Palo Pinto Mountains State Park

This state park is not open; it is in the planning and design phase of develop­ment.

Sheltered Canyons, Beautiful Vistas

Drive about 75 miles west of the Dallas / Fort Worth Met­ro­plex and you’ll enter the Palo Pinto Mountains. Just south of the freeway lies 4,400 acres of former ranch land that is now Palo Pinto Mountains State Park.

Once developed, this rugged, beautiful park will offer hiking, camping, fishing, stargazing and other outdoor ac­tiv­i­ties. Until then, you can fish at Tucker Lake and attend special events at the park, like star parties and trail rides. Check the Events page to see what’s planned.

Things to do

Fishing

Tucker Lake is open for fishing until park construction begins. You do not need a fishing license to fish here!

Parking is limited, and the lake does not have a boat ramp. We allow boats with electric motors (no gas motors).

Volunteer!

We need your help. Volunteers help with plant and animal surveys as well as maintenance, outreach and more. Call the park for information.

The park's past

Back to nature

Uplift and erosion over eons formed these mountains. Today, plateaus with beautiful vistas overlook sheltered canyons.

Palo Pinto Creek meanders near the northern border of the park. A dam on Russel Creek impounds the 90-acre Tucker Lake, the centerpiece of the park.

Despite its ranching history, many native plants shelter and support a wide variety of wildlife.

History

Texas Parks & Wildlife Department purchased the first 3,300 acres of this park in 2011, using proceeds from the sale of property on Eagle Mountain Lake (north of Fort Worth).

The park's future

Plans

Plans for the park include an extensive network of multi­use trails for hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders. Trails will lead to remote areas of the park with expansive vistas.

On Tucker Lake, you’ll be able to fish, boat, swim and look for birds. Motor­boats will not be allowed, to protect the park’s tranquility.

Campsites will include RV sites, as well as walk-in tent sites and primitive camping areas. Picnic areas and play­grounds will provide gathering places for small and large groups.

Creating a park

Opening a park requires multiple steps and takes several years. Many factors impact the length of this process, in­cluding funding. TPWD has not set an opening date for this park.

Baseline surveys are the first step. These surveys deter­mine sensitive areas as well as areas to be de­vel­oped. The surveys also identify scenic and interesting places at the site.

With that information in hand, TPWD creates a Public Use Plan to guide the park’s develop­ment. We have already held public hearings to gather input on the draft of this plan.

Once we finalize the plan, the design phase begins. Park planners design the look of the buildings, placement of parking, and other types of park infrastructure.

Finally, construction can begin.

Check back here for updates on the development of Palo Pinto Mountains State Park.

Mailing Address
1915 FM 2372
Strawn, TX 76475

Latitude: 32.535432

Longitude: -98.556552

(254) 210-3015

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