Texas state parks
It's a great time to visit Texas state parks. It always is. And there's a lot to love at our parks: the grandeur of Enchanted Rock. The haunting mystery of Caddo Lake. The sublime beauty of the Frio River at Garner. The fantastic stonework buildings built by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The striking contrast of arid desert and gushing springs at Devils River. On our state park page, you can find state park magazine articles, state park videos and other state park resources.
From Our Pages: State Park Articles
Martin Dies Jr. State Park offers swamp, river and lake paddling trails.
Robert Newman constructed more than 10 miles of perfect trails in Franklin Mountains State Park.
Make 2019 a summer to remember with these 30 activities.
Follow country roads connecting state parks for the ultimate bicycle trip.
Devils River State Natural Area is named an International Dark Sky Sanctuary.
Park visitors can now reserve a specific campsite or buy a day pass in advance.
These parks can accommodate folks of all abilities.
Families can plan for fun at state parks.
Parks to explore during the colder months.
Coastal ranch is now a state wildlife management area.
Exploring the park's hidden corners reveals wild slot canyons and hoodoos.
Repairs are needed at Big Bend Ranch’s historic Sauceda House. read more
Nature provides thrilling vistas and meditative solitude for Big Bend Ranch backpackers. read more
This Halloween, head out for a spooky hike. read more
Catch an ocean breeze or a canyon sunset in one of Texas’ best places to pitch a tent. read more
Here are a handful of Texas state park names that might be less familiar, but their natural beauty makes them hidden gems. read more
From the Lighthouse to the Spanish Skirts, Palo Duro invites us to explore. read more
Tyler State Park debunks the myth of ‘no fall color’ in Texas. read more
Just an hour away from the Metroplex, Ray Roberts Lake lures lunker lovers. read more
Neither rain nor fire nor collapsing dams can knock out Bastrop State Park. read more
It’s the 75th anniversary of the most iconic summer hangout in Texas. read more
National parks, state parks share many historical ties. read more
Battered by storms, and awash in history, Galveston’s state park beckons beach lovers. read more
Rio Grande Valley's World Birding Center parks offer the ultimate birder's paradise. read more
The granite goliath inspires imaginative excursions for kids of all ages. read more
Relive the past at Washington-on-the-Brazos, where we declared our independence from Mexico. read more
At Franklin Mountains, candy-striped roadcuts and lava-bubble caves offer geological whimsy and breathtaking vistas. read more
State park enthusiast visits all 95 parks in 12 months. read more
First, you acquire some iconic Texas land. Then what? read more
This state park program unleashes the artist in all of us. read more
The grand dame of state parks looks better than ever. read more
Want to camp but shaky on skills? There’s a cure for that. read more
State parks embrace measures to protect dark skies at night. read more
The Christmas spirit comes alive in Texas state parks. read more
Partners purchase vast coastal property to preserve for public enjoyment. read more
State park ambassadors find unique ways to promote the outdoors. read more
A weekend Hill Country getaway features lakes, caverns and waterfalls. read more
Pioneer Texas family ranchlands combined to create Government Canyon. read more
Upper Gulf Coast beach park comes back after two knockout hurricane punches. read more
Coastal state parks offer myriad ways to enjoy the Texas shores. read more
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State parks on TPWD video
Balmorhea State Park
The crystal-clear springs of Balmorhea State Park are an oasis in the West Texas desert.
Brazos Bend State Park
Less than an hour from Houston, Brazos Bend State Park is famous for its alligators, but it offers so much more.
Copper Breaks State Park
Copper Breaks State Park, located in the Texas Panhandle, gets its name from the copper deposits threaded throughout the rugged canyon land.
Rebirth of Galveston Island State Park
Galveston Island State Park gets a new start after being devastated by Hurricane Ike.