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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

Big Thicket by Boat

Martin Dies Jr. State Park offers swamp, river and lake paddling trails.

West Texas Trailblazer

Robert Newman constructed more than 10 miles of perfect trails in Franklin Mountains State Park.

The Great Outdoor Scavenger Hunt

Make 2019 a summer to remember with these 30 activities.

Backroad Bike Camping

Follow country roads connecting state parks for the ultimate bicycle trip.

Dark-Sky Park

Devils River State Natural Area is named an International Dark Sky Sanctuary.

New Reservation System

Park visitors can now reserve a specific campsite or buy a day pass in advance.

Wanderlist: Accessible Parks

These parks can accommodate folks of all abilities.

Tips for Spring Break

Families can plan for fun at state parks.

Winter Hiking

Parks to explore during the colder months.

Progress at Powderhorn

Coastal ranch is now a state wildlife management area.

Undiscovered Palo Duro

Exploring the park's hidden corners reveals wild slot canyons and hoodoos.

Legacy: Home Improvement

Repairs are needed at Big Bend Ranch’s historic Sauceda House. read more

Deep in the Backcountry

Nature provides thrilling vistas and meditative solitude for Big Bend Ranch backpackers. read more

Wanderlist: Mysterious Parks

This Halloween, head out for a spooky hike. read more

Prime State Park Campsites

Catch an ocean breeze or a canyon sunset in one of Texas’ best places to pitch a tent. read more

Wanderlist: Best-Kept Secrets

Here are a handful of Texas state park names that might be less familiar, but their natural beauty makes them hidden gems. read more

Grandest Canyon of Texas

From the Lighthouse to the Spanish Skirts, Palo Duro invites us to explore. read more

Pineywoods Palette

Tyler State Park debunks the myth of ‘no fall color’ in Texas. read more

Big Fish in a Big Pond

Just an hour away from the Metroplex, Ray Roberts Lake lures lunker lovers. read more

Rolling With the Punches

Neither rain nor fire nor collapsing dams can knock out Bastrop State Park. read more

Paradise Found: Garner

It’s the 75th anniversary of the most iconic summer hangout in Texas. read more

Natural Connections

National parks, state parks share many historical ties. read more

Beach Blanket Bounty

Battered by storms, and awash in history, Galveston’s state park beckons beach lovers. read more

Birds, Birds and More Birds

Rio Grande Valley's World Birding Center parks offer the ultimate birder's paradise. read more

Nature's Playground: Enchanted Rock

The granite goliath inspires imaginative excursions for kids of all ages. read more

Where Texas Was Born

Relive the past at Washington-on-the-Brazos, where we declared our independence from Mexico. read more

Views Around Every Bend

At Franklin Mountains, candy-striped roadcuts and lava-bubble caves offer geological whimsy and breathtaking vistas. read more

One Is Not Enough

State park enthusiast visits all 95 parks in 12 months. read more

Birth of a Park

First, you acquire some iconic Texas land. Then what? read more

Art in the Parks

This state park program unleashes the artist in all of us. read more

Mother Neff Makeover

The grand dame of state parks looks better than ever. read more

Family Camping Made Easy

Want to camp but shaky on skills? There’s a cure for that. read more

Seeing Stars

State parks embrace measures to protect dark skies at night. read more

Cowboy Boots & Sleigh Bells

The Christmas spirit comes alive in Texas state parks. read more


Partners purchase vast coastal property to preserve for public enjoyment. read more

Choose Your Own Adventure

State park ambassadors find unique ways to promote the outdoors. read more

3 Days in the Field: 3 Parks in 3 Days

A weekend Hill Country getaway features lakes, caverns and waterfalls. read more

Legend, Lore & Legacy: Enduring Legacy

Pioneer Texas family ranchlands combined to create Government Canyon. read more

Sea Rim Rebirth

Upper Gulf Coast beach park comes back after two knockout hurricane punches. read more

A Day at the Beach

Coastal state parks offer myriad ways to enjoy the Texas shores. read more

Park Picks

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Buescher State Park

Seminole Canyon State Park

McKinney Falls State Park

Martin Dies Jr. State Park

Meridian State Park

Port Isabel Lighthouse State Historic Site

Eisenhower State Park

Lockhart State Park

Huntsville State Park

Purtis Creek State Park

Palo Pinto Mountains State Park

Estero Llano Grande State Park

Bentsen-Rio Grande State Park

Resaca de la Palma State Park

Government Canyon State Natural Area

Big Bend Ranch State Park

Cedar Hill State Park's Penn Farm

Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site

Fort Richardson State Park

Mission Tejas State Park

Monument Hill State Historic Site

Blanco State Park

Fairfield Lake State Park

Johnson Branch of Ray Roberts Lake State Park

Caprock Canyons State Park

Guadalupe River State Park

Lake Brownwood State Park

Sea Rim State Park

Galveston Island State Park

Davis Mountains State Park

Resaca de la Palma State Park

McKinney Falls State Park

Monahans Sandhills State Park

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

Palmetto State Park

South Llano River State Park

Martin Dies Jr. State Park

San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site

Kickapoo Cavern State Park

Battleship Texas State Historic Site

Cooper Lake State Park

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.

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