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Along with Dallas and Fort Worth, Denton makes up the “Golden Triangle of North Texas”, one of the very best places to live or visit in the entire state. This complex metro area is one of the most heavily populated in the United States, with over seven million people calling it home. Although Denton is much smaller than its two counterparts, it makes up for it in sheer excitement.
This old pioneer town was founded by settlers in the 19th century and later incorporated under the name of Denton in 1866. Both the county and the city were named after militia captain John B. Denton who died in a skirmish with the native people in the territory. With the arrival of the Texas & Pacific Railway, the city soon flourished and the population skyrocketed. Today, Denton is a cultural wonderland full of big-city attractions, fine dining, breweries, bars, and musical venues. In fact, Denton has one of the nation’s best local music scenes making it a must-visit location for musicians and aficionados alike. The Denton Arts & Jazz Festival and the 35 Denton Festival are just two exciting music expositions that fans flock to each year to show their appreciation. There are lots of other events to attend in Denton, like the North Texas State Fair & Rodeo, a massively popular event celebrated by people from all over Texas. Additionally, I-35 and the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport make this city an easy place to travel to and around, so when you book an RV in Denton, all of North Texas is at your fingertips.
There are some exceptional parks located within Denton as well as a variety of trails suitable for hiking, biking, rollerblading, skateboarding, or just walking a dog. North Lakes Park is one of the 21 parks in Denton, with lots of open space and beautifully landscaped walking paths. There are two lakes located on the property, a sports complex, multiple playgrounds, an assortment of basketball & volleyball courts, and even a remote-control airplane runway designed for radio-control aircraft.
South Lakes Park is the other large park worth mentioning, with several shaded pavilions for events, and a lot of other fun features. Lewisville Lake, to the east of Denton, has numerous parks along its shores, some of which are even available for camping in when you rent an RV. Willow Grove Park and Westlake Park have scenic views of the lake and boat launches for personal watercraft too. Fishing is common at other parks like Wynwood Park and Hidden Cove Park.
Ray Roberts Lake State Park is to the north of Denton, and is located next to Lake Ray Roberts. There are two marinas located on the lake, along with some pretty spectacular sandy beaches where sunsets are extraordinary. You can also ride horses or bicycles around the massive lake, or fish in it, too. Campgrounds are available for RVs, making it a great place to bring your Denton camper rental for a night or two.
If you head towards Houston in your Denton motorhome rental, there are four breathtaking national forests and parks waiting for you. Sabine, Angelina and Davy Crockett National Forests, and Sam Houston National Park are teeming with wildlife and wilderness areas designated for backcountry hiking and sightseeing. The 128-mile Lone Star Trail winds its way through Sam Houston National Park, making it one of the best multi-day hikes in the majestic Lone Star State. Big Bend National Park might be far away but it is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the clashing of ecosystems along the raging Rio Grande.
Denton, much like its two sister cities Dallas and Fort Worth, has so much going on that its a bit of a challenge to decide where to start. Denton Square is the central focal point of Denton, serving as the cultural hub. The main attraction on Denton Square is the magnificent retired courthouse built in 1895. The Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square is an architectural masterpiece now serving as a museum focusing on the history and culture of Denton County. Across the square is another building on the National Register of Historic Places, the Bayless-Selby House Museum. The elegant home makes visitors feel as if they have stepped back in time, as they find themselves surrounded by antiques and old paintings on all sides.
The third museum located on Denton Square is the Denton County African-American Museum, founded in a tiny home once inhabited by three African-American families. The institution has now become an educational experience where people can learn about the hardships faced by minorities in 20th-century Texas. Check out the Denton Firefighters Museum if you have the time, opened by local firefighters to pay homage to the profession. This lovely display has memorabilia and artifacts dating back to the early 1800’s. Fort Worth and Dallas are just a 20-minute drive in your Denton RV rental if you feel the urge to see more big-city sights.
When you rent an RV in Denton, there will be no trouble finding a fun and safe place to stay for the night. Wagon Master RV Park is about 15 miles north, near Sanger and Lake Ray Roberts. This unique park has an alpaca farm on site, and offers amenities like full hookups, a laundry facility, a pool, and off-leash dog corrals.
Lake Park Campground sits on the shores of Lewisville Lake near Lewisville, with plenty of spacious lots beneath the trees. Destiny RV Resort is located halfway to Dallas, so you can be closer to one of the biggest cities in the country. Six Flags Amusement Park and the Texas Speedway are located close by.
Northlake Village RV Park has ample space for big rigs, a large pool, and a fitness center for guests to stay in tip-top shape while on vacation. Sanger/Denton North KOA has a pool, a fishing pond, and a dog park for your pets to get out and run leash-free. There are several Walmart Supercenters in and around Denton, and lots of big rig-friendly fueling stations for the Denton rental RV, too.