Best Parks Near the Texas-Oklahoma Border | The Light Lab

Best Parks Near the Texas-Oklahoma Border

Home to a diversity of ecosystems, Texas overflows with national, state and privately owned parks available for us to explore. With the Go Outside series from First Choice Power, we’ll take you all across this great state to visit both well-known public parks and lesser-known spots that are privately owned, but open to the public.

We’ve criss-crossed our great state numerous times to share our favorite places to hike, fish, camp and explore.

We close out First Choice Power’s Go Outside series by taking you to the northern part of our state, and also just a touch north of the Red River and into the southern end of Oklahoma. Some of our favorite parks in the Texas-Oklahoma border region are:

  • Lake Arrowhead State Park; Wichita Falls, Texas
  • Eisenhower State Park; Denison, Texas
  • Lake Murray State Park; Ardmore, Oklahoma

Whether you fish, bird watch, boat or just love to be outside, these places at the top end of Texas will restore your soul as you spend more time in the great outdoors. Read more about these state parks and all the fun activities you can do at each park below!

Lake Arrowhead State Park

South of Wichita Falls near the town of Scotland, is a large lake, where Lake Arrowhead State Park stands on its shores.

Visitors can enjoy fishing, water skiing, lake swimming, disc golf, a day picnic, camping, some simple nature study, hiking, boating and horseback riding.

The park includes roughly five miles of multi-use trails on 300 acres that are available to horse riders and hikers. Riders and walkers will experience grassy flat terrain native to the area.

If you’re interested in camping we recommend calling before arriving as there are only four campsites. Each site has water, electricity, a fire ring and a picnic table for comfort.

Plan your visit for the first Saturday in June when the Kids Fishing Contest and Adult Rough Fish Contest is annually held.

Eisenhower State Park and Lake Texoma

Best Parks Near the Texas-Oklahoma Border | The Light Lab

Just an hour north of Dallas, Lake Texoma lies smack on the border between Texas and Oklahoma. It is 140 square miles in size, and Eisenhower State Park lies on one small section of its banks near the town of Denison.

This beautiful park is known for its sandy swimming coves, and it’s high bluffs that flank it. Visitors can fish for striped bass, crappie and catfish, or head there for a day of exploring and geocaching.

You can also boulder, take in the Texas wildflowers, search for fossils left from an ancient ocean and camp here.

There are also more than 4 miles to hike or bike. Take a picnic for the day, along with your swimsuit, towel, and a hat, and enjoy this pristine getaway from the hustle and bustle of the big city.

For owners of OHV’s, you can bring your vehicle with an OHV permit and explore their beautiful backcountry woodland area.

Lake Murray State Park

North of our border, approximately only 2 hours from Dallas, you’ll find Lake Murray State Park – Oklahoma’s first and largest state park.

The park runs the entire border around the lake with a massive area of 12,500 square miles. Here you will find beaches, hiking trails, campgrounds, a motorcycle area and even an 18-hole golf course!

Spend the night in a lodge on the ground of the park, or in one of the 56 cabins for rent.

There is also a must see Lake Murray Nature Center at Tucker Tower, that opened in 2013. It is located on the south end of Lake Murray on a cliff overlooking the beauty of the lake. 

Here visitors can learn about the history of the lake, the local wildlife in the water itself, and all and everything else you can think of. Come for a visit and enjoy the massive deck that overlooks the lake!

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Born in Australia, Ebony has been in Texas long enough to consider herself a Texan-Aussie. Ebony has been writing for magazines, newspapers, and blogs, for more than 10 years. When she's not writing she's building quilts, growing her own food, or camping with her family somewhere far from the sounds of the city.