I love these beautiful, sunny days in January! The weather is just perfect for getting outside and exploring! Twin Coves Park in Flower Mound offers 243 acres on the shore of Lake Grapevine so you can do just that!
Check out my Mommy Tips for making the most of your visit.
1. Know Before You Go
This is city camping, so there are plenty of nearby stores to get last minute forgotten items. Just be back before 10pm, when the gates shut.
2. Entry Fees
Meet my nemesis, the automated attendant. Actually, this is pretty cool, if you know how it works. I’m probably the only person who has ever had a problem with it.
Entry is $5/day or you can purchase an annual pass for $50 ($35 for Flower Mound residents).
The automated attendant only takes credit cards.
A sticker is issued at the bottom of the machine. Place it in your car window for reentry. Don’t forget to take your sticker, because you can’t get back in without it. Of course, I’m probably the only one who would do that….
There are 45 camping sites, “note that all reservations must be made at least (1) one day in advance, for up to three months in advance.”
Sites offer a picnic table, grill, tent pad, electricity and water. Shaded sites are $25, unshaded sites are $15.
Call 972.874.6299 to make reservations.
A 2-night stay is required on weekends, and a 3-night stay during summer holidays.
The gates are closed from 10pm – 6pm, so don’t be late.
Quiet times are STRICTLY enforced.
And, not my favorite rule, no sleeping outside of your tent or RV. I’m not seeing the need for this rule, and I love sleeping “outside”, with just a pallet, cot or air mattress. Hmmm….
Murrell Park is located next to Twin Coves Park, and offers some beautiful camping sites without electricity. Day Use at Merrell Park, and the boat ramp is free, and it is MUCH more crowded. Murrell Park is operated by the Army Corp of Engineers, click HERE to visit their site.
4. Lake Grapevine
Located on the shores of Lake Grapevine, Twin Coves park offers a boat ramp, which has been extended to allow for current drought conditions.
The protected coves around the park makes for a nice paddling destination for kayaks, canoes and paddle boards.
There is not a swim beach at Twin Coves.
5. Twin Cove Marina
Twin Coves Marina is located just next door to Twin Coves Park, with entry through Murrell Park. A full service marina, you can rent boats, buy dry goods and enjoy a terrific dinner at Chris’s at the Marina, (formerly known as Little Pete’s).
5. The Northshore Trail
The Northshore Trail is easily the busiest off-road trail in the metroplex, with over 22 miles along Lake Grapevine, and often has hundreds of users a day.
One of the four trailheads is at Twin Coves Park.
The trailhead is just inside the main gate at Twin Coves, and you can park outside the gate, and save your $5. There is also FREE parking at nearby Murrell Park.
Twin Coves is the west end of the trail, and the more difficult. The East Loop offers easier trails.
The Northshore Trail is a multi-use trail, so be careful for hikers and bike riders.
There are plenty of places to bank fish along the shoreline, and even a small fishing dock. Since Twin Coves is NOT a state park, remember you DO need a fishing license.
8. More to Do
Twin Coves Park does not have a playground, but it’s camping loops offer a nice on-road place for kids to ride bikes, and very little traffic.
My kids had no problem meeting some other kids, and quickly had a game of Zombie Tag being played through the park!
Although most of the park is covered in trees, there is a nice spot right near the lake, west of the boat ramp that is perfect for flying kites.
9. Local Attractions
Grapevine puts on a fireworks show over the lake each Friday night during the summer. The lights on the many boats dotting the water to see the show are as pretty to see as the fireworks.
The Grapevine Sailing Club offers a youth sailing camp each summer, giving kids a chance to learn to sail!
Island Bound Adventures offers sailing classes on Lake Grapevine. Click HERE for more information.
Tranquil Sails offers sailboat tours of Lake Grapevine. Click HERE for more information.
Twin Coves Park,
5001 Wichita Trail, Flower Mound, TX 75022
Click HERE to visit their website
Keep Having Fun in the TEXAS Sun!