Purtis Creek is a 355-acre fishing lake southwest of Dallas where you can also swim, paddle, boat, hike, bike, camp, and just enjoy the area. There are 59 campsites with water and electricity along with some tent sites and walk in primitive sites. There is a dump station on site.
Campground: Purtis Creek State Park
Location: Eustace, Texas
Site: 43 (back-in)
Cost: $20 (with Texas State Park Pass)
Services: E/W (30AMP)
Comments: A small campground with nice, large sites. Not all sites are level so it may be a bit of a challenge to get level but we managed. We had a very large picnic area with lots of privacy. We enjoyed this campground.
At the start of the Beaver Slide Nature Trail is where the primitive walk-in campsite availability board resides along with a map of the area. The walk-in sites all looked terrific and most were waterfront, quite large, and had great privacy. Site 23 in the main campground loop was our original reservation but due to us needing a few more nights we had to switch to another site. Site 23 looked terrific as it was waterfront but very little privacy. We still loved our site 43.
The campground is right on the lake and has a number of different hiking and biking trails which wind through the forest along with a Solar Walk Trail along the dam which has interpretive signs about the solar system. There were a number of burlwood trees along our hikes which show a deformed area of the tree due to stress. We also saw a wild pig feeder with cameras on it next to a blind on some neighboring private property. In Texas, due to the huge wild pig problem, it is legal to hunt pigs on your property if they are causing damage, which they do!
We saw a few Armadillos running around the trails and we had Cardinals in our site almost constantly.
Another great Texas State Park!