Hike mountainous trails, climb the largest granite batholith in the United States, see a wild herd of buffalo, and feel the soft sands of a Texas Gulf Coast beach embrace your bare feet.
Visit any state park for an adventure you will always remember.
What draws you to the great outdoors? Perhaps it’s the fresh air and the escape from the hustle and bustle of the big city, or you’re looking to see the natural beauty of Texas first hand. Whether you enjoy hiking and mountain biking, fishing, paddling, or camping, you’ll find what you seek in most parks. Yet there are some that stand out. Marvel at the towering pines of Tyler State Park and surf the sand dunes in Monahans Sandhills State Park. Admire the stunning limestone cliffs of Garner State Park and search for rare tropical birds not found anywhere else in the country in Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park. Texas is full of gems like these, all just waiting to be experienced by you.
Spend any time at any of these parks and you’ll likely want to stay for as long as you can. In most cases, you can. Many parks have primitive backcountry camping spots where you can truly sleep under the stars, full hookup RV sites, and (in some cases) rustic cabins and resort lodges. Some even have stores and souvenir shops, meeting and event facilities, nature centers, swimming pools, and other amenities that will make your stay amazing.
While there is a lifetime of experiences on tap at Texas’ sprawling parks, that’s not all there is to see. Texas Parks & Wildlife also has numerous archeological and historic sites that reveal Texas’ stunning history and culture. Head to the San Jacinto Monument to see where Texas won her independence, step inside one of two old Spanish missions in Goliad, and marvel at 4,000-year-old Native American rock art at Seminole Canyon State Park & Historic Site. These are, of course, just a sampling of historic and cultural sites you can stop by. Find out more here.
To find out more about a specific park and its amenities and activities, have a look at Texas Parks & Wildlife’s website. For a handy on-the-go reference, check out the official State Park Guide or pick one up the next time you visit a state park or Texas Travel Information Center.
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