Loyd Park, Grand Prairie
One of the two Grand Prairie Park Lakes, Loyd Park is located on the shores of Joe Pool Lake, and offers guest a variety of outdoor adventures on their 791 acres! Check out my Mommy Tips!
Know Before You Go
The gate accepts cash and credit cards.
Leashed dogs are allowed at the park, but NOT on the swim beach.
The park has 221 camp sites for RVs and tents with electricity and water, many with lake views. Each campsite comes with a covered picnic area on a concrete slab, a grill and a fire ring.
There are also 8 furnished cabins, 1 and 2 bedrooms, complete with kitchen appliances, microwave, coffee maker. satellite television and central heat and air.
If you have a horse, you can camp near the Equestrian Parking Area at the back of the park, adjacent to the trails.
Don’t plan on roughing it too much, there is not any primitive camping allowed in the park.
The swim beach offers visitors a roped off area for cooling off from the hot summer days.
Lifejackets are provided, free of charge.
Life Guards are not present, swim at your own risk.
Don’t forget water shoes. The lake bottom is a typical lake, and a little squishy in places.
The big area is perfect for those really BIG floats and water toys!
4. Hiking Trail
The hiking trail runs along Walnut Creek, and traverses it via a nice bridge for pictures.
5. Mountain Bike Trail
There are over 10 miles of Mountain Bike Trails in the park.
6. Paddling Trail
The Walnut Creek Paddling Trail runs from the park up Walnut Creek. It’s a really nice paddle. During the summer, the park offers kayak rentals.
Another nice paddling trip is out to Concrete Island, a small island almost completely covered by concrete, a remnant from the areas past before the lake.
There are about 25 geocaches hidden throughout the park.
8. Forest of Fear
For 2 weekends each October, the park celebrates Halloween with campers decorating their campsites, dressing up and passing out candy to an endless line of trick-or-treaters, both on the park’s haunted hayride and in their own cars.
Visitors can either come for the day to trick-or-treat, or overnight camp and decorate their campsite. We’ve done both…and love it! Here’s some of my best tips…
If you are just coming for the evening:
You can choose to either drive your own car, which allows you to drive at your own pace, and stop more often to collect candy, or ride the park’s Haunted Hayride. The line for the Haunted Hayride gets very long, so arrive early. Another option is to drive your own car or truck, and pull your own hayride. We’ve done this many times, and it’s our favorite!
Admission to the park includes the Haunted Hayride.
The campers definitely get scarier later in the evening, so go early with young children. Campsites also tend to run out of candy fairly quickly, so go early. Once the candy is gone, they really just want to scare you!
If you are planning to camp:
Make your reservations EARLY, usually by May. I’ve lucked into cancellations in the past, so it’s always worth a try.
Campers are required to decorate, and some campsites really go all out.
Bring plenty of candy, you won’t believe how busy it is!
Things to do in Grand Prairie
Lone Star Park makes horse racing fun for all ages, even if you just like to go watch the horses! Click HERE to read more.
Grand Prairie Air Hogs is a fun, minor league team with great daily promotions, a playground, swimming pool and lots of fun for the family! Click HERE to read more.
Ripley’s Believe it or Not and Louis Tussauds Palace of Wax is an interesting and fun place to visit, but beware the Horror Chamber! Click HERE for more information.
The Oasis Restaurant is lake-front dining on Joe Pool Lake, with a patio and live music on the weekends. My kids love feeding the huge carp that hang out there! Click HERE to visit their website.
3401 Ragland Rd, Grand Prairie, TX 75052
Click HERE to visit their website
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