Cooper Lake State Park – East Texas
South Sulphur Unit
1690 FM 3505 Sulphur Springs, Tx 75482
May 20-22, 2022
Cooper Lake has panoramic views of the lake, trails through forest shade and many opportunities to view wildlife while riding. This trail covers nearly 600 acres and over 10 miles. The trail is accessible from all sites in the Buggy Whip camping area. Known for great fishing and horseback riding.
Buggy Whip Equestrian Campground has has concrete pads, back-in spaces with water and electricity, a table, fire-ring, lantern post and a 20' tether cable for the horses. The restrooms have showers. The campground is clean, with high ties for horses, no pens. You can bring your own pens or electric pens, there is plenty of room. The terrain is sand/clay. Approximately 10 miles of shaded trails.
Member ride fee is $20, non-member is $35, day rider is $15. There are a total of fifteen sites, three of these are double sites (107,113,116,). These double sites work well for camping buddies. Day use area cannot be used for overnight parking.
To book a campsite for this ride, call TPWD reservation center at 512-389-8920 and provide Event ID 1212286388. The park has blocked May 20-22 at Buggy Whip for the TETRA ride. Campsites will be released to the public two weeks before the ride. Book early.
(For early arrival or late departure dates, reserve campsite through reserveamerica.com or 512-389-8900.)
9:30-Saturday-guided ride, return for lunch, ride out at 2:00PM or ride out on your own.
9:00-noon Sunday-guided ride.
Depart camp 1:00PM.
6:00 Friday Community potluck dinner
6:00 Saturday potluck with TETRA providing the main course.
Parking is available for day use equestrian visitors. Negative Coggins and signed liability release is required upon arrival.
An email will be sent if the trails are closed due to rain. The park can advise you of trail conditions before you haul. Park will close trails if they are wet.
Directions: To reach the South Sulphur Unit, travel north from Interstate 30 at Exit 122 on the west side of Sulphur Springs for 10 miles on State Highway 19; then go west on State Highway 71 for four miles and north for one mile on FM 3505 to the park entrance.
Or travel east from Commerce on State Highway 11 for seven miles, and then north for 4.2 miles on FM 2653. Turn on State Highway 71 for 7.5 miles, and then go north for one mile on FM 3505 to the park entrance. Or travel east from Cooper for one mile on State Highway 154, and then south on FM 1529 for five miles (cross the lake dam) to State Highway 19. Continue south for five miles to State Highway 71, west for four miles to FM 3505, and then north for one mile to the park entrance.
Register at tetratrails.org. PayPal or checks accepted. Cash payments are discouraged.
Please clean up your campsite before leaving for home. Broadcast manure. Leave no trace.
If you have recently been exposed to Covid, running a fever, have a cough, shortness of breath, experiencing loss of smell or gastrointestinal illness, stay home.