Before 2023 comes to a close, Texas will have a new state park, the first new state park since Fort Boggy State Park opened in 2001.

The state park will be located halfway between Abilene and the DFW Metroplex and even though the state park will have the name "mountains" in it, the peaks are only about 1,400 feet tall which is way below Guadalupe Peak which is the highest peak in Texas rising to 8,751 feet.

The state park will give Texans, especially North Texans, 4,871 acres of land to camp, hike, bike, fish, swim, and ride horses.

Tucker Lake is the centerpiece of the park, created by a dam on Russel Creek and spanning 90 acres with plenty of room for fishing, boating, and swimming.

This will be the 90th state park in Texas and it will have a soft opening close to the end of the year with the park opening fully in 2024.

Now if you think 90 state parks would put Texas as the state with the most state parks in the U.S. but you would be wrong, California leads the country with 270 state parks.

So what will be the name of the new state park? It will be Palo Pinto Mountains State Park. As I said earlier, the mountains are more like hills because all of the higher peaks are located here in West Texas.

So get your camping gear, mountain bikes, hiking gear, or fishing gear ready cause you will need all of them when we get our new state park "Palo Pinto Mountains State Park" officially opens in 2024.



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