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Just a stone’s throw from the Arkansas/Louisiana border in northeastern Texas is the town of Daingerfield. It’s only 30 minutes northwest of Jefferson and an hour south of Texarkana, and it’s home to the lovely Daingerfield State Park.
In 1935, Daingerfield State Park was purchased by the CCC under President Roosevelt’s park creation and preservation initiative coming out of the Great Depression. The CCC used local materials to build the park and construct the 80-acre Daingerfield Lake, which became the centerpiece for Daingerfield State Park campers.
This park is a lush green space with a mixture of pine trees and deciduous trees such as oaks, maples, and elm. Whether you’re up for a bit of hiking, swimming, boating, or fishing, Daingerfield has what you need. Go solo or bring a crew and enjoy this 506-acre park. Book an RV in Morris County and get started on that camping trip you deserve!
If you're the kind of person who wakes up thinking, “Gee, maybe I’ll do a bit of treasure hunting today,” you're not alone, and you're in luck. Daingerfield State Park is set up for geocaching. Geocaching is a great way to explore the park and discover new areas using an interactive treasure map on your phone or GPS device provided by the park. Previous hunters have hidden treasures in various spots of the park, and it’s up to you to find them! Put on your sunscreen, grab your equipment, and hit the trails in search of your very own small treasures, or plant some of your own with the park rangers' permission.
Two hiking trails wind their way through the park. For an easier hike, try the Rustling Leaves Trail. This two-and-a-half mile walk has an easy difficulty rating and takes you around Lake Daingerfield. There's even a loop on the south side where you can see the park from a completely different angle. This trail goes through what the locals call the Cathedral of the Trees. For a more challenging hike, the Mountain View Trail is only a mile long, but it will send you to the highest point in the park, where you'll be rewarded with breathtaking views. Please hike with caution on this trail.
Campers at Daingerfield State Park will find plenty of water activities at the park’s 80-acre namesake lake. Motorboats are welcome on the lake; just please adhere to the 5 mph speed limit. Human-powered boats also have full access to the park, and if you didn’t bring your own, you can rent one on the grounds year-round. Swimming and fishing are also encouraged at Lake Daingerfield. In accordance with the Texas state laws, anglers do not need a license to fish off a boat or on the shore. Fishing fanatics have access to the fishing pier as well.
RV campers at Daingerfield State Park have access to 40 full-hookup sites, 30 of which are back-in and 10 of which are pull-through. This park comes equipped with your standard 30 and 50-amp electrical hookups along with sewer and water. Certain sites can accommodate RV campers up to 119 feet long. Most come with a fire ring and a grill for cooking up your favorite meals.
Daingerfield State Park campers can stay connected using the Wi-Fi available in the park. Most major cell phone service providers have service in the park as well so you can keep in touch with your family and friends back home.
There's an amphitheater within the grounds, along with a ranger station to answer any questions, picnic areas, and a park store in case you forgot something back home or need to replenish your supplies. Amenities include a boat launch, fishing pier, public restrooms, public showers, and a playground for the kids to explore.
Daingerfield is a fairly small and quiet town, but if you’re looking to leave nature for a few hours and catch a movie, the local movie theater is the place to go. Eat a big bag of popcorn and get a sugar rush from too much candy and soda at the town’s number one spot for new movies. The cinema is less than five minutes from Daingerfield State Park campground.
Looking for an adventure that’s wet and wild? Just an hour northeast of Daingerfield State Park is the Holiday Springs Water Park in Texarkana. Tear through the water on one of the park’s many water slides, lounge at the Paradise Lagoon Pool and Spa, or hang out in the gigantic quarter-million-gallon wave pool! This park is fun for the whole family.
Thirty minutes south of Daingerfield State Park is the historic town of Jefferson, Texas. If you're a history buff, this pre-Civil War town keeps its legacy alive at the Jefferson Historical Museum. Built in the late 1880s, this former post office was placed under the protection of the Jefferson Historical Society and has been a staple in the county ever since. The society specializes in the preservation of literature and artifacts pertaining to the town of Jefferson and Marion County at large.
When the fun has come to an end and it's time to hit the road again, you won't find any gas stations in the park itself, but there are a few within a five-mile radius. Texas is an incredibly large state, so if you’re not sure where to take your road trip next, maybe head south toward Houston or begin the big trek west toward Dallas or east across to Jackson, MS.