles were destroyed.
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  • My wife and I decided to spend a quiet and relaxing weekend at this lake. We rented a cabin that has a full bathroom, kitchen, two queen beds, HVAC, and a fire place. The fire place made the trip spec...  more »
  • The lake is beautiful and the park is well maintained. The park people were very friendly and accommodating, so I will return.  more »
  • It was Hot! Over 100 degrees hot. But we hiked the trail to the scenic overlook anyway. It was worth it. Then we went swimming in the lake, which really cooled us off. There is a small general store, ...  more »
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  • It might be bad timings or maybe it's that I'm not suited for this. But I didn't have any good time here. It might be Scenic in summer but in winter it looked kind of depressing. But again I'm comparing it to Arkansas New England California or Washington which are more Scenic for sure at base Line. Maybe it's a good place for fishing but I'm not a fisherman. Maybe the Boating is nice in summer but it was closed for the winter. And another thing that I didn't like was the rooms the cabins I mean. It's very dated and there are so many cracks in the wall where the wind was blowing into the room making it impossible for the heater to make it warmer for this unusually cold Texas winter. The park rangers were really really nice though. We had booked for 4 days but they gave us refund for 3 days after our one miserable day here. Which was really nice so we didn't have to suffer. Maybe it's a good place if you don't have young kids.
  • Our family loves it here. Clean and very quiet. Tons of wildlife to see. Camp store is awesome and the couple running it are very sweet and helpful. They do not gouge on prices. It’s a bit higher than your regular grocery store but that’s to be expected. Highly recommend
  • The trails and facilities were very well maintained. My wife and I were pleasantly surprised at how clean the restrooms were. There are some very cool spots along the water to sit back and relax. Really enjoyed our time here.
  • Enjoyed my visit given the beginner level things-to-do. Reasonable acquatic sports, simple hiking trails and a variety of camping options - primitive, day use, traditional and air conditioned single units. The park store provided excellent fishing advice supplemented by live bait which led to easy catches from the pier. Folks were sharing the pier space in an egalitarian manner and several more experienced anglers offered advice to kids with successful results. There are migratory ( e.g. cranes) birds passing through the park. Plenty of domiciled water fowl too. Given the large number of deer feed stands outside the park, I would not be surprised to learn that other mammals visit the park too. If it weren't for the lights from the northern shore, I feel that the park would provide excellent opportunity to view the night sky in greater optical detail.
  • Pretty sexy if I do say so myself. No light pollution so the stars were 👌🏻. Kinda chilly in the spring so bring a coat and tons of blankets for campin yo. You know what’s up, go here it’s cool
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