"For most of history, man has had to fight nature to survive; in this century he is beginning to realize that, in order to survive, he must protect it.” - Jacques Cousteau
A reservoir off Brazos County lies a state park in the heart of Palo Pinto County in Caddo, Texas. Known for a lake with some of the clearest waters within Texas, you might have heard of Possum Kingdom Lake. Wildfires had went through this area in 2011 due to drought, however the beauty and terrain of the area are slowly being restored and visitors are slowly beginning to trickle in once again. The state park is taking steps to improve the area and adding new trails. Amongst beautiful terrain, a fish farm that grossed me out and winding rounds, this state park was tucked away, away from the city which undoubtedly was music to my ears. A manageable drive of three hours from Dallas, it is a potential option for a day or weekend trip for any parties looking for a few nice hikes and a relaxing departure away from the city.
Even with the scolding temperatures of the Summer, we cinched up our daypacks, filled a camelback or two of water and grabbed a few Kind bars (which were sure to melt) for the 6 mile trek. A great moderate to difficult trail we had planned to hike up the top of Johnson Peak, the highest point in the area. I only say challenging because it was nearly 100 degrees and not a cloud or tree to provide a sliver of shade. My companions and compadres along this journey included my Fiance' Tim and our dear friend Jordan. We didn't see another single soul besides ourselves on our hike up to the top. Perhaps we were the only ones crazy enough to partake in sauna like temperatures.