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Take a Hike!

Don't let colder temperatures keep you from enjoying state park trails.

Many Texas state parks offer cool ways to participate in First Day Hikes on Jan. 1, starting off the new year with a brisk walk and perhaps inspiring you to keep that resolution to be healthier in 2019. But great winter hiking is available across the state every day, sometimes on your own, with friends or with a group led by a ranger or other expert. Here’s a handful to inspire you. Many more can be found at tpwd.texas.gov/calendar/hiking. Always call ahead before you plan your travel.

Honey Creek State Natural Area

Saturday Morning Guided Hike (most Saturdays) lets visitors learn about the cultural and natural history of the area.

Galveston Island State Park

Beachcombing 101 (most Saturdays) takes you along the water’s edge to find beachy treasures in the sand.

Estero Llano Grande State Park

Butterfly and Dragonfly Walks (most Fridays) help identify these winged beauties on a leisurely hike led by a knowledgeable guide.

Choke Canyon State Park (Calliham Unit)

One-hour Bird Walks (most Fridays and Saturdays) are led by the interpretive park ranger.

Seminole Canyon State Park and Historic Site

Presa Canyon All-Day Guided Hike (Jan. 26 and Feb. 9 and 23) offers great access, but reservations are required.



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