Loyd Park on Joe Pool Lake, Grand Prairie

The 360 Entertainment Corridor consist of some of the biggest tourist destinations in North Texas, including the Dallas Cowboys, the Texas Rangers, Six Flags Over Texas and Joe Pool Lake. One of only two lake parks in Grand Prairie, and one of only two camping destinations on the lake, Loyd Park offers various fun entertainment to both overnight and day use guest! This extremely popular park fills up most Spring, Summer and Fall weekends, and with so much to do, it’s easy to see why!

The park is owned and maintained by the City of Grand Prairie. Park visitors can enjoy amenities such as a swim beach, sand volleyball, a boat ramp, kayak, bike and golf cart rentals, hiking and mountain biking trails, and a park store, although Covid-19 precautions have caused the temporary closings of some of these. Fishing is allowed in the park, with a proper fishing license.

In the Day Use area, there are picnic tables and grills along the shoreline, perfect for a picnic.

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The park has 221 spacious 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. For RVers and campers, Loyd Park is the closest camping to the 360 Entertainment Corridor, as well as being centrally located between Dallas and Fort Worth.

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.

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Know Before You Go

The gate, which is manned 24/7, accepts cash and credit cards.

Leashed dogs are allowed at the park, but NOT on the swim beach.

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Swimming

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!

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Outdoor enthusiast and adventure seekers will enjoy some of the park activities, such as a nice and easy hiking trail that runs along Walnut Creek. over 10 miles of Mountain Bike Trails, and the Walnut Creek Paddling Trail.

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The 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!

More Things To Do in Grand Prairie

Play

Lone Star Park makes horse racing fun for all ages, even if you just like to go watch the horses!

Lynn Creek Marina offers boat and jet ski rentals.

Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark is open year round!

Eat

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!  



Loyd Park

3401 Ragland Road, Grand Prairie

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