Located about an hour and a half West of Wichita Falls, TX is Copper Breaks State Park. Outdoors-men and amateur adventurers alike will be thrilled to find more than 10 miles of trails ranging in difficulty from easy to challenging. A lake in the center of the state park provides swimming, boating, and fishing opportunities for visitors.
Trails are open to hikers, mountain bikers, and backpackers. There are ample camp sites that can accommodate RVs, tents, and large groups. Copper Breaks State Park also is outfitted to accommodate horses with a 3.5 mile equestrian loop ranging from rugged to flat terrain, inclusive of six equestrian camp sites. Enjoy a picnic and take in the wildlife as you spend the night, or just visit for the day to swim or go fishing. The park also offers several educational opportunities; check their calendar of events to see what classes are offered. Or, for your little one, pick up the free Junior Ranger Exploration Pack.
This park also features a portion of the Texas Longhorn Herd within the park. First noticed by travelers in the 1880s, this herd was essentially wild cattle and were often treated as if they were buffalo. Initially part of the historic Texas cattle drives, the cattle eventually lost popularity, as a European variety of cattle won favor. In 1941, a state herd was donated and today, visitors may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the historic herd so important to the heritage of Texas.
Ideally located West of Wichita Falls, TX, Coppers Break State Park is a great weekend getaway to connect with nature. Whether you spend an afternoon or the night, this park is sure to delight every adventurer.