Chef Gerard Thompson on WFAA 8 GMT

Chef Gerard Thompson was also featured on WFAA 8 GMT where he prepared 3 delicious entrees.

Views by Rough Creek Lodge

Set in the Texas Hill Country, Rough Creek Lodge delivers spectacular views and scenic vistas from all corners of the 11,000 acre property. From the award-winning dining room, to the cozy fire pit, and even from the comfort of your suite, you’re offered breath-taking scenery from dawn until dusk and, we even include some pretty nice stargazing

One sight you won’t want to miss is the bird’s eye view of our expansive grounds from our famous Rock Wall and Zip Line.

Strap on your harness and climb up the 45-foot Rock Wall for a glimpse of what’s to come. After you’ve scaled the wall ring the bell of victory signaling your successful ascent, then glide safely back to the ground under the direction of your experienced belay. Now you’re ready for the ultimate Rough Creek experience – the Zip Line.

After changing your harness, ascend the staircase to the Zip Line platform. As you take a moment to survey the Rough Creek Lodge acreage and surrounding Texas Hill Country stretching out for miles, you know it’s about to get real. As your feet leave the solid platform, your body becomes light as air, gliding over 600 feet and experiencing breathtaking views of the beautiful lodge, the sparkling lake, and your not-so-brave friends on the ground cheering for you as you zip past.

Views by Rough Creek Lodge are something you have to experience in person. Glide into a Texas Hill Country vacation of fun, and unforgettable sights at Rough Creek Lodge! For more information on our Zip Line, Rock Climbing, and other activities in our vacation packages, check out our activities page! Click here to book your Texas Hill Country Getaway to Rough Creek Lodge or call 800-864-4705 to book your vacation now.

Set Your Sight on Hunting Season


As the dog days of summer are upon us, the best time of the year is just around the corner. Hunting season is what Rough Creek Lodge does best.

With 11,000 (yes, that’s eleven thousand) acres of prime hunting land, Rough Creek is the answer to all of your hunting needs.

Rough Creek specializes in making your expedition one of a kind. Our professional guides are more than experienced, and know the ins and outs of the property.

Pre-season Hog & Varmint hunts are excellent practice for hunting season. Included in the hunt for lodge guests are: a professional guide, carpeted hunting blind with chairs, feeder with motion activated lights, and a handheld laser illumination for night hunts.

Rough Creek also has some of the best exotic hunts in Texas. Exotic hunts are held year-round, are fully guided by our hunting experts, and give guests an exotic experience without the exotic hassle. Exotic hunts are conducted from blinds or by spot and stalk. Check out our website for more details and for pricing.

Want to have the ultimate Rough Creek Lodge experience? The Rod and Gun Club may be for you. Visit our website for more information and to learn how to join.

Rough Creek Lodge is here to make your hunting experience one of a kind. Plan your visit to our beautiful property today. 

Adrenaline Rushes


Admit it, we all have a little bit of a soft spot for something exciting. Satisfying adrenaline cravings is something Rough Creek Lodge is thrilled to help you do.

Summer brings great weather, deals, and opportunity for fun at Rough Creek. We have the perfect ways for you to satisfy your adrenaline cravings.

Join us for some knuckle-clenching fun as you scale our 40-foot Climbing Wall.

After you’ve seen Rough Creek from the top of the world, soar across 675 feet of our amazing Double Zip line. While gliding from one end to the other, you’ll have the opportunity to take in exquisite 360 views of beautiful Lake Mallard and the surrounding area.

Not all of the fun at Rough Creek comes in the form of extreme heights. For fun on the ground, check out our full list of activities, including the Kid’s Ranch, Tomahawk Throwing, Horseback Rides, and much more!

Our Summer Deal includes:

Deluxe Overnight Accommodations

Three-Course Dinner for Adults

Award-Winning Breakfast

Supervised Nightly Kid’s Party

Adult-Only Pool

Canoes and Paddleboat

Daily Hayrides

Fitness Center

Tomahawk Throwing

Wireless High-Speed Internet

Movie Night on Back Lawn

Movie Night on Back Lawn

S’mores on the Lakeside Fire Pit


Family Pool with Lazy River & Slide

Bass Boats with Trolling Motors

Bicycles for Children & Adult

The time has never been better to book your trip to Rough Creek Lodge!



The Day of your Dreams at Rough Creek Lodge


Are you on that exciting search to find your perfect Texan wedding venue? Look no further and let Rough Creek Lodge & Resort will be the location of your dreams! We’re not just you typical ranch-style country wedding site; instead our venue has been described as the perfect blend of casual luxury and rustic elegance.

Still haven’t decided between the natural beauty of the great outdoors or an ornately decorated interior to be the site of your vows? Not to worry, Rough Creek Lodge offers both! Host your ceremony in our authentic white chapel or amongst our luscious oak trees; enjoy your cocktails on our Terrace or in the Great Room; then dance your night away beneath those beautiful country stars.
We want to make the day of your dreams as stress-free as possible, so you’ll get the chance to consult with our Wedding Specialist and Executive Chef ensuring every detail goes according to plan. Rough Creek Lodge has a great deal of experience in the wedding world. Join us as we take a look into the past at one of our favorite wedding memories!

We were lucky enough to be part of Elizabeth Brambaugh and Todd Quirk’s special day. Rough Creek Lodge was the backdrop for their rustic-chic destination wedding. Check it out here if you want some wedding inspiration! Be sure to put in your request online or give us a call at 800-864-4705 to start planning the wedding of your dreams now!

