The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Commission approved moving forward with the purchase of 450 acres in Stephens County to add to the Palo Pinto Mountains State Park.
“We do have a contract and we were authorized to proceed with the acquisition,” said Ted Hollingsworth, TPWD in Austin.
“In 2011, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department used proceeds from the sale of Eagle Mountain Lake State Park to acquire 3,333 acres of land in southwest Palo Pinto and southeast Stephens counties for the purpose of establishing a new state park in the cross timbers region west of Fort Worth,” background information read. “The 3,333-acre acquisition has since been enlarged to 4,135 acres. An additional 450 acres of land is currently available that would add and protect an additional mile of the North Fork of Palo Pinto Creek. Staff has negotiated a contract to purchase from a willing seller at appraised value.”
“We are working to turn this into a destination state park,” Hollingsworth said.
According to a map of the tract, the land is part of the Copeland tract in southeastern Stephens County along the northern boundary of the park.
Hollingsworth said the sale could be completed by June.