Possum Kingdom State Park is located in Palo Pinto County, Texas. This park was originally built in the early 1940s as part of the New Deal. The Civilian Conservation Corps built the park in the Brazos River Valley. It also reaches into the Palo Pinto Mountains. The park is bordered by the Possum Kingdom Lake. This state park follows the Brazos River for about 65 miles, and there are over 300 miles of shoreline. Boaters and fishing enthusiasts who book an RV near Possum Kingdom State Park will find many things to do there.
Palo Pinto County has been inhabited by Native Americans from several tribes including Delaware, Shawnee, Tonkawa, Caddo, Wichita, and Choctaw. The county served as a refuge to protect them from the Comanche tribes.
Possum Kingdom State Park has a humid, subtropical climate. Which means that summers are very hot and humid; winters are fairly mild. It’s a climate typical to Texas and the southeast as a whole. The park is in central Texas, so it might be slightly more arid than other parts of the Southeast.
Vacationers and outdoor enthusiasts who rent an RV in Palo Pinto County are able to reach Fort Worth in about an hour. Abilene is about 90 minutes away, and Wichita Falls, TX is a little less than two hours away.
Possum Kingdom Lake is known for having incredibly clear, blue water. So, boating enthusiasts might rent an RV near Possum Kingdom just to visit the lake. Fishermen have been known to catch striped bass, white bass, and largemouth here. The lake also has multiple species of catfish. Those who bring a boat are able to launch in the park or fish from the pier. Fishing is also available from the lakes shoreline.
A marina in the park allows you to rent wakeboards, kneeboards, canoes, tubes, and water skis. Travelers can find just about anything they need to have a fun afternoon on the water. You are also able to bring along your own watersports gear.
On the land, visitors can picnic at different sites throughout the park. Visitors can also bike or hike through the park. There are many options for studying nature. Geocaching is also popular.
Camping at Possum Kingdom State Park
Possum Kingdom State Park offers several places to park your RV rental from Possum Kingdom. The park offers air-conditioned cabins where one can stay in a more hotel-like setting. Those who choose to camp in their RVs have a choice of different types of accommodations.
Roughly 60 campsites have water and electric hookups. They offer 20, 30, and 50-amp electricity. Each site has a picnic table, a fire ring, a grill for the fire ring, and a taller grill. They are also near restrooms with showers. About 50 sites have water hookups only. They each feature a picnic table and water hookups. They are near restrooms with showers.
Around 10 sites are classified as “primitive sites.” These sites require parking the RV a little bit away and walking up to the site. Each site offers a picnic table, a fire ring, and a lantern post. Bathrooms with showers are about a half-mile away. These might be appropriate for someone who might rent an RV in Palo Pinto County in hopes of getting back to the basics.
Exploring The Area
Possum Kingdom State Park is located near Mineral Wells, Texas. Many of the activities for those who book an RV rental in Palo Pinto County are in Mineral Wells. The Mineral Wells Fossil Park is a park that features a large number of fossils from the Pennsylvanian Period. This period was about 300 million years ago. Visitors can show up with a shovel and a bucket to dig for fossils.
The Famous Mineral Water Company is a landmark from the history of Mineral Wells. Mineral Wells, Texas has long been known for the high mineral content of its drinking water. In fact, one of the earliest settlers chose to settle in the area because he claimed that the mineral water soothed his stomach troubles. That man went on to begin development of the Possum Kingdom area.
Texas Frontier Trails Western Heritage Park tells the story of pioneer wagon drivers who journeyed west from Mineral Wells. The park features historic markers and information about their journey and about the general path of settlers in the west. There are also natural formations and wildlife to explore.
Fort Wolters is a deactivated fort that served as a basic training installation during World War II. After World War II, the fort trained Air Force engineers. Currently, it’s used for other purposes, but markers still exist to tell the story of the fort. Some notable World War II veterans underwent basic training at Fort Wolters in the past.
Possum Kingdom State Park is located between three different state highways. Outdoorsy folks who book a camper rental at Possum Kingdom State Park can find food and gasoline within a short drive. It could be an interesting place to begin a trip through Texas.