Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Grand Prairie, TX
Hammock: Dangerbird 72
Tarp: HH Hex Tarp
Insulation: KAQ New River
I know this thread is a few months old, but I just saw it, and figured I'd chime in for anyone else looking for hammock-friendly state parks near DFW.
Right in the middle of the metroplex, you have Cedar Hill -- we've gone there a couple of times, although you're exchanging gas prices for campsite prices -- it's around $20 last we checked for the water/electric only sites. We hiked by the primitive sites a few times, but they mainly look to be clearings in a thorny mess, plus the trails leading to them are always closed if there's been rain. Overall, not bad, but drive around the park and select several sites before telling them which one you want - there's a bunch of good ones, but quite a few that have poor spacing, as well.
Cleburne state park, to the southwest, has a number of good sites, and they just opened up a new park store/paddling rental spot on the lake. As an added bonus, if you have ground-dwellers going along, there are several screened shelters with appropriate trees right next to them.
Dinosaur Valley, near Glen Rose, also has a few good spots, some even along the Paluxy River. good hiking, several geocaches, dinosaur tracks, and a big swimming hole make this park a nice choice.
Meridian Lake is our favorite camping state park, especially in bluebonnet season. In the water-only sites, there is an abundance of cedar trees perfect for hammocking. They're in the process of building some more sites on the far side of the lake, and some of them also look like they'll be good for hammocks. Some nice hiking trails, a decent swimming beach, a couple caves, and a small waterfall (when the rains have been good) -- plus, this one is a little out of the way, so it doesn't often fill up before you get there to camp.
Possum Kingdom -- we've camped in the primitive area for a couple nights before going to paddle down the Brazos, so we don't know much about the park itself, aside from needing to bring your own water, unless they now have potable water at the park (it's been a couple years)
Bob Sandlin, out east, had some great hammock sites -- I think we were out there for the Perseids a couple years ago. While you're there, drop into Pittsburg to try the East Texas-style hot links (meant to be eaten with tobasco and saltines), and a railroad museum featuring the Ezekiel airship, supposedly constructed based on biblical verse and flown before the Wright brothers.
Tyler is a given - although you might want a fan in your hammock - it can get really still and muggy back in the trees.
Fairfield - well, duh, of course this one's good.
Fort Parker (near Mexia) - most of the sites don't really have good hammock spots, but a couple toward the back of the park are good, if a bit prone to skeeters - they're also within hiking distance of the paddling rental. If you rent early enough, they'll shuttle the boat to the put-in for the state-designated paddling trail in the area, but we were perfectly happy just putting in at the take-out in the park, and just paddling upstream.
"Can't we all just live in trees and hammocks?"
-- Sam Gribley, My Side of the Mountain