Loyd Park Overview:
Review and Rating of Loyd Park in Grand Prairie
Loyd Park which sits on 790 acres in Grand Prairie is a peaceful and beautiful park on the shores of the 7,000 acre Joe Pool Lake. This park is one of our favorites because it offers a wide variety of campsites from great sites on the lake to sites hidden under the trees, lake front cabins, and tons of amenitieske plus cabins and lots of amenities. We also like the fact that you can reserve sites by number to make sure you get one that suites your needs. You can pick from lake front to treed, 30 or 50 AMP, or sites with sewer hookups.
There are fully equipped cabins within 100 yards of the lake and swimming beach that are perfect for a weekend getaway. The one and two bedroom cabins are fully furnished and sleep 4 to 6 people.
The new 18-room Loyd Park Lodge and the historic Loyd Home on Joe Pool Lake opened in 2015 and it's great for family reunions, corporate events, or other group activities.
Loyd Park offers a wide variety of activities for campers including fishing, swimming, kayaking, hiking, biking, boating, and softball. There are over 100 picnic sites that are close to the lake.
All of the roads are paved and the Park is very well maintained and clean. The park is easy to access and close to lots of fun things to see and do. There is a 14 stay limit.
The other thing we love about Loyd Park is that all of the work campers we met were friendly, outgoing, and helpful. And they and the full time staff do an excellent job of keeping the park clean and very well maintained.
Thanks to all of this and more, Loyd Park made our list of the Best Parks in Texas.
Amenities and Fun Things To Do:
Loyd Park has 213 great campsites in 7 different campsite loops and each site has water and 30 amp electric hookup, fire ring and covered picnic table. Most of the sites are level, well shaded, and there are quite a few sites on the lake or with a lake view. The shoreline is conducive to swimming, fishing, or parking a boat or waverunner in front of your site.
Sites 23 through 40, which are in a camping loop away from the lake have sewer hook ups. 31, sites have 50 AMP service. All of the sites at Loyd Park are spacious (averaging 1000 square feet!), clean, well maintained, and shaded. The roads and sites are paved and big rigs shouldn't have any trouble getting into the sites.
For groups who want to camp together the group camping area has a large pavilion with picnic tables and it's surrounded by 10 sites with water and electric. In most cases the hook-ups are at the rear of the site and may or may not require extensions. The majority of the sites are close to being level and long enough for big rigs.
If you don't have a camper or friends with no camper want to join you, there are 8 cabins available for rent at Loyd Park. Three cabins have 2 bedrooms sleeping 6 people, four cabins have 1 bedroom and a bunk bed and sleep 4 people, and one cabin is ADA accessible, sleeping 4 people. The cabins include: electricity and running water: central heat and air conditioning; bathroom with shower; full kitchen with utensils; stove, oven, refrigerator, and sink; 4 person dinette; bed linens and towels; satellite TV; front porch with a great lake; bedroom ceiling fans and dining room fan; overed pavilion with picnic table; and a charcoal BBQ grill and fire ring. All of the cabins are less than 200 yards to the lake. They are clean, comfortable, and well maintained.
In 2015 the 18-room Loyd Park Lodge and the historic Loyd Home opened for rent. The Lodge has meeting space, a fully equipped kitchen, covered porch with rocking chairs, grills, a fire pit, and more. It's perfect for corporate events, family reunions, or other events or retreats. Right across the street from the Lodge is the Loyd House which has 2 one bedroom fully furnished rooms.
In addition to great sites and cabins, one of the other reasons we love Loyd Park is because it is loaded with amenities, some of which include:
- four lane boat ramp with ample parking plus a boat dock
- two dump stations
- clean restrooms and showers- several of the restrooms are new thanks to the 2015 flood and they have individual showers and updated bathrooms
- roped off swimming area with a beach changing house
- softball field and volley ball courts
- canoe, paddleboard, and kayak rentals and a 4.9 mile paddling trail
- camp store with a little bit of everything from RV supplies to cold beer
- multi-use hiking, biking, and horse trails plus a horse trailing parking and primitive camping area
- lots of covered picnic tables with grills plus a group picnic area
Loyd Park is huge and spread out and you can rent golf carts at the Camp Store to motor around from activiity to activity.
Throughout the year there are several events and activities like movies, concerts, or the very popular Halloween Party. We were talking with some Loyd Park campers and they told us that we have to come to Loyd Park for Halloween - its a blast. Every site is decorated with some theme and there are hay rides through the campground for kids and families.
A Typical Texas Outsider Day:
A typical day at Loyd Park for us includes a great outdoor breakfast and then heading out in the boat to enjoy the lake for skiing, anchoring and swimming, or heading over to Lynn Creek Marina and the Oasis floating restaurant for food, drinks, and live music. Click here to read a review of Joe Pool Lake.
We also enjoy riding bikes in and around the campground and on the trails which are flat and easy. Or renting a kayak and paddling up the scenic 5 mile paddling trail.
On other stays at Loyd Park we have visited the Ft Worth Zoo, kayaked on the Trinity River, attended May Fest, and played golf at a lot of the local courses.
Cool Nearby Activities:
Here are a few of the fun things to see and do that are nearby Loyd Park:
- Six Flags Over Texas has some of the best Texas sized thrill rides in the Southwest
- get wet on some super rides Hurricane Harbor
- take in a Rangers Game at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington
- win a fortune on the horses at Lone Star Park
- rent a boat and enjoy Joe Pool Lake for skiing, swimming, fishing, or just chillin' out
- check out the Palace of Wax
- enjoy several nearby good restaurants
- play some golf at any of the close golf courses
- spend some money at any of the huge shopping centers nearby
You shouldn't get bored during your stay at Loyd Park.
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Texas Outside uses a tough rating scale and it’s difficult for a campground to get a “10”. Each park is rated on:
- Scenic Beauty: a campground that is flat with no trees or character gets a “1” and hills, lots of trees, beautiful lake site, and lush ground cover gets a “10”
- Park Condition: the cleaner, well kept, and maintained campgrounds receive high scores
- Amenities: we are looking for lots of amenities like restrooms, dump stations, playgrounds, boat ramps, shelters, concession stand, rental toys, and more.
- Campsites: low scores are given for sites that are right next to each other (good for getting to know your neighbors, but not what we’re looking for when we’re camping); have no lantern holder, no water or electricity, no fire pit, no grill, or no picnic table (or it’s rotten wood); have no trees and no view; the ground cover is crushed rock (my bare feet hate that stuff!); and they require a lot of work to get your rig level.
- Things To Do: Bonus points are given for campgrounds that offer lots of fun things to do at the park or very nearby – this includes: biking, hiking, climbing, boating, entertainment, golf, swimming, fishing, volleyball, horseshoes, and more