Situated at a place where the Brazos River flows through the Palo Pinto Hills about eighty-five miles west of Fort Worth, the twisting arms of Possum Kingdom Lake comprise a fun-filled oasis in the heart of central Texas. The area offers opportunities for hiking, cycling, swimming, sunbathing, and wildlife observation. Popular water sports include boating, fishing, water skiing, snorkeling, and scuba diving. Here are some of the best places to find Possum Kingdom Lake vacation rentals.

1. Mineral Wells

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The city of Mineral Wells lies a few miles southeast of Possum Kingdom Lake. Vacation rentals have easy access not only to the lake but also the many attractions of the city and nearby Lake Mineral Wells State Park. The state park features miles of trails for hikers, cyclers, and horseback riders, as well as opportunities for natural rock climbing. On the lake, fish without a license for catfish, largemouth bass, sunfish, and crappie. Indulge your fascination with the past by taking the family to hunt for fossils at the Mineral Wells Fossil Park, which is just northeast of the city.

2. Weatherford

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Weatherford sits southeast of Possum Kingdom Lake just a few miles beyond Mineral Wells. Vacation rentals in the city are nearby some of the most unique and opulent gardens in Texas. Chandor Gardens features sparkling fountains, a 30-foot waterfall, fascinating sculptures, and pathways amidst elegantly tended lawns and flowers. Clark Gardens Botanical Park has a unique trail through historic trees, endless sprays of bright flowers, and ponds and paths full of beautiful birds, such as peacocks, blue herons, great egrets, and black and white swans. Other local attractions include the Museum of the Americas and the Weatherford Farmer’s Market.

3. Graham

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Located just north of Possum Kingdom Lake, Graham features rolling hills of oak woods with plenty of trails for mountain biking, hiking, and horseback riding. Vacation rentals in the city are surrounded by parks ideal for picnicking and play. Peruse local history at the Old Post Office Museum and Art Center. When you need to relax, head downtown and feast on a generous cut of Texas steak.

4. Breckenridge

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Vacation rentals in Breckenridge have convenient access to Possum Kingdom Lake, which is just to the northeast and also to Hubbard Creek Lake to the west and Lake Daniel to the south. All three lakes are renowned for recreational opportunities, such as fishing and boating. Breckenridge also has a number of interesting local museums, including the Breckenridge Aviation Museum and the Swenson Memorial Museum.

5. South Bend

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South Bend is a historic small town, and its vacation rentals provide easy access to Possum Kingdom State Park. The clear water and relaxing beaches at the park provide ample opportunities for recreational fun. Ply the lake by power boat, wakeboard, water-ski, canoe, or tube. Enjoy swimming, snorkeling, picnicking, and cycling.

6. Jacksboro

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Located northeast of Possum Kingdom Lake, vacation rentals at Jacksboro are just a quick drive away from the lake and its many recreational activities. Jacksboro lies adjacent to the famous Fort Richardson State Park, Historic Site, and Lost Creek Reservoir State Trailway. The remaining original buildings at the fort site provide a fascinating historical study. Activities at the state park include swimming, fishing, picnicking, cycling, and nature observation. The state trail way follows Lost Creek along a beautiful scenic route abundant with wildflowers, oak and pecan trees, and wildlife.

7. Strawn

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A short drive from vacation rentals in the scenic town of Strawn takes you to Possum Kingdom Lake and other area attractions. The Lake Tucker Trails originates at Strawn City Park. Along the trail, watch for numerous species of birds, including summer tanagers, eastern bluebirds, yellow-billed cuckoos, red-tailed hawks, and bald eagles. The Strawn Historical Museum and surrounding memorial park commemorate the pioneers and founders of the town.

8. Palo Pinto

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Located a few miles southeast of Possum Kingdom Lake, the historic small town of Palo Pinto is the county seat of the surrounding Palo Pinto County. The fascinating Palo Pinto County Pioneer Museum is housed in the old county jail. The town is not only close to Possum Kingdom Lake but is also nearly adjacent to the recreational opportunities along the Brazos River at Worth Ranch. Activities at the river include swimming, fishing, hiking, wakeboarding, and golfing.

9. Graford

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Vacation rentals in Graford lie just a few miles from Possum Kingdom Lake and provide convenient access to its eastern shore. Along the shore are lovely beaches and convenient marinas for launching your watercraft. Head on out and explore the small offshore islands, or enjoy watersports, such as sailing, fishing, wakeboarding, and water skiing.

10. Bryson

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Bryson lies north of Possum Kingdom Lake between Graham and Jacksboro. Vacation rentals at Bryson provide quick access to the lake and its many recreational opportunities. Bryson also has the convenient fishing opportunity of nearby Lake Bryson, with its clear water and abundant populations of bluegill, sunfish, channel catfish, and largemouth bass.