On the scenic shores of Lake Texoma there is a state park located on the eastern edge of the reservoir. Located in Denison, Texas, Eisenhower State Park is named after the former President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who was born in this town. Typical of the shores of Lake Texoma, the State Park is situated amongst cliffs and hills that line the shores of the massive lake. With such a unique area on the southern coves of the lake, recreationalists from the big cities to the south flock to the area to explore the beauty of the park.
What Makes It Great
Similar to other parks located along the southern edge of Lake Texoma, breathtaking cliffs plunge out of the water and form beautiful vistas where the hiker can take in views of the lake. Three marked trails span the length of the park, and provide ample access to the multiple designated vantage points the high cliffs provide of the lake. Ike’s Hike and Bike trail is arguably the best trail to take in the most views of the park and the lake below it. Spanning 3.2 miles, there are several climbs that will get your legs burning but will reward you with incredible views of the water. Running from the south edge of the park, up to the northern peninsula, you’ll skirt the cliffs edge for a large majority of the time. This is the most difficult of the trails, but rewards are the greatest.
The Armadillo Hill Trail begins at the southern tip of the park, and is rated the easiest of the three. Educational information is available from the park, and this is a good trail for beginners or families to stroll through on a sunny day. Deer, armadillo, and chirping native birds can all be observed throughout the hike. The most northern trail is designated for ATV use, but hikers often wander onto the dirt paths. The Chinquapin Ridge ATV Trail, evident in its name, takes you across ridges and into the backcountry of the park.
Camping, ATV riding, fishing, hiking, and mountain biking are common activities enjoyed within the park limits. Being a State Park, the trails are well maintained and well-marked – and the history and information presented makes it easy to learn about the area you’re walking through.
Who is Going to Love It
Families looking for a quick weekend away from Dallas will enjoy the beauty of the majestic cliffs that allow the hiker to grab views across the lake. Camping of all styles is available, so those looking for less primitive overnighters can feel at home among those who seek a more primitive style. Screened shelters, trailer sites, and various amenities provide options for all types of outdoor enthusiasts looking to enjoy the trails.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
Taking I-75 directly north out of Dallas, you’ll follow the highway until reaching the town of Denison. Take exit 72 for State Hwy 91, and head north until reaching FM 1310. Head west on this road until you reach the entrance to the park.