Caddo Lake, Texas

Its a tradition now in our family to go to a State or National park during Spring break. This year it was the Caddo Lake, Texas's one and only naturally formed lake. After a short three hour drive from Dallas, we reached the marina close to the cabin we stayed in. Started the afternoon with a picnic.
We spotted a trail not too far from where our picnic bench was. It was a short 2 mile easy trail. Pulled my hair up, changed into my hiking shoes, grabbed a couple of water bottles, my camera and we were all set for the hike.
The park has a couple of trails, both short and easy. We took another trail the following morning. It rained that night, covering the trail with leaves. The rangers warned us about Patulous snakes. Husband and daughter had immense fun scaring the poor the mom and son all the way through the trail.
 The feature that makes this lake a unique experience is the presence of Cypress Trees in shallow marshy water laden with Spanish Moss. The trees are anywhere between 90 - 200 years old. For the first 18 months of their life, they grow on land and then they are ready to survive in water. The shallow waters and heavy evaporation during Summer in the lake makes that a possibility.
If you are lucky, you can spot owls, cranes, beavers and even alligators. Whether you prefer canoeing, driving the pontoon or fishing, you can spend hours on the lake doing various water activities. Sipping beer and not doing anything will work too.
Spooky, isn't? Reminds me of Pirates of the Caribbean.


shuchita March 16, 2011 at 10:52 PM  

wow very pretty!!! lucky you live at a place where such beauty is only a 3 hr drive away

rama March 17, 2011 at 12:21 AM  

Indeed, a very interesting place, and good place to relax far from our otherwise madding lives, and come back recharged with fresh energy. Lovely pictures too.

Tanvi March 17, 2011 at 6:17 AM  

Oh! So it must be several hours from San Antonio. Will look it up. Looks good :)

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Señorita March 17, 2011 at 8:15 AM  

Wow, I have never seen trees like that; very cool :)

A March 17, 2011 at 7:37 PM  


Nice pictures and seems like a place to relax.


I am not sure you check back here. So Geeta is around 3 hours (car) away from this beautiful place. Trust me...I am only 10 minutes (walking) away from such beautiful lakes....

Sorry Geeta...did not mean to offend but it is true. I have been to Texas so many times but nothing like Raleigh area...

Geeta,  March 17, 2011 at 10:55 PM  

A - Don't worry about offending me, it takes a lot to get there.

However you are comparing apples to oranges here by comparing NC with TX. Each place has its own beauty. That's how I see it.

suburbanmumma March 18, 2011 at 5:50 AM  

woww!! beautiful!! Love the pics..And you DONOT look like a Mommy!!:) And thats a compliment!

A March 18, 2011 at 6:22 AM  


Plan your next family vacation here. I have some friends who drive down here from Dallas but one has to love driving. It takes 24 hours with a stop somewhere in the middle. You will like it. Let me know if you plan.

What is your husband's name?

Geeta,  March 19, 2011 at 9:13 PM  

@ A - Sure, its been at least 10 years since we traveled out to NC/SC. Will let you know.

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