Daingerfield State Park

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Discover a Pineywoods paradise.

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Built in the 1930s by the men of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), Daingerfield State Park is a place of legacy and adventure. Here, 100-foot-tall pine trees tower over the park’s spring-fed lake and native stone structures. Explore this natural beauty on over three miles of hiking trails.


All trails hiking and biking unless otherwise indicated.

This list may not include all trails in the park.

Trail Distance Time Difficulty Description
Rustling Leaves Trail 2.4 mi. 2 hrs. Moderate Take a relaxing hike through the “Cathedral of the Trees” that surround Lake Daingerfield. Don’t miss the peninsula loop on the south side of the lake for a whole new view of the park. 

Due to natural erosion, tree roots are exposed along the trails. Please watch your step.
Mountain View Trail 1.2 mi. 1 hr. Challenging Challenging yet rewarding, this trail travels to one of the highest spots in the area. Enjoy the view of pine-covered bluffs. Note: Portions of the trail are steep.
List of Trails

Points of Interest

GPS coordinates shown in decimal degrees.

Point Latitude Longitude Description
Historic Entry Sign 33.0094° -94.6978° Relocated here during road construction, this CCC-built sign once marked the original park entrance.
Little Pine Interpretive Center 33.0084° -94.7005° See exhibits and attend ranger programs here on most weekends.
Scenic View 33.0114° -94.7044° Catch your breath and take in a view of the surrounding piney hills and valleys from this high point.
Bridge and CCC Dam 33.0080° -94.7032° Look for birds, turtles, and other wildlife at this tranquil spot. In wet years, listen to lake water cascading behind the dam.
CCC Picnic Area 33.0061° -94.6969° The men of the CCC thought this peninsula was a good spot for a picnic, and constructed grills and picnic tables here. Only one grill remains standing.
List of Points of Interest

Staying Safe

  • Know your limits. Prepare for sun and heat. Wear sunscreen, insect repellent and appropriate clothing/hiking shoes.
  • Drink plenty of water. Your body quickly loses fluids when you’re on the trail. Bring a quart of water per hour of activity.
  • Tell others where you’ll be. If possible, avoid exploring alone. Tell someone where you are going and when you plan to return.
  • Wear a helmet. When mountain biking, check with park HQ to match the trail to your skill level. Wear a helmet to protect yourself in case of a crash.
  • You may not be able to connect. It’s a good idea to take along a cell phone and GPS unit, but don’t count on them.
  • Potentially harmful plants and animals live here. You’ll see them more easily if you stay on trails.

Trail Etiquette

  • Trash your trash. Keep the park natural. Pack out all of your trash and Leave No Trace.
  • Leave feeding to nature. Feeding wild animals will make them sick and more likely to harm people.
  • Don’t Pocket the Past. Help preserve Texas heritage. Leave artifacts where you find them and report their location to a ranger.
  • Take only memories and pictures. Please don’t disturb or remove any of the park’s plants, animals or artifacts.
  • Keep pets on leashes for their safety, and to protect wildlife.
  • We need to know about your caches. Please check with park HQ before placing geocaches within the park.