This weekend, we had the pleasure of a delightful day-trip to Daingerfield State Park of Texas. Since Texas is so vast I think it will be helpful to mention that this is located in the northeast corner, the Piney Woods region. It is quite a beauty!
Recreational use of this park began back in 1938 springing from the Great Depression as some economies began to recover. We were surprised to learn that the park had been active so long!
As part of President Roosevelts “New Deal” program following the Great Depression, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) hired on the unemployed to work on land conservation and park development projects. There are a total of 29 CCC-built state parks managed by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. These were completed by more than 50,000 men working 6-days a week, bringing to life a large portion of the state park system.
Through winding roads we went, viewing a plethora of people enjoying nature with their friends, families, and loved ones. Thankfully, we didn’t run into this guy…
Daingerfield State Park holds a wide selection of nature fun to keep yourself occupied.
Among the list of activities to choose from are:
- canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding
- beautiful scenery for the nature photographer in you
- an information center with baby turtles
Even a library so you can grab a book, find a shady spot to hang a hammock, and proceed to idle the day away if it so pleases you. Not failing to mention, there are great fields for frisbee, frolicking, playing catch, and any other field activity your imagination can conjure up!
WILL I NEED A LICENSE TO CATCH FISH?
Here, you may fish from boat or shore without a fishing license!
You can bring your own bait or purchase worms at the park store. Here you will find crappie, bass, catfish, perch or chain pickerel. Daingerfield State Park Lake is a smaller body of water so motorboat speeds are limited to 5 mph.
We like that the speed limit is placed on motorboats because the majority of people on the water will be aboard man-powered craft. Bring your own or available for rent are kayaks, paddle boats, canoes & paddle boards!
We decided when we left home that our day was going to be aimed toward hiking and exploration…
Here is a link to an INTERACTIVE TRAIL MAP
Or, if you prefer a paper map we can offer that too! (click below)
Daingerfield State Park trail system can get a little confusing at some points and although you should always be sure to bring water and take the proper precautions, peace of mind can come with knowing that Daingerfield State Park is no where near as gigantic as say Yellowstone National Park 🙂
We were in no rush and had plenty of time to enjoy nature.
Oh! I almost forgot! Dogs are allowed with proper leash but we happened upon a potential neighborhood dog (according to rangers) that we thought may have been lost regardless of his intent upon leading us down the trail. He was hesitant to visit at first but it didn’t take long at all as we kept up the friendly vibe.
He rapidly changed his mind about us and was quite excited to have us as his new wilderness companions. Our stout guide was as merry as could be with jumps for joy to show it!! (so just another reason we were glad it wasn’t too muddy)
We lovingly gave GUGA, his name for the day, as his tags did not specify and he made the “guga” noise when we gave him loving. If you like dogs, well larger dogs, you know what sound I am talking about.
Anyhow, he followed us all the way to Vandit (our campervan) and as I was getting ready to pull a leash out to take him around to see if we could find his owner, the rangers just happened to be coming by in their gator all-terrain vehicle.
As soon as he saw that, I think he knew that was his cue to head home because he was off like a lightning bolt and that was the last we saw of our friend.
Maybe you will be able to get him to give you a tour too.
He does know where the secret water holes are if you are that thirsty!
Sasquatch stands more still for his photos than GUGA does…
Have you visited this spot recently?
Did you find GUGA?
Did you take the GUGA tour?
Did we miss something? Let us know in the comments!
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