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reeds on the edge of the lake at Fairfield Lake State Park

Fairfield Lake State Park in Fairfield, Texas. Photo: Chamberlain2007, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia Commons.

Nestled between grassy prairies to the west and stately pine forests to the east, Fairfield Lake State Park offers visitors a taste of two worlds.

Set within 1,460-acres, this Texas state park also features the stunning 2400-acre Fairfield Lake, which enables visitors to enjoy fishing, swimming, water skiing, jet skiing, kayaking, canoeing and SUP until their heart is content.

For those who prefer to spend their time on dry land, the park also offers several miles of trails for hiking, biking and horse riding. All of which will take you to scenic spots that showcase truly marvelous views.

As it is located within a two hour drive from Dallas, Arlington and Fort Worth, the Fairfield Lake State Park is a popular destination for day-trippers who want to immerse themselves in nature.

However, should any of them want to stay for a night or two, there is a very accomplished campground, with several sites for RVs, trailers and tents, located onsite.


As well as enjoying the park’s stunning landscape, visitors also come here to engage in a wide selection of outdoor recreational activities.

Here are just a handful of some of the many activities you can do during your time there.

Water Activities at Fairfield Lake State Park

The shimmering 2400-acre Fairfield Lake is a haven for those who enjoy water based recreational activities.

Kayaking, canoeing, water skiing, jet skiing and SUP are very popular activities here and provide you with a unique way to take in the beauty of the shoreline. If you didn’t bring any of these with you, don’t worry. Some of them can be rented out from the park.

Should you prefer to swim, there is a dedicated area at the lake for you to go for a dip. This is a great way to cool off from the intense heat of the Texan sun. However, as the lake is not patrolled by lifeguards you will need to exercise caution if you do enter the water.

Fishing at Fairfield Lake State Park

The park is a renowned spot for fishing, with angling enthusiasts from all over The Lone Star state coming to Fairfield Lake for the opportunity to catch a wide range of fish species.

This includes the likes of bass, crappie, perch, catfish, tilapia and red drum. All of which can be caught in abundance.

Whilst at the lake you can choose to cast a line from one of its fishing piers, on the shoreline or in your watercraft out on the lake.

If you do catch something, there are fish cleaning facilities for you to use as well.

Hiking at Fairfield Lake State Park

For those who want to hike whilst at the park, there are five fabulous trails for you to explore.

Collectively these run for over 11 miles and range from those that are considered easy to complete, to others that are regarded as moderate.

The Birdwatching Trail is probably the most popular of them all. Running for 0.7-miles, it showcases a fabulous array of birdlife, as well as a stunning range of flora. So be sure to bring your camera with you when you attempt it.

Biking at Fairfield Lake State Park

If you would rather explore the park on two wheels, there are at least four biking trails you can tackle.

Again these range from easy to moderate, in terms of degrees of difficulty, and will take you through a stunning topography of dense woodland, that accommodates several inclines and declines in elevation.

A lovely, and easy, biking trail to enjoy with your family or friends is the Scenic Loop Trail. While the Nature Trail, which winds for a couple of miles around the shoreline, between the lake and the forest, is very enjoyable too.

Horse Riding at Fairfield Lake State Park

As well as the hiking and biking trails, the park also has several equestrian trails running through it. So if you have one, be sure to bring your horse with you when you come here.

A terrific trail to attempt is the Dockery Trail, which will enable you to explore the perimeter of the park, while tackling a lush and undulating terrain of wildflowers, trees and verdant shrubbery.

This trail also takes you to a fascinating cemetery where you will be able to get a feel for the history of the area.

Pets at Fairfield Lake State Park

Pets are welcome to join you at the park, although they must be on a leash at all times you are there. As well as cleaned up after too.

However, some restrictions have been put in place. So to ascertain what they are, you might want to get in contact with the park’s main office.

Camping at Fairfield Lake State Park

For guests who want to stay overnight at the park, there are a number of options available to them.

These include 93 sites that come with hookups for water and 20-amp to 30-amp electricity, at both the Cooks-Ferry Camping Area and Post Oaks camping Area.

Between them, all of these campsites also come with their own fire rings and/or grills, as well as picnic tables.

They are also situated near restrooms that offer flush toilets and warm showers.

As well as these sites, there are 33 additional campsites available that come with hookups for water. These can be found at the Springfield Camping Area and also feature the same amenities, as well as children’s swings.

As the park is a popular destination for RVs, trailers and tent campers, it is recommended that you make reservations well in advance of your visit.

Park Location

Fairfield Lake State Park
123 State Park Road 64,
Fairfield, TX 75840
Phone: 940.839.4331




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