We went on our first camping trip as a family this weekend! We took our new travel trailer to Possum Kingdom State Park for the weekend. It was a blast! I highly recommend this location. It is on a beautiful lake and property that is close to the DFW area. Here is some info from the park website: https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/possum-kingdom
Over the weekend we hiked, the kids swam for hours, we fished, made s’mores over a campfire, met new friends, and enjoyed time as a family. Brielle made a new friend named Ethan. He is one of the sweetest, most sincere, kindest, and talkative boys I have ever met. I told him I hope my boys can be like him, and I meant it. Brielle had a great time with her new friend and he even took her out on his kayak (thanks to the help of his good Dad).
Ethan’s Dad also helped us with disconnecting our camper from the vehicle, as we had some issues. We are so thankful they were our camping neighbors! Everyone we encountered at the campsite was so nice. We are finding camping to be a great experience. Although, with a camper, I don’t even feel it’s “camping”. Having AC, hot showers, a kitchen, and even a memory foam mattress (I ordered before our first trip for the camper); I am pretty sure this is “Glamping”. I understand now why so many people own campers. It is taking your own mini-home on the road for adventure and sight seeing. I love being able to have my kids experience nature, not just what we have in suburbia. I also love that it has already helped us to bond more as a family. I see many more family adventures to come…of course I will share our experiences on the blog.
Possum Kingdom has lots of camping sites right on the water. I appreciated the fact that they spaced out the sites, so it was like having a large yard space on each side of the camper. My kids swam, climbed on the rocks, and caught minnows all day long.
The hiking at Possum Kingdom State Park was great! On the map it seemed short, but the 1.34 mile loop ended up being 3.5 miles according to our IPhone mapping; but that included hiking from the campsite to the trail, hiking the loop, and hiking up to the scenic overlook on the loop. It was a great hike, extremely beautiful, and we got some great photos along the way.
To reserve a tent site, camper site, or cabin at Possum Kingdom State Park go to this website: http://texas.reserveworld.com
They also have a little store within the campground in case you forget something or need fresh milk, eggs, or just about any staple. I stopped in the store and also discovered they rent out canoes and kayaks! Good info to remember for next time!