Texas: Lake Tawakoni State Park (2020)

About an hour and 15 minutes away from us is the nearest Texas state park: Lake Tawakoni State Park. We weren’t quite sure what to expect, but it was a beautiful visit. Currently, visiting a Texas state park requires a reservation, even for state park passholders. The reservation system allows the ability to keep from overcrowding. There are still social distancing and face covering rules, so it wasn’t too crowded today.

The drive

There are two routes to get to Lake Tawakoni State Park, and both of them involve (at some point) roads that are less than perfect. Especially close to the state park. We enjoyed the scenery and the quiet rural areas we drove through. Closer to Interstate 30, you can tell that suburbs and subdivisions are being built, but after a few miles going south, it’s all small towns.

The state park

The state park is 376 acres and includes 75 campsites. We went to the day use area, which had a beach area, boat launch ramp, and picnic tables for gatherings. There are also several hiking trails, so we chose a short one, the Spring Point trail, to explore with our cameras.

This was the first area along the trail that really caught my eye, with the trees in the water and the dead tree branch in the foreground.
A little further down the trail was a veritable forest of trees in the water, densely packed together.
As we walked farther down the trail, this water caught our eye. I was very careful not to get too close to the water’s edge, as the ground was pretty soft and muddy. I also liked the unbroken sea of green and didn’t want to disturb it.
Before we headed back to the Jeep, I got this last photo to show what the weather was like with the blue skies and clouds. Gorgeous, beautiful day!


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