Possum Kingdom State Park

Possum Kingdom State Park, Texas

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Possum Kingdom State Park is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Palo Pinto County, Texas. It is within Possum Kingdom State Park. It is 1.5 miles long and begins at 1,021 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 253 feet.
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Possum Kingdom State Park is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Palo Pinto County, Texas. It is within Possum Kingdom State Park. It is 1.5 miles long and begins at 1,021 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 253 feet.
Activity Type: Birding, Campgrounds, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Road Biking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Possum Kingdom State Park
Distance: 1.5
Elevation Gain: 253 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 1,021 feet
Top Elevation: 1,075 feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Possum Kingdom State Park
Parks: Possum Kingdom State Park
Elevation Min/Max: 1020/1075 ft
Elevation Start/End: 1021/1021 ft
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The Best in Tent Camping: Texas

The Best in Tent Camping: Texas

As you leave Mineral Wells, you cross the legendary Brazos River and head into Hill Country beauty known as the Palo Pinto Mountains.

The wide vistas and juniper-covered hills are dotted with longhorn cattle, pumping oil wells, cacti, and windmills that give this remote area a special place in Texas history. It is still sparsely populated and only a tough breed of Texan chooses to work and live in these rugged hills.

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Birding Texas

Birding Texas

The 1,615-acre Possum Kingdom State Park is situated on the southeastern corner of Possum Kingdom Lake, a 19,800-acre freshwater lake, 65 miles long and with more than 300 miles of shoreline, administered by the Brazos River Authority. The lake and park are managed primarily for water recreation; visitation can be heavy on weekends and holidays.

Key birds: Wood Duck, Wild Turkey, Greater Roadrunner, Goldenfronted Woodpecker, Canyon Wren, Canyon Towhee, and Rufouscrowned Sparrow are present year-round. Mississippi Kite, Common Poorwill, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Black-capped Vireo, Goldencheeked Warbler, Painted Bunting, Dickcissel, Cassin’s and Grasshopper Sparrows, and Lesser Goldfinch occur in summer. Common Loon, Osprey, Bald Eagle, Ferruginous and Rough-legged Hawks, Rock Wren, and LeConte’s and Fox Sparrows can usually be found in winter.

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Best Bike Rides in Texas

Best Bike Rides in Texas

Unusually clear water is one of the unique features of Lake Possum Kingdom. The lake was formed by damming the Brazos River, but the river had long before carved deep canyons through the limestone and sandstone beds here. This beautiful lake and its canyon walls and cliffs are on display throughout Possum Kingdom State Park, the starting point for this ride through the countryside to the west and south of the lake. Another unique feature in the park is a large portion of the official state longhorn herd.

Much of the countryside you'll ride through on this route is high-quality range land where ranching continues to be the principal activity. Although the State Park may seem like a remote starting point, it allows for a special ride on a long, quiet park road. Terrain: big climb out of the park; rolling hills along the park road; flat, open stretches with some hills along the FM roads. Road: park and FM roads are two lanes, no shoulder, but very light traffic. Short stretch on US 180 has a wide shoulder.

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May 2018