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Off-Road Ramble

For off-road riders at Eisenhower State Park, a little adrenaline gets them down the trail.

While many state park activities such as hiking and bird watching can be on the quiet side, off-road riding revs up the excitement.

Eisenhower is the only Texas state park with off-highway vehicle (OHV) trails. The trails take dirt bike riders and ATV riders through the park’s grassy uplands, woodlands and rocky terrain.

“Whatever gets people outdoors, whether it’s hiking, fishing or OHV riding, we want to encourage that,” says park interpreter Elizabeth Booth.

The 50-acre Ironwood OHV Trail System contains 3.3 miles of trails with a variety of difficulties. The Pee Wee Practice Area is flat and easy and perfect for novice riders. The Big Woods Canyon and Timber Rattler Run trails take riders through more challenging terrain, with Timber Rattler featuring a steep and narrow stream crossing.

Only OHV riders can use these trails; hiking and biking are not allowed.

ATVs and dirt bikes are required to have OHV permits before riding.

The Texas Off-Highway Vehicle Program was established in 2006 to help create legal and safe places to ride and to encourage the safe and responsible use of OHVs on the lands of Texas. The program is also designed to provide funding to develop more recreational areas for OHV users.

Texoma Getaway

On the shores of Lake Texoma along the Oklahoma border, Eisenhower State Park offers a range of adventures for North Texans.


Go Fish

Fishing’s available in the park’s scenic coves or from two piers, no license required. The lake is known for its population of striped bass, smallmouth bass and catfish.


Find a Fossil

Spiral-shaped ammonites and other fossils are embedded in layers left by an ancient sea. A display of them can be seen at headquarters. If you find a fossil, please leave it in place.


Take a Swim

Swimmers can splash in the lake at the sandy swimming cove, reached by walking a short trail. The cove is flanked by rocky limestone bluffs.

Eisenhower State Park

  50 Park Road 20
Denison, TX 75020

  Park Admission $5 Daily;
Kids 12 and under: Free


  (903) 465-1956

Reserving passes online or by phone before visiting is recommended.

 Russell Roe   Chase Fountain | TPWD

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