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part ofBenbrook Lake, US Army Corps of Engineers
Status: Open through Thu Dec 31 2015   Season Dates


Longhorn Park Picnic Area overlooks the beautiful Benbrook Lake in north-central Texas. The park is an excellent destination for barbecuing and boating along the lake shore.

Fossil hunting is popular around Benbrook. Visitors can search for ancient clams and corral remnants from more than 85 million years ago.

Natural Features:

The picnic area is on the highest part of the lake and overlooks the east side of the dam. The lake, in the Grand Prairie region of Texas, sits on the Trinity River on the southwest edge of the Fort Worth metropolitan area.


Prevailing southwesterly winds on the lake attract plenty of avid windsurfers to the lake. Fishing, hiking, swimming and boating are popular pastimes. The lake record for largemouth bass is over thirteen pounds. Other catches include carp, sunfish and flathead catfish.

Longhorn does not offer direct lake access, but a short walk will take visitors to a swimming area.


The large picnic shelter can accommodate up to 100 guests. A volleyball court and horseshoe pit offer additional recreation opportunities.

Nearby Attractions:

Baseball fields, horseback rentals and golf courses are located near the picnic area.

The Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District and the Fort Worth Zoo are also local attractions.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Drinking Water
  • Fishing
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Parking Area
  • Pit Toilets
  • Volleyball Courts
Within 10 Miles
  • Accessible Playground
  • Swimming
Know Before You Go
  • Day-use only
  • Don't Move Firewood: Protect your forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. Visit Dontmovefirewood.org for further information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
32.65037, -97.44639
32°39'1"N, 97°26'47"W

From Fort Worth, Texas, take Interstate 20 to Highway 377 south. At the third stoplight turn left onto Winscott. Continue for 0.7 miles to Lakeside Drive. Turn right and follow for 1.7 miles to the park.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

PO BOX 26619
FORT WORTH  TX  761260619

Phone Number:

Information:  817-2922400
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