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Summer Serenity at Possum Kingdom Lake

With summer coming to an end, you might be looking for to one last summer fling (as a couple or with the fam). Just a short trek from Dallas, glistening at the foothills of the Palo Pinto mountains, lies Possum Kingdom Lake, a scenic slice of West Texas. Seated on the Brazos River and surrounded by rolling hills and sandstone cliffs, Possum Kingdom offers a panoramic view of where the grassy plains of North Texas begin their slow transition into the deserts of the American Southwest. It’s the perfect reason to leave the prairies behind.

Get back to nature with some great hiking (on trails that are also accessible to bikes). Additional recreation includes kayaking, boating, diving, fishing, hiking, cycling and golf. For a day on the lake with the kiddos, the marina offers pontoon boat rentals that will accommodate even the family dogs. Or, if you’re raising little fishermen, anglers can vie for nibbles from bass, catfish, crappie and even rainbow trout.

Thinking more in the direction of couple time? The crystal clear lake makes for great canoeing and kayaking (for two, of course!). At twilight, check out the view at Observation Point, located above the dam.

“It’s a beautiful view of the deepest part of the dam,” offers Judi Pierce, the Public Information Officer for Brazos River Authority.

Accommodations on and near the lake include cabins (as well as hotels). Or if you’re more into roughing it, seven parks surrounding the lake offer free tent camping from Labor Day to Memorial Day (from Memorial Day to Labor Day, the daytime charge for these areas is $3 for adults; children younger than 12 free; camp sites are $10 per night). Anytime of the year is a good time,” assures Pierce.  “There’s such a variety of recreational areas to take advantage of – just about anyone can find something they enjoy doing.