Last week, somewhere near 100 people attended a briefing about plans for the 4,399-acre Palo Pinto Mountains State Park.
John Ferguson, park superintendent, said the presentation would be about potential plans for the park and also a request for public input.
“Let us know what you think and what you want,” he said.
Chris Beckcom, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department park planner, went through the three proposed designs for the park.
He began with some basic information on the park including the 4.8 mile length of Palo Pinto Creek that is within the park and the 98.6 acre Tucker Lake.
“The Union Pacific Railroad runs the entire length of the northern boundary,” Beckcom continued.
In addition, TPWD assessed the property to determine what was physically on the property. He said there are oil and gas wells, cliffs, a flood plain  and soil that is difficult for construction.
As to development, the basic plan is to add some paved roads for entry and gravel for other roads that can also be used for trail rides.
“What really changes is some of the locations and site counts,” he explained.
Alternate A has the most facilities. Overall, the plan includes 70 camping areas with water and electricity, a dozen mini cabins, 25 camping areas with water and electricity for equestrians, 25 tent sites, 106 picnic areas, 28 trail miles, and undeveloped camping areas.

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“Mini cabins are basically a sleeping cabin — one room, heat, air conditioning, electricity and bunk beds,” he said. “The living room and kitchen is outside of the cabin. It’s typically 12-by-18 (feet).”
There will be access to ridges that offer views of the area. Vehicle parking will be in designated areas, such as 300-feet from the lake. There would also be walk-in camping areas where the vehicles are away from tents.
“The numbers (of sites) are estimates,” Beckcom said. “Once the drawings are made, the numbers will change.”