May 2018 Special Events and Programs at Daingerfield State Park!
Daingerfield, TX— Daingerfield State Park is the place to experience the awe-inspiring beauty of the natural world in Northeast Texas. During May, the park will host programs focused on family fun and learning about our natural world and cultural history. The park will conduct ranger-led hikes traversing the Rustling Leaves Trail which winds around Little Pine Lake. Also during May, you will have a chance to fish with a Ranger, paddleboard with a Ranger exploring the lake, and have fun making nature art. Also, view the heavens through telescopes with the assistance of trained astronomers. To bring each fun-packed Saturday to a fitting conclusion, we will host Dances with jukebox favorites from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm. All programs are free to the public including our paddleboard event with a valid entrance permit.
On Saturday, May 12, the park will host the 1st Annual Frontier Days (free park entrance for the event) exploring how the pioneers of the 1800’s lived in Northeast Texas. It will be a fun, learning, hands-on activity with chuck wagon cooking, roping, pioneer games that everyone can enjoy and much, much more! We will have exceptional guests on Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12, the Buffalo Soldiers! These historical reenactors will teach visitors about this very special African-American Army Company. They will have an actual encampment at the park. Learn and experience how the Buffalo Soldiers help settle Texas and the Western United States. Free entrance to the park on May 11 and May 12 during the Buffalo Soldiers living history programs 8:00 am until 4:00 pm each day.
Bring a picnic and enjoy the newly enhanced views from our day-use area. Fish off our pier or rent a boat and try your luck throughout the lake. Commonly caught are crappie, bluegill, bass, catfish and chain pickerel. Rainbow trout will still be available throughout the month as well. Visit our Nature Center located at the Boathouse. Swim in the clear, cold, spring feed water of Little Pine Lake as the water will be warming throughout the month. Hike our trails or relax under a giant shade tree recharging your soul!
Park entrance fees are $4 for adults with kids 12 and under always free. Senior Texans 65 or older will only pay $2 to enter the park daily with a Bluebonnet Pass. You will have unlimited park entrances for you and everyone in your vehicle with the purchase of a Texas State Park Annual Pass for $70 which is good for over 12 months. For more information, please call Daingerfield State Park’s Headquarters at 903-645-2921. Spaces may be limited so arrive early for the programs of your choice.
For more information on this or other events and programs at Daingerfield State Park, please visit our Facebook page or call (903) 645-2921.
May 2018 Event Schedule
Saturday, May 5
9:00 am – Dutch Oven Gathering – Learn to Cook like the Pioneers – Pavilion
10:00 am – Turtle Talk and Crafts – Learn about the turtles found at Daingerfield State Park then make fun nature art – Boathouse
1:30 pm – Geocaching 101 – High-tech treasure hunt at beautiful Daingerfield State Park – Pavilion
7:30 pm – Driving Me Batty – Learn about Texas’ only flying mammal – See them as they emerge for their nightly hunting excursions – Boathouse
8:00 pm to 10:00 pm – Karaoke Dance Night – Sing “your” song while the happy campers and others dance the night away – Pavilion
Friday, May 11
8:00 am to 4:00 pm – Buffalo Soldiers of Texas! – Experience an encampment of the Buffalo Soldiers during the 1800’s. This African-American U.S. Army Company helped settle Texas and the West. Free Park Entrance from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm – Meadow
Saturday, May 12
10:00 am to 4:00 pm – Frontier Days – Experience an encampment of the Buffalo Soldiers during the 1800’s. This African-American U.S. Army Company helped settle Texas and the West. Also, we will have a chuck wagon with Dutch oven cooking, candle making, roping, pioneer games, frontier chores, metal art, blacksmithing and more! Free Park Entrance from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm – Meadow
8:00 pm to 10:00 pm – Dance the Night Away – Dance under the stars to the music from our vintage jukebox – Pavilion
Saturday, May 19
10:30 am – Fishing with a Ranger – We will have loaner poles and bait for all participating. Learn how to fish – Boathouse
2:00 pm – Cathedral of the Trees Hike – Hike around Little Pine Lake and learn about the fantastic Pineywoods – Pavilion
5:00 pm to 10:00 pm – Star Gazing at the Park – Arrive early and view our nearest star – the Sun! After dark, see the planets and constellations assisted by trained astronomers. Telescopes available or bring your own.
8:00 am to 10:00 pm – Dance the Night Away – Dance under the stars to music from our vintage jukebox – Pavilion
Saturday, May 26
10:00 am – Paddle Boarding 101 – Learn how to explore and have fun on the park’s new addition to our watercraft fleet (free paddleboard use during class – Boathouse
2:00 pm – Underwater Discovery – Learn about all the fantastic creatures that live just under the surface – Boathouse
8:00 pm to 10:00 pm – Dance the Night Away – Dance under the stars to music from our vintage jukebox – Pavilion