Bonham State Park Texas

The Beauty of Bonham

Northeast of Dallas is a fairly small park, which you will find filled with natural beauty. While visiting Bonham State Park, you’ll find a lovely 65-acre lake, hilly trails for hiking, and overall just a nice quiet place to relax.

Things to Do At Bonham State Park

Bonham State Park is a great place to bring your family and friends to spend the day or the weekend! While here you can enjoy the following activities.

  • Camping
  • Hiking and biking
  • Fishing
  • Paddling
  • Swimming
  • Geocaching
  • Nature watching
  • Group gatherings

As always, whenever swimming or paddling, read through our water safety tips.
Like many state parks, the Civilian Conservation Corps created this park during the Depression.

Bonham State Park Texas

Go Camping

Choose from 20 campsites ranging from full hookups to tent sites with water and electricity. Our group campsites consist of six sites for up to 50 people. Restrooms with showers are across from headquarters.

Hiking and Biking at Bonham

Explore 8.75 miles of trails, open to hikers and bikers.
You can learn about the park’s plant life on the relatively easy 1.3-mile Lake Loop Trail or you can learn more about the CCC’s legacy on the challenging 2.7-mile Bois d’Arc Trail.

Fishing

Who doesn’t love the excitement of fishing! Grab your pole and drop your line in the 65-acre Bonham State Park Lake. Bring your own gear or borrow ours (line and pole only). Either way, you’ll need to provide your own bait. We have a fishing pier and boat ramp. The lake has a 5-mph speed limit to keep things enjoyable for everyone.

Paddling

Bring your own watercraft or rent one of ours. We rent paddle boats, kayaks, and canoes from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, as long as the weather is permitting.

Groups

Reserve a group site for your next reunion or retreat. Choose from two options for overnight stays. Our barracks with group hall and kitchen can hold up to 94 people; up to 50 people can stay at our group camp. You can always reserve the pavilion for a daytime gathering of up to 75 people. It makes for a great place for gathering.

Shopping At The Park Store

You can shop for gifts and souvenirs at our park store.

Near ByArea Attractions

The city of Bonham was the home of Sam Rayburn, the longest-running U.S. Speaker of the House. Bonham has museums, restaurants, groceries and more. You can also visit the Eisenhower Birthplace and Sam Bell Maxey House state historic sites.

Directions To The Park

To reach the park, go 1.5 miles southeast of Bonham on State Highway 78 to FM 271, and then continue 2 miles southeast on FM 271; enter on Park Road 24.

Park Address

1363 State Park 24
Bonham, TX 75418-9285

The Park HQ is located at:
Latitude: 33.546727
Longitude: -96.144758

Campsite Information

Full Hookup Campsites

Number of Sites: 2 People per Site: 8
Campsites #1 and 2. Tents and RVs are allowed at these sites.
Back-in
Picnic table
Fire ring
Sewer hookup
Upright grill
Water spigot
Electric hookup (30/50-amp)
Lantern holder
Restrooms/showers nearby

Campsites with Electricity

People per Site: 8 Number of Sites: 12
Campsites #3-14. Tents and RVs are allowed at these sites. All sites except #13 are back-in.
Picnic table
Fire ring
Upright grill
Water spigot
Electric hookup (20/30/50-amp)
Lantern holder
Restrooms/showers nearby

Campsites with Electricity (Tent Only)

People per Site: 8 Number of Sites: 7
Tent campsites #15-21. Maximum of two tents per tent pad and one vehicle per campsite. Additional vehicles must park in parking lot.
Tent pad
Picnic table
Fire ring
Upright grill
Water spigot
Electric hookup (20-amp)
Lantern holder
Restrooms/showers nearby

Group Camping

People per Site: 5 Number of Sites: 1
This area has six campsites; each with a picnic table, upright grills and water spigot. Groups can gather at the large fire pit and group of picnic tables. Check group site availability and make reservations by calling (512) 389-8920.
Water at each site

Group Sites

Barracks with Group Hall and Kitchen
People per Site: 94
The rental of this facility includes waived entrance fees for up to 94 people. Tax is charged on this facility. Peak rate of $900 applies on Fridays and Saturdays, and on Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day weekends. The non-peak rate of $650 applies Sunday through Thursday (excluding the holidays mentioned above.)

Six buildings

Four separate barracks (each sleeps 20)
Staff building (sleeps 12)
Group Hall (sleeps two)
Commercial oven/stove
Commercial refrigerator
Upright freezer
Microwave oven
Two kitchen sinks
Chairs & tables
Outdoor covered pavilion
Basketball 1/2 court
Bathrooms
Showers

Pavilion

People per Site: 75 Number of Sites: 1
Picnic tables
Outdoor grills
Water nearby
Restrooms nearby

Group Camp

People per Site: 50 Number of Sites: 1
This area has six campsites; each with a picnic table, upright grills and water spigot. Groups can gather at the large fire pit and group of picnic tables.
Water at each site

Natural Setting Of The Park

The park is in the Black­land Prairie region of Texas where you will see common prairie plants and grasses. The grassland is interspersed with woodlands is the prominent terrain. Thicker woods grow beside watercourses and around the lake’s shoreline.

Unfortunately, the park’s grasslands are not pristine, due to prior farming and ranching practices. The good news is, they are recovering. Little bluestem and bushy bluestem grasses dominate in some areas. Oak, eastern red cedar, bois d’arc, and Eve’s necklace fill the woodlands. Sugarberry, cottonwood, black willow, and green ash are more common as you move along the creeks and lakeshore.

Wildflowers and flowering shrubs cover the gently rolling prairie in the spring. Stands of cedar and mixed hardwoods provide a panorama of multicolored leaves in the fall. Wildlife is limited by the small size of the park. However, the lakeshore provides habitat for beaver, raccoon, opossum, and visiting songbirds. Although a few woodland birds are permanent residents, most birds here are visitors and migrants.

The History of Bonham State Park

Bonham State Park is a 261-acre park located in Fannin County northeast of Dallas. It includes a 65-acre lake, rolling prairies, and woodlands.
The state acquired the parkland in 1933 from the city of Bonham. The park opened in 1936. Men of the Civilian Conservation Corps built this park between 1933 and 1936, during the great depression. They constructed the dam that impounds the lake, various buildings, bridges, picnic tables, and more.

More Texas State Parks

You can check out additional Texas State Parks by clicking on the list of parks below, or by going to the Texas State Parks home section. To find more state parks in the United States, visit our home page at America’s State Parks.