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Sitting on 261 acres of rolling prairies and woodlands, Bonham State Park was constructed in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. It is within easy reaching distance of the bustling cities of both Fort Worth and Dallas, providing an ideal escape out to the Texas countryside.
The park is centered around a beautiful 65-acre man-made lake, which was built in 1935, and perfect for a range of water-based recreational activities. Whether you come to hike along one of the many trails, fish from the fishing pier or simply enjoy a picnic with friends and family, the options are endless. So, what are you waiting for, search for an RV rental in Fannin County and go make some memories.
For those visiting the park or camping in an RV near Bonham, this state park offers a range of educational opportunities. A hit with the kids is the Junior Ranger Explorer Packs which is a great way for younger visitors to learn about the natural habitat and wildlife in the area. Almost every week there is a new event to take part in such as nature talks, cooking demonstrations, nature crafts, and more. To ensure you don't miss any cool activities, check the calendar of events before camping at Bonham State Park.
The lake is one of the biggest hubs of activity in the park, where in the summer months it is filled with swimmers and people fishing around the banks, or off the fishing pier. The park also has boat rental facilities, so you can take to the water in a kayak, paddleboat or canoe. Taking to the lake not only is a lot of fun but also offers a different perspective of the lake shores and the rest of the park, ideal for those that want to see the sights without too much walking.
One of the best ways to enjoy the scenery is to take a hike along one of the many trails through grassland and woodland terrain. The woodlands are composed of Texas live oak and eastern red cedar and an array of wildflower and flowering shrubs. The lake shoreline provides habitats for opossum, beaver, and raccoon, which you may be lucky enough to spot while on your walk. There is also an 11-mile trail for mountain biking.
When it comes to camping at Bonham State Park, there are several options. There are a couple of full hookup campsites that can be rented on a nightly basis. The sites are back in and have a fire ring, picnic table, and upright grill to cook on. They also have sewer hookup and water, 30 and 50 amp electric service, and restrooms nearby. With facilities like these, RV camping at state parks couldn’t be easier.
Another option is RV camping at Bonham State Park just with electricity. There are eight of these sites, most of which are back in, and as well as having 30 and 50 amp options, these sites also have to option of 20 amp. There is also a group campsite that has a barracks and a dining hall that can hold 94 people.
There is a range of attractions nearby such as the Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic State, which where the 34th U.S. President Dwight David “Ike” Eisenhower was born in 1890. The house is full of antique furnishings, which helps to illustrate their working-class life. There is also a visitors center which is filled with memorabilia and exhibits which tell the story of his life as both the president and a war hero.
The town of Bonham itself is full of interesting historical places to visit, such as the Fannin County Museum, the Fort Inglish Park and Fannin County Courthouse. The Fannin County Museum contains a fascinating array of exhibits which tells the story of Fannin County, beginning before the Texas Revolution until almost present day, all of which is housed in a restored 1900's Texas and Pacific Railway depot. Bonham is also your go-to when it comes to shopping and dining, with a packed calendar of events. There is also the relatively new attraction of the Barn Quilt Trail, the largest in Texas, with over 100 quilt squares and counting. Rent a motorhome at Bonham State Park to be within easy reach of these attractions.
Another fun place to visit that is just a short drive away is the Grayson County Frontier Village and Museum. The village has been designated Grayson County’s official museums, however, it is a little different from some of the more common museum concepts. Between Denison and Sherman, the museum is made up for more than a dozen historic buildings from 1840 and 1900 located on a 17-acre county park.