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Discover the Culture, Recreation & Attractions of North Texas


North Texas is one of the state’s more interesting regions, mainly because it offers something for every lifestyle. True to Texas, ranching, farming and horse culture are as huge here as anywhere in the state. But there are also charming historic cities, college towns, amazing food, music and art, and a lot more to enjoy in the region.

This is North Texas – sometimes known as the state’s Prairies and Lakes Region – and it’s the place United Country Real Estate | North Texas Realty & Auction calls home. Here in Denton, we’re only about a half hour from big city life in Dallas. And at the same time, we’re also surrounded by natural beauty — forests, lakes and other features that call to outdoor recreation enthusiasts.

Let’s take a closer look at the attractions and appeal of North Texas in Denton County and surrounding parts of the region, for residents and visitors alike.

Outdoor Adventures in North Texas’ Prairies & Lakes Region

While North Texas’ Prairies & Lakes Region includes some major cities such as Dallas and Fort Worth, the name more accurately reflects the outlying areas. And these areas are ideal for outdoor adventures. One of the best ways to explore the recreational offerings is by heading to the area’s state parks and preserves.

Eisenhower State Park right here in Denton features the massive Lake Texoma, great for fishing bass, catfish and crappie. The park also offers hiking, biking and ATV trails, and camping. Around 25 minutes away in Pilot Point is Ray Roberts Lake State Park, a top spot for horseback riding, guided hikes, swimming and more.

Less than an hour’s drive south of Denton, you’ll find Cedar Hill State Park on the shores of the 7,500-acre Joe Pool Lake. All the typical land and water activities are popular here, and the campsites are mostly modern. Alternatively, go an hour north for Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, great for birding and wildlife viewing, boating and even wild edible foraging.

There are plenty of other parks worth checking out a little farther away, as well, such as Bonham State Park northeast of Denton and Lake Tawakoni State Park to the southeast in Wills Point. The latter hosts some big annual fishing tournaments. If hunting is your aim, the Caddo and Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ) National Grasslands north of Dallas has public land teaming with deer, turkey and small game. Some state parks also allow hunting in or around the area, and there are many private ranches offering exotic hunts. You might start with this map of Texas’ public hunting lands.

North Texas: Explore Shops, Music, Historic Sites & More


It truly does feel like North Texas offers something for everyone. Though outdoor recreation is a big part of the culture here, it’s not for all tastes. You may be more at home checking out local shops and restaurants, the music scene, museums and historic sites, or other attractions. Here are seven cities/towns in Denton, Collin, Cooke, Grayson and Wise counties you can explore to do just that:

Sources: DentonCounty.gov; DiscoverDenton.com; CityofPilotPoint.org; Fws.gov; Fs.Usda.gov; Gainesville.Tx.us; McKinneyTexas.org; ShermanTx.org; TexasTravelTalk.com; TourTexas.com; Tpwd.Texas.gov; and TravelTexas.com