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Glen Rose Texas is a wonderful little town. I’ve previously written about the history of the place and outlined a few interesting destinations. As I consider all the information available for travelers, I realize it’s quite good. The community does a good job of promoting the major destinations in the area.

If you spend several days in the area, you would probably go to Dinosaur Valley State Park, check out the historic downtown, see the musical drama The Promise, and maybe run by Fossil Rim Wildlife Ranch. If you are an RV-er you might stay at Tres Rios Park or maybe Oakdale Park. But what if you’re just driving through and your stay is going to be more like three hours instead of three days? That’s what this short article focuses on.

Glen Rose Texas Short Stays

For a short stay, I would still say the historic downtown is a must see. It’s a classic small town square. The historic courthouse building is occupied by the historical society and available to visit and also a source of information. There are other old buildings and shops and restaurants. I talk a little more about the the town square in this post.

Glen Rose Big Rocks Park

A little way up the road from downtown is an old hangout called the City of Glen Rose Big Rocks Park. As the name says, there are big rocks, result of some geologic event thousands of years ago that I completely don’t understand. What makes it interesting is that the Paluxy River flows by the rocks and the river bed is rock. The unusual rock forms and the river make for an interesting place to hang out for a little bit. Maybe longer if you came dressed to wade in the water which is a popular pastime here in the early summer when there’s still water in the Paluxy.

Barnard's Mill Art MuseumBarnard's Mill in Glen RoseBarnard's Mill in Glen RoseBarnard's Mill in Glen Rose Interior
Barnard’s Mill and Barnard’s Mill Art Museum are on the same property and open to the public. The museum has a few interesting pieces of art on display; among them bronze and oil paintings by Robert Summers. The work of Morris Henry Hobbs and Amy Jackson are also well represented. The old mill is now open for touring. This is one of the oldest standing buildings in this part of the state. Not much remains of the milling equipment, dam, or millrace but the buildings and grounds are interesting to see. The Barnard’s Mill complex is worth a look. Call for hours and information.

I’ve expressed my preference for Hammond’s Barbecue elsewhere, but there are other good places to eat in town.

Dinosaur Valley State ParkDinosaur Valley State Park is a few miles west of Glen Rose off F.M. 205. It may cost too much to get in for just a short stay, but if you have a Texas State Parks Pass you can get into every park in the state with it. Real handy if you are road tripping in Texas. The attraction at this park is, you guessed it, Dinosaur Tracks. The wildflowers can be plentiful here in the springtime.

As you travel further west from Glen Rose Texas on US Highway 67, you will pass through a hilly area. The change in scenery is pleasant after so much flat land. Chalk Mountain seems to be the biggest hill in this passage of travel, and there’s a road side park at the top of this hill. There’s really nothing there except the view and usually a cool breeze. Technically the place is called Somervell County Picnic Area No. 50.

Chalk Mountain Masonic LodgeWithin a mile of the road side park is the ghost town Chalk Mountain. As you may guess, there’s not a lot there either. Some people like these ghost towns though and so I mention it. There’s an old Masonic Lodge there, and a very nice old cemetery. It’s funny how the cemeteries are so well cared for in these old ghost towns. Must be the ghosts come out at night to tidy up. The Masonic Lodge is easy to find because it’s close to US Highway 67. The cemetery is a little farther down the road, and as I recall you have to turn left when CR-198 tees off and follow it for a while. I wrote about this place a while back and Texas Escapes published it here.


Various locations around Glen Rose Texas

County: Somervell


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