This recreation area is part of Ray Roberts Lake
This place is just far enough from DFW to not be to far. Great place to camp, fish and hike. Bring your horses for a equestrian trail as well. Great beach for some sand castles and swimming. And don't forget to hit the Dam store and get the dam special. Good burgers there.
I've been coming to this state park for over 20 years. It's very well kept, you see deer every trip, it's just very busy. We used to come out and there would be just a few families, now it's very very busy. Still our favorite get a way spot north of DFW. It's not a well kept secret anymore.
This campground was only about 50 minutes from west Plano. It's an extremely busy place. I suggest booking as far in advance as possible. We reserved a "primitive" walk-in site in the Hawthorn area. Some are up to .25 mile in. Ours was closer, but still felt pretty private (#8). The park staff person at check in was extremely nice and professional. Our campsite was a little hard to find tucked behind trees. There are mostly shaded dirt trails and a concrete trail. We saw several deer and bunnies. The swimming area looked great. Be aware it's a fairly noisy park. It's a fishing destination, and the bass boats roar before the sun is up. And there are simply lots of people there. We will go back but will try some smaller parks first.
Roberts Lake State Park has two main campgrounds, the Isle du Bois unit and Johnson unit. These are what I would call twins. They are very similar in layout, scenery and activities. They are on opposite sides of the lake.
Isle du Bois is a little different in that it has legitimate equestrian camp sites with horse pens built into each site. The park has several equestrian trails and is perfect if you like to ride and camp with your horse.
The rest of the park has several walk-in camp sites and then a section for campers and RV's. It is a good park and I would normally rate this park as a three but I think that all of the equestrian activities and amenities for horses moves it up to a four.
Best park to visit in the Metroplex area! A dozen trips, and it's still a favorite. If you want to avoid crowds, stay in the Hawthorne "primitive" area. The sites vary from being 20 feet from the parking lot to half a mile out or so, but most people flock to the more formal campsites and miss out thinking they'll have to hike in at Hawthorne. Nice restrooms right by the parking lot. Scenic trails vary in distance but are easy to connect for longer hikes – or walk the shoreline for a nice lakeside view. Lots to explore and see here!