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Texas - Prairies and Lakes

"Prairies and Lakes." Does that title really tell the tale? Well, yes-and no. Prairies and Lakes paints merely the pastoral brush strokes in this region's richly textured panorama. The full picture emerges only when you add the dynamic cities, charming communities, and colorful history that enliven this attraction-packed section of Texas.

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Bardwell Lake Equestrian Trail

The Bardwell Lake Equestrian and multiuse trail is on a two thousand acre tract of land at the north end of Waxahachie Creek Park at Bardwell Lake. Waxahachie Creek Park is 7/10 of a mile west of the Bardwell Lake Bridge on Highway 34 east of Bardwell and west of Ennis.

, TX Equestrian

McCown Valley Equestrian Area and Campground

Riders can enjoy exploring almost 3,000

, TX Equestrian

Somerville Lake Trails

Somerville Lake has two (2) nature trails. Yegua Creek Park in the US Army Corps of Engineers park system has a nature trail approximately 1 mile long within the park. The trail is self-guided, with a trail guide available at the gatehouse. Lake Somerville State Park Trailway System<

, TX Hiking

Mary Elizabeth Hopkins Santa Claus Museum

The Mary Elizabeth Hopkins Santa Claus Museum showcases more than 2,000 Santas; old, new, foreign and American, in various media. Someone once told Mary Elizabeth Hopkins that if you have three or more of anything, then you are a collector. Hopkins was certainly that!

Columbus, TX Museums



Chester W. Ditto Golf Course

Chester W. Ditto Golf Course, located in north Arlington, is one of the most sought after courses in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. This challenging, 18-hole, par 72 golf course, offers plush tiff fairways narrowed by trees and accented with white sand bunkers and ponds. The 164

Arlington, TX Golf Courses

Cooper Lake Boat Ramps

Jim Chapman Lake has five boat ramps. South Sulphur Unit has two boat ramps. One ramp with six lanes and one ramp with two lanes of concrete construction, courtesy docks for loading and unloading boats, and an adjacent asphalt parking area which hold about 60

, TX Boating

Bardwell Lake Parks and Camping

There are six developed park areas at Bardwell Lake. Mott Park The park consists of approximately 270 acres with development on approximately 54 acres, and is located on the west side of the lake. Access to the area is a paved road that connects to FM 985

, TX Camping

Cooper Lake Cabins

South Sulphur State Park Unit: Located on the south side of Cooper Lake, this sprawling 2,560 acre unit offers a multitude of camping and recreational opportunities. Facilities include 14 fully furnished lakeside cabins, 20 screened shelters, 1

, TX Cabins

Lewisville Lake Camping

The Corps of Engineers at the Elm Fork operates two campgrounds, Hickory Creek and Oakland Park, both located on Lewisville Lake. Hickory Creek is open year-round; Oakland is open between April 1st and September 30

, TX Camping

Athens Scuba Park

With underwater visibility of up to 70 feet, there's no telling what you might see - a sunken tour bus, houseboat, airplane, motorcycles and more. Divers flock to the Athens Scuba Park clear blue waters for recreational certification. The average visibility is 30 to 40 feet. The park also features 1

Athens, TX Scuba Diving

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