The second entry in our “Things to do in Texarkana” series is Parks, Recreation, and Spectating. Unlike the previous entry of arts and museums, most of the things listed below take place outdoors and are great ideas if you like sports, adventure, or just want some sunshine.
To start off our list we have Bringle Lake Park (BLP). BLP is split into two locations, the East Park and West Park. BLP West has been recently remodeled from its former style and BLP East is a new park entirely. They are located across from one another on the southern end of Bringle Lake. BLP West has a boat ramp, large pavilion for events, playground equipment, two fishing piers, and a sand volleyball court. BLP East, the newest edition to the Texarkana Park system, is very different than its counterpart; it sits amongst the trees that surround Bringle Lake, has 10 small pavilions with a table underneath each one, a floating fishing dock, playground equipment, and has 3 mountain bike trails. The two parks are connected with a boardwalk that shows the beautiful scenery around the lake.
Spring Lake Park
Spring Lake Park has been the main park in Texarkana for many years. The lake at the center of the park is spring fed, I actually did not know that until now, and serves as the heart of the park. Over the 145-acre area that Spring Lake Park covers there are numerous things to do from fishing off of the dock, having a picnic with family or friends, taking a jog on the Phillip McDougal Trail, watching your children play on the play-sets, enjoying the Rotary Splash Pad, or taking your four legged friends to the Kylee Sullivan-PetSafe Dog Park.
Wright Patman Lake
Wright Patman Lake is not actually located in Texarkana, but it makes our list because of its popularity amongst the Texarkana residents. At only a quick 20-minute drive away, Wright Patman is a great place to spend the day on the boat, whether you want to spend some peace and quiet catching fish or go tubing with friends on one of the largest man-made lakes in Texas. The numerous campsites are great for weekend getaways or summer trips as well.
Disc golf is a very popular hobby in Texarkana. With courses located at Spring Lake Park and at Wright Patman Lake there is a place for everyone to play. Both locations have complete 18-hole courses and the Spring Lake Park course is even host to tournaments on the weekends. Personally, I have never been very good at disc golf, but I do enjoy to play from time to time. It is a great way to get some exercise and relax at the same time.
Fun Country Park has been serving the Texarkana area for over 6 years. Do not let the word “Park” in their name fool you, it is not a typical park. Complete with go-carts, miniature golf, a rock climbing wall, and batting cages, the Fun Country Park has something for everybody.
Holiday Springs Water Park is Texarkana’s first full-sized water park! With 5 water slides, a lazy river, wave pool, 2 children’s pools, a lagoon, and sand castle area Holiday Springs is the ideal place to cool off on a hot summer day.
Camp Preston Hunt Hiking and Biking Trail
The Camp Preston Hunt hiking and biking trail is great for the outdoors-person. The trail sits at 6.7 miles and proves to be quite a challenge. It is one of the few registered bike trails in Texarkana, and though it is difficult it surely does not disappoint.
The Texarkana area has 4 public golf courses. The first one we will mention is Texarkana Golf Ranch. The Ranch located off of Bringle Lake and is a town favorite to spend a Saturday morning. Rated as the hardest course in Texarkana and one of the hardest courses in Texas, the Golf Ranch will give you a challenge, but the wonderful landscape and view of the lake make up for it.
The Links is a nine-hole course in Texarkana, AR. For only being nine holes, the Links is quite tough. The small acreage gives the Links some tough holes that will cause even the most experienced golfer to lose a few balls in the water.
Also located on the Arkansas side of town, New Haven Golf Club is one of the oldest courses in the area. A remodel in the recent years brought New Haven back to life and helped to revitalize the golfers committed to the Arkansas course.
Oak Grove Golf Club has been rated as Texarkana’s best public golf course by Four States Living Magazine. Located 20 miles West of Texarkana, but the drive is well worth it. The course is very forgiving to the golfers by not harshly punishing bad shots, too bad it did not help me any.
Texas A&M University-Texarkana or TAMUT is a 4-year university located near Bringle Lake. TAMUT has roughly 2,000 students, both physical and online, and is one of the growing points of Texarkana. TAMUT’s athletic program has recently began to take off with sports like baseball, soccer, and tennis. The Eagles, TAMUT’s mascot, baseball team just finished their inaugural season with a 33-20 record and made a solid playoff run. With many solid recruits coming next fall the Eagle baseball team look to have better success next season. A&M also has men’s and women’s soccer. The women’s team will be going into their third season while the men’s first year starts this upcoming fall. The women’s team finished 10-6-1 last season and fell early in playoffs. With higher potential for this upcoming season both men and women’s soccer are teams are teams to watch.
Texarkana Warriors Semi-Pro Football
I am sure most of the readers here have no idea that Texarkana has a semi-pro football team. The Texarkana Warriors play in the Texas United Football League along with 11 other teams across the state. The Warriors finished second in their division last season with a 6-5 record. The team is made up of primarily local players and the Warrior’s home field is Lion Stadium in New Boston, TX. If you love football, but are not quite into high school sports, then the Warriors are what you are looking for.
Local High School Sports, theatrical performances, and band concerts
The high schools in Texarkana are filled with talented students ranging from athletes, musicians, artists, and thespians. Pleasant Grove, Texas High, Liberty Eylau, Arkansas High have some of the best athletic, theatre, art, and band programs in the state of Texas. These four school districts have accumulated multiple State Championships and State Finalists throughout all of the categories. If you love sports or the fine arts catch a game or a show from one of these talented school districts.
Keep a watch out for part 3 later this week!