For the first time in 25 years, North Texas is set to open its newest state park in time with the celebration of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s centennial, the department announced Tuesday.
According to a report, the Palo Pinto Mountains State Park, west of Fort Worth and 75 miles east of Abilene, is located in the town of Strawn on 4,871 acres of undeveloped land.
The park will feature 16 to 18 miles of trails that can be used for hiking, cycling, and horse riding. Four campgrounds for RVs and camping will also be available.
“Texans are wild about their state parks, with millions choosing to explore Texas’ wild side annually,” said Anne Brown, TPWF Executive Director.
“The prospect of a brand-new park also received a warm Texas welcome, and it’s gratifying to see the support from generous donors for Palo Pinto.”
The announcement was made Tuesday as the department announced its 100-year celebration, which will kick off in 2023.
The celebration will begin on January 1 with First Day Hikes, where hikers from across the state will be welcomed to visit the closest state park.
As per its website, once developed, the rugged, beautiful park will offer hiking, camping, fishing, stargazing, and other outdoor activities.
The campsites will include RV sites, walk-in tent sites, and primitive camping areas. Picnic areas and playgrounds will also provide gathering places for small and large groups.