Erwin Park

About the Park

Location - 4300 CR 1006

  • 212 acres
  • 3 picnic pavilions, one with electricity - Pecan Grove Shelter
  • 2 restroom facilities
  • 12 Designated campfire sites, 3 next to pavilions
  • Natural wooded areas
  • 10 miles of mountain bike trails*
  • Map of Campsites
  • Progressive mountain bike skills course*
  • Playgrounds
  • Large expanses of open space
  • 2 Dero Bike Repair Stations for minor repairs. The stations include tools, a stand to hold the bike and an air pump.
  • AED

*Maintained by Dallas Off-Road Bicycle Association

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Going Native

Erwin Park is carrying on the tradition of establishing itself as a prairie land restoration destination. Its natural beauty and mystique attracts guests from all around. Whether you go on a nature hike, reserve a camping spot, or ride the mountain bike skills course, you'll appreciate the view. 

Planting is ongoing; please respect the seedlings as they germinate to a full, mature plants.

The seed mix is known as the Blackland Prairie Mix which contains 45 species of wildflowers and grasses. Some of the more common plants are Little Bluestem, Buffalo grass, Blanket flowers, Black-eyed Susan, and Butterfly weed. Come enjoy the native plants and let them inspire you throughout the year!

Learn more about the Blackland Prairie ecological region from Texas Parks & Wildlife.

Pavilion and Camping Reservations

  • Residents can reserve pavilions up to six months in advance for $42.50, non-residents may reserve up to three months in advance for $70.
  • Pavilion reservations begin at 3 p.m. and end at noon the next day. Pavilion Rental includes overnight camping only by the Pavilion reserved. 
  • Campsite reservations are $12.50 for residents and $20 for non-residents. 
  • Facility reservation inquiries
  • Erwin Park FAQ
  • For more information please call the Recreation Center at Towne Lake at 972-547-2690.

After Burn - Erwin Park had a controlled burn Jan 23

About Prescribed Burns

A prescribed burn, also known as a controlled burn, is a planned fire used to meet parkland management objectives.

According to the U.S. Forest Service, an ecosystem needs periodic fire to remain healthy. Trees and native plants can be stressed by overcrowding, fire-dependent plants and animals can disappear, and plant build-up can become hazardous.

Reasons for Controlled Burns

  • Reduces hazardous fuels, protecting communities from extreme fires
  • Minimizes the spread of pests, insects, and disease
  • Removes unwanted species that threaten species native to an ecosystem
  • Provides forage for game
  • Improves habitat for threatened and endangered species
  • Recycles nutrients back into the soil
  • Promotes the growth of trees, wildflowers, and other plants

For more information about controlled burns, visit Texas Parks & Wildlife.

Why We're Conducting a Prescribed Burn

Erwin Park is one of our most popular and diverse parks. We believe that a controlled burn is the best tool at this time to help maintain the park's biodiversity. This controlled burn is being coordinated after consultation with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. The controlled burn also provides the McKinney Fire Department with a unique training opportunity.