Team Building Done Right At Rough Creek Lodge


No matter the occasion, Rough Creek Lodge is the perfect destination. Whether you are planning a fun getaway with your entire family, team building with your coworkers or even a business meeting that requires a boardroom, we’ve got ya covered.

Located just outside of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex in the city of Glen Rose, Texas, Rough Creek is just far enough away to escape the big city while still being close enough to be just a day trip, if that is what you are seeking.

If you are searching for the perfect space to accommodate a meeting of any size and type, we have multiple options to choose from:

Texas Board Room: 760 sq. feet, boardroom style configuration, seats 16 people.
Longhorn Room: 840 sq. feet, can seat anywhere between 20 and 36 people.
Chalk Mountain I & II: 1700 sq. feet, seats 40-120 people.
Outdoor Terrace: seats 80, overlooks Mallard Lake, and has a fireplace.
Pavilion: The Pavilion is a stand alone 3600 sq. feet that can be easily converted between enclosed with AC and heat to open air. Conveniently located close to the Chapel yet, within walking distance of the main lodge but also does provide a degree of separation.

If team building is what you are looking for, Rough Creek offers a number of team building activities on request. These team bonding and group activities were designed specifically to develop skills in group communication, listening, following directions, assisting and supporting colleagues, building camaraderie, pride in results, and most importantly, a day full of good times and lasting memories!

When planning a meeting at Rough Creek Lodge, you can also take advantage of a plethora of complimentary activities that make Rough Creek a unique outdoorsy getaway such as canoeing, catch and release fishing, and a 300-yard Golf Driving Range with Clubs and balls!

So the next time you want to impress a client or take your team chemistry to the next level, look no further than Rough Creek Lodge! Contact us at 254-965-3700 today!

Signature Recipe Series: Goat Cheese Mac & Cheese


We’re excited to announce that we’ve recently received the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for the fifth year in a row! At Rough Creek Lodge we strive for excellence in all areas; our culinary specialties are no exception.

With spring winding down, it’s time to squeeze in the last of this season’s recipes before delving into the tastes of summer. One of our favorite spring eats is goat cheese, because there are about a million ways to incorporate it into your diet. Below, we’re including our chef’s famous recipe for Goat Cheese Mac & Cheese. Throw out those Kraft boxes and let us know your take on this meal!

1 pound Cooked Orecchiette Pasta (about 5 cups)
3 Cups Heavy Cream
½ Cup Fresh Goat Cheese
12 Cloves Roasted Garlic, Chopped
24 Spears or 2 cups Fresh Asparagus, cut up
1/2 Cup Sun Dried Tomatoes
1 Cup Grape tomatoes, quartered
8 Slices Crisp Bacon, or pancetta Chopped
1/4 Cup Chopped Basil, Parsley & Thyme
1/4 Cup Grated Reggiano Parmesan Cheese
Kosher Salt & Cracked Black Pepper to taste

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter 13x9x2-inch glass baking dish. Cook pasta in large pot of boiling salted water until tender but still firm to bite, stirring occasionally. Drain. Cool under running water. Place in Stainless steel bowl when cool and dry.
2. Heat 1 Quart of Heavy Cream in a Large pot over medium High heat. Reduce cream until slightly thick, about 15 minutes.
3. Place Cream in high speed blender and blend in goat cheese. Season with Kosher salt & Cracked Black pepper
4. Pour cream mixture over pasta.
5. Add roasted garlic, asparagus, sun dried tomatoes, Bacon and herbs. Mix until all evenly incorporated.

Place in buttered dish. Top with parmesan cheese (and more goat cheese if you like) and bake 20 minutes or until hot all the way through and brown on top.

Never a Dull Moment


Pack up your friends and family to escape from life for a bit! It’s not every day you get to take off, so when you do, we’ll be sure you make the most of it. Book with Rough Creek Lodge for an unforgettable getaway to the Texas Hill Country.

We think the sun rising over the lake serves as a better wake-up call than that pre-set alarm you dread every morning. Roll out of your deluxe hotel room, cabin, or suite and into our dining hall for Rough Creek’s signature breakfast. Delight in a full buffet that includes chef-made pastries, fresh fruit, sausage, and eggs made to order.

After you’ve fueled up, head outside to take advantage of the activities included in your package:
• Zip-lining
• Climbing Wall
• Catch and Release Fishing
• Petting Corral
• Swimming
• Kid’s ranch
• Hayrides
• S’mores
• Fossil Hunting
• Tomahawk Throwing
• Horseshoes and Washers
• Basketball
• Tennis and basketball
• Archery
• Disc Golf
• Biking
• Hiking
• Nature Trail
• Golf Driving Range
• Pools
• Rocket Launch
• Kite Flying

There’s never a dull moment at Rough Creek Lodge, even relaxation will be fun. Order a drink and delve into a good book under the cabana or turn on a baseball game in the lounge and challenge your friends to a game of poker.

End your evenings with our 3 course dinner. If you thought breakfast sounded great, just wait until you try our Zagat Award Winning dinners. Choose amongst a variety of seasonal appetizers, soups, and salads to start your meal experience followed by a delectable entrée. And no meal would be complete without a house-made dessert!
Call us now at 254-965-3700 to book your unforgettable stay!