Glen Rose is a fun and quaint town that was established as a trading post in 1849. The city is located at a picturesque spot on the Paluxy River, just above its meeting with the Brazos River. We love Glen Rose and have spent a number of weekends there.

Here is our list of favorite things to see and do in Glen Rose.

Go Golfing

Squaw Valley Golf Course is located at the north eastern edge of town and they have 18 holes of very good golf. 17 miles to the north is another great golf course in Granbury – Harbor Lakes which is ranked in our Top Twenty Favorite Texas Courses. You can read a review of each of these golf course on our Golf Course Reviews Page.

Spend The Night

If you really want to enjoy Glen Rose and all it has to offer, you need to spend a couple days exploring. You have a number of excellent choices for for overnight lodging. There are some excellent B&Bs. We can recommend Country Woods Inn, a rustic farm that was voted Top Family Vacations and Best Kid Friendly this rustic farm. You can also enjoy an exotic overnight stay at Fossil Rim’s Lodge or Foothills Safari Camp.

Camp at Dinosaur Valley State Park which is an fun State Park and has some great tent and RV sites. Tres Rios River Resort at the other end of town has over 200 sites for RVs or tents, cabins, swimming pool, volleyball, and it is on the banks of the Brazos and Paluxy River.

Visit a Nuclear Power Plant

Comanche Peak has a very informative information center with an exhibit of a nuclear power plant control room, a film, and more

Enjoy a Special Event

Plan your trip around one of the special events at Texas Amphitheater (The Promise, a musical drama of the reenactment of the life of Jesus in the open air amphitheater, is excellent) or horse shows and more at the Expo Center.

Hike, Bike, and Explore

Dinosaur Valley State Park is a great place to spend some time: hiking or biking the trails; leaning about dinosaurs and checking out their tracks or visiting the exhibits; playing in the Paluxy River; or just enjoying a picnic

Visit the Museums

Somervell Country Historical Museum depicts local history, fossils, and relics; Creation Evidences Museum includes artifacts and fossil displays, dinosaur footprints and bones, and more; and Barnard Mill and Art Museum is in one of the first structures built in the 1860’s and houses art, primitive artifacts, and bronzes.

Tube the Brazos or Play in the Rivers

A few miles north east of Glen Rose on 67 there are canoe and tube outfitters (Rhodes Rentals 254-897-4214) for riding the Brazos (not the most thrilling ride but a fun way to spend a few hours) or fish, swim, or relax in the water. The kids will enjoy the water and rocks at Big Rocks Park which is close to downtown.

Feed the Exotic Animals

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center features some of the worlds most endangerd animals like whiterhino, cheetah, and Grevy’s zebra plus over 60 species that roam on the 2700 acres. You can drive your vehiclethrough the park and view the animals, some of which willstick their head in the window; stop at the top of the mountain for food, souvenirs, the museum, nature trail, picnic area, and petting zoo; or enjoy the park on one of their special bike safaris.

Stroll the Downtown Area

Glen Rose has a quaint downtown square featuring shops, restaurants, a museum, and the historic Somervell County Courthouse or go play in the Paluxy River at the park

Mike Sharp
Author: Mike Sharp

I have a passion for travel and outdoor activities, and now I'm enjoying retired life. I will continue my traveling, golfing, boating, and enjoying life all across the great state of Texas.

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