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Possum Kingdom State Park, west of Mineral Wells in Palo Pinto County, is 1528.7 acres adjacent to Possum Kingdom Lake. Some of the rock facilities at the park were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the early 1940s. The area was acquired by deed from the Brazos River Authority in 1940 and was opened to the public in 1950. This park is located in the rugged canyon country of the Palo Pinto Mountains and Brazos River Valley and is adjacent to Lake Possum Kingdom, 20,000 acres of the clearest, bluest water in the southwest. Numerous white-tailed deer make their home in the park. The Possum Kingdom Longhorns are on sabbatical, roaming the rolling plains and woodlands of San Angelo State Park while their home range is being rested and restored for their return in a few years.
If you are looking for a nice spot to chill out during the weekend or for a couple of days and you are living close to Palo Pinto County in Texas, then you should definitely visit the Possum Kingdom State Park.
Overall, you can camp there without having to pay high rental rates, and since the size of the lake is huge, you can find easily the camping spot that best suits your needs, depending whether you want to be in a rather crowded or isolated spot. The lake is deep, with clean waters and ideal for water sports. You can rent a jet ski or a boat, if you don't have your own. You don't need a fishing license, therefore feel free to fish. You have many chances to come close to a deer, therefore you are strongly advised to have your camera with you to shoot some really beautiful photos.
One of the negative sides of the park, and a quite serious one, is that there is no gas station for at least 25 miles. Therefore be sure that you have filled up the tank and have some extra fuel with you, just in case. Another negative thing is a quite big part of the surrounding landscape was burned by the 2011 fires and is something that creates sadness to any one who loves nature.
Summing up, Possum Kingdom State Park is a nice affordable spot for camping lovers and a great place for families with children. It is nothing spectacular, but if you have a boat then you may be pleasantly surprised by the beauties of the lake !
So worth the drive to see this mammoth of a lake.
I agree that this is a great option for a weekend getaway, but it may disappoint if you are coming from far away. There really are not a lot of services and I am sure when it is busy there is not much privacy. If you are looking for these things do not stay in the park. Stay across the lake. Read their website as it is very accurate.
The picnic tables by the swimming area have lots of huge ants. Be careful, but the swimming is great!
I had gone to another state park that was impacted by the same wave of wildfires and still looks pretty devastated. PK has rebounded fast in comparison!
My grandfather took me to PK when I was little, so I have been wanting to camp at the state park for a long time. (It did not help that there is a Toadies song about PK.) My aunt told me that my grandfather road on horseback through the canyon floor before they built the dam. Apparently, the area flooded faster than was expected so they did not have time to move everything. There is still farming equipment in the lake.
Yeah not as impressed with this park. The camping areas where we were was not much to look at and was filled with teenagers. It seemed to be a young early 20 something party hangout more than families. Our campsite was one of the last ones left and was so small we almost didn't fit the 6 man tent in for all the big tree stumps in the way and we had to put our tent on a steep slope. Our kids kept sliding to the end of the tent throughout the night every night. The bathrooms need to be demolished in my opinion. They were torn up, very small shower curtain that didn't cover anything, excessively dirty and tiles falling off the walls and VERY small. the lake itself is beautiful, stars come out very bright at night and some hiking leads up to beautiful scenic views but that is the only plus here. I would say this would be a great day use park but not so much for spending the night. I don't think we plan to go back. We have been to many parks and this was our least favorite. If you are in this area and interested in canoeing or kayaking check out Rochelle's camping which is about 30 min from the park. They are always nice and the river has nice views to look at while paddling down stream and she is priced reasonable.
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