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Copper Breaks State Park is located in Northern Texas. The park got its name from firstly the small amounts of copper that can be found in the area clay, and then the 'breaks' refer to the faults that define the waterways in the park. Today the park is a stunning place to explore. When you search for an RV in Hardeman County, you will have access to this very popular area.
Overall the park covers a little more than 1898 acres of land, containing two small lakes; Copper Breaks Lake and Big Pond, and about 10 miles of hiking trails. Originally it was part of the land held by the Comanche and Kiowa but then opened as a state park back in 1974, with access for the public.
The park is popular for equestrians thanks to the designated equestrian campsites available, plus the 3.8-mile round trip equestrian trails, which covers both flat and rough terrain through some beautiful landscapes. It is a beautiful place to explore on horseback, plus with the designated Copper Breaks State Park camping area with a water tank for the horses and tying rail, you can rest assured that your horses are also well looked after.
Copper Breaks State Park is an International Dark Sky Park, which means that the skies are so dark that they are optimal for star gazing. Once a month, from spring until autumn, the park is host to a stargazing program. The mission of the International Dark Sky Association is to preserve and protect the nighttime environment, losing light pollution. If you can't make it to one of the stargazing events, just looking up at the sky from any of your state park RV campgrounds will give you a good idea of why this park is used.
Wildlife watching is another popular activity in the park thanks to a large number of flora and fauna that calls Copper Breaks their home. Expect to see mule deer, raccoons, armadillo, porcupines, coyotes, roadrunners, Great Blue herons, owls, lizards, and rainbow trout to name just a few. The park also contains some of the official state Texas Longhorn Herd.
There are a number of options for camping at Copper Breaks State Park. For those looking for a campsite with electricity hookups, the Comanche area is your best option, offering a 50 or 30 amp service with water hookups, fire rings and grill and picnic tables. The Kiowa offers similar facilities however without the electricity, plus here there is a playground nearby to help entertain the kids.
Other state park RV campgrounds include the group camping area of Big Pond, holding a maximum of 40 people, however, when it is not being used by a group, individual sites are available to be rented out. Cottonwood is another group camping area, all of which have restrooms and shower facilities nearby.
Many people visiting the park like to combine their trip with a visit to some nearby towns such as Crowell. This city is home to the Firehall Museum which is housed in the town's old firehouse, which was built in 1922 and filled with artifacts significant to local history. Another interesting museum nearby is the Hardeman County Historical Museum featuring the history of Quanah and Hardeman County, while the upstairs of the museum has intact cells from when the building was a jail.
The town of Vernon has events taking place throughout the year and is a good place to visit for a sense of the authentic Texas cowboy culture. The annual Historic Santa Rosa Roundup Rodeo in May is an event that should not be missed. The event brings riders from miles around and kicks off with a huge parade down Main Street, so is a great time to camp in an RV near Copper Breaks State Park.