Cooper Lake State Park is a Texas state park situated on Jim Chapman Lake, formerly known as Cooper Lake, just 86 miles (138 km) northeast of Dallas, Texas. Please note that while there are no designated stargazing areas, the park is accessible by the public year-round and offers secluded hiking trails, lakes, desert, and more, with wide open night skies suited for gazing. One EarthSky reader says the park “has a reputation for being a convenient stargazing option,” and Texas Parks & Wildlife claims “the stars shine brightly over many Texas state parks. Get away from the city lights and take in some of the best night sky views around!” Camping is also available from a selection of campgrounds, both primitive and developed within the park. For more information, please visit online or call 903-395-3100.
Chelynne Campion is a Production/ Sales Assistant for EarthSky. Her family just purchased a telescope, and she's now learning to be a stargazer!