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Explore one of Texas’ favorite water vacation spots.

Travel + Leisure
June 09, 2014

PK Lake (as it’s known among regulars) has over 300 miles of scenic coastline thanks to 200-foot limestone cliffs and quiet inlets. It’s a popular family getaway spot for city folk eager for fresh air and cool waters. While lake activities such as fishing, waterskiing, and even SCUBA diving are particularly popular, it’s also worth exploring the coastline’s miles of hiking trails, camping grounds, and waterfront golf greens. Be sure to check out Hell’s Gate, a dramatic cliff break in the middle of the water. —Stirling Kelso

Possum Kingdom State Park

This 1,528-acre park adjacent to the lake has hiking trails, camping spots, and rustic cabins available for rent. Also keep an eye on the park’s calendar for ranger-led events such as native plant or geology-focused walks.

Cliffs Resort

Located on a 200-foot cliff above the lake, this 1,090-acre resort has a golf course—one of Texas’ most challenging—designed by Bruce Devlin and Robert Von Hagge, as well as a marina with complimentary slips for overnight guests. Travelers can choose between cozy inn rooms or one-room villas, some of which have gas fireplaces and water views.

Sam's Dock

You’ll find everything from houseboats to speedy jet skis in this fleet. Wake boards, banana floats, and other water toys are also available for rent.

Family Style Guide Service

Veteran fisherman Randy Wood leads family-friendly angling trips to fish for striper, which have been stocked in Possum Kingdom Lake for over a decade. He’ll also get your catch grill-ready (cleaned and bagged) at the end of your trip.

Possum Kingdom Trail

A slew of hike and bike trails around the lake include loops one- to 16-miles long. Tree-covered pathways open up to waterfront lookouts; bring your binoculars to spot birds—there are 280 species in the area—and other wildlife.

Entrances are off LaVilla Road, Park Road 36, and Burma Road, Possum Kingdom Lake.

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