Weekend camping trip to Purtis Creek State Park. I've never been here before, but I've heard many good things about it. Purtis Creek SP is one hour (61 mi) southeast of Dallas, on Hwy 175.
Purtis Creek is a small state park that offers tranquility, hiking, canoe and kayak rentals, biking, bird watching, and great bass fishing. It also has a hike-in primitive site and nature trails.
The park has restrictions on camp sites: One site can host a maximum of 8 people and two vehicles. That means ride-sharing will probably be necessary. I will reserve one site and we'll see how it goes from there. If there is a lot of interest in this weekend trip, then it is up to individual members to reserve sites and work out payment and transportation arrangements.
When you make a reservation online, you are reserving a site - but the actual site numbers are on a first-come, first-served basis. I will be heading to the park Fri evening after work, arriving about 6 or 7 PM. I will try to get a site in the 60 - 64 region, on the south side of the park.
I will leave a sign at the check-in station directing NTO members to which site I've acquired.
Please note: If the pull-up camp sites are full, we may be camping in the hike-in, primitive section of the park. This entails a 0.5 mile hike to waterfront sites (see map - it's a great location).
The Texas State Park website (below) has info on reservations, pets, fishing, boating, etc. You can always call the park directly if you need to ask them specifics.
How I found out about this park: The Best In Tent Camping - Texas, by W. Withrow. It's a great resource for the Texas tent camper who likes peace and quiet and getting away from the city.
Purtis Creek State Park telephone: (903)[masked]
Map of park: