Live in Altus,OK SW corner of OK. we like camping at Lewisville Lake Campground. It's only easy 3 hrs from Altus. We are looking for a campground like Lewisville Lake for Memorial Weekend arriving on Fri-Monday. Lewisville is booked. We enjoy all the things to do in the area. Can you suggest a place that is around 3-6 hrs away. We don't have children and now travel with a small dog. Don't have a boat. Lewisville we usually enjoy the restaurants and we have done some site seeing in Dallas area. We are open for suggestions. We have been spoiled by Lewisville (Hickory Creek campground).
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Is Lake Lavon, you could check with them...and there is a new "outdoor mall" called Firewheel in Garland - http://www.simon.com/mall/?id=1074 They have food, shopping and a movie theater
If you come through Wylie/Sachse on the 78 you should be able to avoid getting on to the George Bush Turnpike (toll road) to get from Lavon to Firewheel
On a personal note, there is a big cat sanctuary up there if you are into lions, tigers and cougars, et al...http://www.insyncexotics.org/ ...Vicky is a very dedicated rescuer and we support her as much as we are able to.
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This is nothing like what you have been doing I am thinking & I have not been to this one:
Caprock Canyons State Park, from what I have read, it seems like a very neat area to see. Caprock Canyons is home of the official Texas State Bison Herd. Activities: Viewing wildlife, Horseback riding, Hiking, Fishing, Picnicking, Swimming, Rock climbing, Mountain biking. State Park Site *** More Info *** Some Pics
You asked for Texas Folks.....I am a Native Texan, so maybe I can qualify to reply as well.
I've not camped in the OK state, I visited this area in OK back in the late 1970s, Tenkiller Lake. I remember it was very pretty, looked like a nice campground. I'd like to go back there someday and camp. A relative took us to a very nice restaurant overlooking the lake. Seems like it was called, "The Fin & Feather" or something like that. Been a lifetime ago. Who knows what's around now. Yep, it is still there: Fin/Feather.
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So instead of going to Texas(forgive me Texans) have you been to Roman Nose State Park,Watonga,OK or Red Rocks State Park in Hinton, OK? Last Spring/Summer we spent a few days at each of them. They don't take reservations I know but...Roman Nose has a couple fishing lakes and Red Rocks has a lovely stream flowing through it and it is in a very lush canyon formerly a wagon train watering hole. We went to the museum in Hinton and learned so much about the Southern Route used by Wagon Trains called the California Trail. You can still see the ruts caused by the wagons dragging their wheels coming down the canyon!
Palo Duro is a good idea too!
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If I end up any where close to Lawton OKLA/North Texas I will always find a way to visit the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge at Medicine Park, OKLA just north of Lawton. The camp ground is called DORIS CAMPGROUND inside the refuge..
One of my favorite camp grounds.
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That distance from Altus, my preferences would include Wichita Mountains NWR near Lawton, Copper Breaks SP in Texas (real close) because they are nice quiet prairie wilderness, Copper Breaks often with clear dark skies. Roman Nose for more of a resort atmosphere.
A little further out to Palo Duro Canyon SP, near Amarillo.
But a campground where you can also have an urban experience, with that sort of driving time it seems it would have to be in the Dallas area, as San Antonio is probably more than six hours, and places like Amarillo, Abilene or Wichita Falls, interesting in their own way, are not the same experience as Dallas.
I suggest checking other places closer to Dallas, but Memorial Day weekend things are going to be pretty well booked up most everywhere a day's drive from a major city. We get Memorial Day traffic from Dallas filling our parks in northeast Oklahoma.