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Cedar Hill State Park
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Scenic Routes in North & North Central Texas

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Bluebonnet Trail

Key to Ratings: 1-5 stars with 5 stars being must see. The + indicates a personal favorite.

Highway 4/Granbury Loop: Granbury is located about 25 miles southwest of Ft. Worth and is a perfect hub for a scenic drive and visits to several state parks. The historic town square of Granbury has been preserved and prospers with boutiques, antique shops and other attractions. Granbury even has its Opera House that presents musicals and revues throughout the year. Lake Granbury is mostly developed with private housing additions, but there are a couple of public areas. Be sure to pick up a lake map. If you need a place to relax for a few days during your visit, try Arbor House Lakeside Inn B&B (800-641-0073). Contact Granbury's Visitors' Bureau at 1-800-950-2212.

Highway 4 heads to the northwest and is quite scenic in the foothills of the Hill Country passing Lake Palo Pinto (nice but mostly private lots) toward Lake Possum Kingdom. On the opposite side of the lake, Possum Kingdom State Park (***1/2) has all the conveniences, or continue on Highway 4 to Fort Richardson State Park (****) near Jacksboro. This park also has camping as well as restored buildings. From there, either backtrack on Hwy. 4 or head back to the south on Highway 281 to
Mineral Wells and Lake Mineral Wells State Park(+*****), a scenic park with a small lake, camping, hiking and one of the few official rock-climbing sites in the area. The lake is great for fishing and canoeing (rentals are available). (Just returned from an overnight stay at Mineral Wells SP [April '97]. Quite a trip! Mountain Lion advisory distracted us. While looking for them, we almost stepped on a rattlesnake! Great adrenaline rush for the hilly, rocky 4 mile hike!)

From Mineral Wells, return to Granbury either by Highways 281 and 4 or wind around the smaller roads. FM 1189 through Brock and Dennis is a pleasant drive.

If you are still in the mood, continue further south on Highway 144 to Highway 67 and Dinasaur Valley State Park (****) where you can view dinasaur tracks on the bed of the Paluxy River. Highway 201 near the park is worth a short trip along the river, too. To the northeast on Highway 67 near Cleburne, you may want to visit
Cleburne State Park (***) that also has all the conveniences and a nifty hiking trail, too. Further south, Lake Whitney has both a state park (**) and
Corps of Engineer Parks. Nearby, Meridian State Park (****)was built in the 1930s by the CCC and has the expected state park conveniences on a small lake with nice trail. (It used to have a huge bee hike. Some fools came in and burned it out!) Hwy. 174 between Meridian and Cleburne is a nice drive. Check out the Brazos River.

Other Interesting Places:

  • LBJ and Caddo National Grasslands - LBJ Unit is just north of Decatur and may be one of the best kept secrets in North Texas. It's hard to find, and a detailed map is necessary. There are no signs whatsoever. It's rough roads on the way, too. But, you will find small lakes, creeks, hiking trails, and other adventures. The Windmill Lake Project is a flyfishing lake. See our Grasslands Photo below.
  • Lake Ray Roberts and State Park (***) north of Denton, home of the University of North Texas and Texas Woman's University.
  • Lake Texoma has Eisenhower State Park (***) and Corps of Engineers Parks on the Oklahoma border
  • Joe Pool Lake (see our Joe Pool Lake Photo Album) features Cedar Hill State Park(***1/2), and River Authority Parks (Lynn Creek [***] with marina, restaurant, camping; Loyd Park [***1/2] with very nice hiking trail, camping, fishing but expensive (see photo above); and Britain Park that's just a boat launch but has access to Mountain Creek (nice canoeing stream). It's conveniently located just south of Dallas and east of Mansfield. In a recent Ft. Worth Star Telegram article (5-18-97), journalist O.K. Carter described Loyd Park as "dazzling." Well, that may be a bit of an overstatement, but it's definitely worth a visit.
  • The City of Waxahachie is known for it's historic homes.
  • Navarro Mills Lake with Corps of Engineers Parks: Oak Park [+****]; Wolfe Creek Park [***], Liberty Hill [***])

    Spring Break Navarro Mills Update: The recent floods have taken their toll on our beloved Oak Park. Parts of the campground were closed due to high water. Fortunately, our favorite area next to the trail was high and dry. But, the trail was underwater. Herb caught some nice carp on what is normally the parking lot.

  • Ft. Parker State Park (***1/2)
  • Fairfield State Park (***) - Be sure to check out the old cemetery within the park.

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Our Favorite Places to Go in the Metroplex

Frankly, we're not much into the "big cities." But, occasionally, we feel the need to visit some of the interesting sites in the Metroplex. The Metroplex is the sprawling urban area around and including Dallas and Ft. Worth. It also includes Arlington (home of the Texas Rangers), Grand Prairie (home of the new racetrack), Irving (home of Dallas Cowboys), Mansfield (south of Arlington), Hurst, Euless, Bedford, and so on... When we go to the big city, here are the places we like to visit the most in no particular order:


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