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Native Plant Society of Texas

North Central Chapter

Palo Pinto Mountains State Park

Drive about 75 miles west of the Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex and you’ll enter the Palo Pinto Mountains. Just north of the freeway lies 4,871 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.

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.