Copper Breaks State Park
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Introduction

Featuring two small lakes and ten miles of trails, Copper Breaks State Park is a perfect RV vacation destination. The park is very mellow and quiet, with 1,898 acres being available for you to explore and enjoy. Originally Copper Breaks State Park was part of the land held by the Comanche and Kiowa Native Americans. Although not found inside the park itself, there are Comanche mound sites within Hardeman County. The land for the park was purchased from a private landowner in 1970 and the park was opened to the public in 1974. The park is one of two in Texas that has been designated as an International Dark Sky Park, which is awarded to areas that promote sky conservation and environmentally responsible outdoor lighting throughout the world. This regular star-gazing is an amazing site to see and with conservation it will stay that way for many years to come.

There are many recreational activities to do in the park, including boating, fishing, mountain biking, swimming, wildlife viewing, backpacking and kite flying. There are 24 powered camping sites that have 30 and 50 amp electric hookups, a fire ring with grill and a waist-high grill. If you would rather a site with water rather than electricity there are 11 of those available. Equestrian camping is also available along with group and primitive camping. Peak season in Copper Breaks State Park is during the spring and summer months.

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Transportation in Copper Breaks State Park

Driving

Copper Breaks State Park is located in the north of Texas and is around 26 miles from the Oklahoma border. The park is in between a few different smaller towns, with Crowell in the south, Quanah in the north and Vernon to the east. Oklahoma City and Amarillo are around three hours away from the park, Wichita Falls is around two and a half hours and Abilene is around two hours.

Driving to the park is very easy as the area is extremely flat. There are no real deterrents such as tight roads and mountain driving. There may be some snow during the winter time but usually there won't be enough to cause driving issues. Getting into the park shouldn't be an issue either as there are no overhanging trees and each campsite has ample space.

If you are coming from Wichita Falls: Take US 287 West to Quanah. Turn left onto Highway 6. Travel south for 13 miles and you will see the park entrance. From Abilene: Take US 277 North to Stamford. Take Highway 6 North to Crowell. Continue on Highway 6 for eight miles to the park entrance.

Parking

Parking is aplenty in Copper Breaks State Park so you won't have to worry about not being able to find a spot within the park.

Public Transport

There are no public transport options to get to Copper Breaks State Park.

Campgrounds and parking in Copper Breaks State Park

Campsites in Copper Breaks State Park

Reservations camping

Comanche Camping Area

While there are three campgrounds in total at Copper Breaks State Park, only one is suitable for RV camping. The Comanche Camping Area contains 25 sites that contain a 50 amp connection. There is also one full service site that has a 50 amp connection along with water and sewer hookups. The camping area is very spread out in an open field so you won't be cramped up. All sites come with a picnic table that is covered with a tipi-like structure.

Other amenities include showers, toilets and a dump station. There is also a playground in the camping area that has a slide and monkey bars. The camping area is pet friendly but pets must be kept on a leash at all times. You may struggle to find good cell reception but you can pick up one or two bars of signal around the camping area. Reservations and walk-up sites are available all year round.

First-come first-served

Alternate camping

Seasonal activities in Copper Breaks State Park

In-Season

Fishing

There are two bodies of water in Copper Breaks State Park that you are able to fish: Copper Breaks Lake and Big Pond. The 60 acre Copper Breaks Lake is the most popular fishing spot and it is equipped with a fishing pier that you can use year round. There are many different species of fish stocked in the waters of Copper Breaks State Park, including catfish, small and largemouth bass, muskellunge and rainbow trout.

Kayaking

Copper Breaks Lake is also a great spot to go for a paddle during the summer. The lake is usually very quiet and there are no real obstacles, so even if you are a beginner there is nothing that should cause you any problems. There is one launch ramp available on the northern end of the lake. If you don't have your own kayak you can rent one from the park during the summer months.

Swimming

Fancy taking a dip during the hot Texas summer? Swimming is also allowed in Copper Breaks Lake with a swimming area on the eastern side of the lake near the Cottonwood Group Campground. The lake water is clean and going swimming is one of the most popular activities in the park. If you plan to swim at Copper Breaks Lake be aware that there are no lifeguards posted at the lake, so take care and be safe in the water.

Off-Season

Hiking

Hiking in Copper Breaks State Park is vastly different to most state parks in the country due to it being a semi-arid region. The growth of bunch grasses, shallow breaks of juniper, cottonwood, mesquite, wildflowers and scattered native pecan, hackberry and soapberry are what dominates the park. This means a lot of the trails are through sparse trees and are more open than usual. Some of the popular trails include the Rocky Ledges Loop and the Bull Canyon Trail.

Museum

The headquarters for the park also doubles as a museum that is worth checking out during your stay. While the museum is not huge it does have some fantastic information on the history of the state park and the exhibitions show off some of the artifacts from the local area. Visiting the museum is also a great idea if you want to find out any information on specific events happening at the park during your stay. The museum also doubles as the park shop so you can pick up some concessions during your visit.

Texas Longhorn Herd

Copper Breaks State Park is also home to some of the official Texas Longhorn herd. First known as “Texas cattle,” and later as “Texas Longhorns,” the animals were very common during the 1800s during the time that Texas won its independence from Mexico. These early longhorns, almost completely wild, continued to roam Texas until the end of the Civil War when popularity started to decline. If it's your lucky day, you could catch a glimpse of this historical breed of cattle during your stay.

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