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Abilene State Park -    (Parks - State Parks) Abilene  (Taylor Co.)
The park offers camping, hiking, nature study, swimming (summer), picnicking, fishing in Buffalo Wallow Pond in the park and nearby Lake Abilene, and bicycle riding and walking on park roads.

Atlanta State Park -    (Parks - State Parks) Atlanta  (Cass Co.)
The park offers swimming in a designated sandy beach area (no lifeguard on duty) on Wright Patman Lake, a nature trail and a hiking trail of five miles, water skiing, boating, and fishing. Wright Patman Lake is also a popular fishing spot. Activities include walking, nature study, hiking, camping, picnicking, or jogging along roads, trails or shorelines. Bicycling is popular along the hilly park and area roads.

Bastrop State Park -    (Parks - State Parks) Bastrop  (Bastrop Co.)
Located in the famous "Lost Pines," an isolated timbered region of loblolly pine and hardwoods, the park offers backpacking, camping, picnicking, canoeing, swimming (pool), fishing, golfing, wildlife viewing, hiking, and special tours. Park offers private cabins as well as tent camping and RV parking.

Colorado Bend State Park -    (Parks - State Parks) Bend  (San Saba Co.)
The park currently offers the outdoor enthusiast access to primitive camping, hiking, fishing, which at certain times is terrific, swimming, mountain biking, birding, and nature watching, and guided tours. When Lake Buchanan is near normal levels, the river is navigable from the park's boat ramp all the way to the lake, approximately 10 miles. This is a trip on slow moving water through the beautiful canyon lands of the Colorado.

Big Spring
Big Spring State Park -    (Parks - State Parks) Big Spring  (Howard Co.)
Dramatic views from the CCC-built loop road is one of the featured attractions of the 382-acre park. Early morning or sunset, joggers, walkers, and cyclists circle the loop, enjoying these views as they exercise. Campers enjoy stargazing or watching the sun set off of the 200-foot bluff. An elaborate Fourth of July fireworks display is one of the largest in the region. Other activities include camping, picnicking, nature study, and sightseeing. Camping, Picnicing and Hiking are enjoyed. Park is just outside of Big Spring, Texas.

Blanco State Park -    (Parks - State Parks) Blanco  (Blanco Co.)
Swim in the beautiful Blanco River. This park, part of the Landscape of Downtown Blanco Texas, is a quick and refreshing stop on your way down U.S. 281. Activities include camping; swimming; picnicking; hiking; nature study; boating (electric motors only);

Bonham State Park -    (Parks - State Parks) Bonham  (Fannin Co.)
There is (unsupervised) swimming and fishing in the man-made lake, built in 1935, as well as camping, picnicking, boating (5 mph speed limit), an 11-mile trail for mountain biking and hiking; vending machines; a playground; a launching ramp; a boat dock; and a lighted fishing pier.

Lake Brownwood State Park -    (Parks - State Parks) Brownwood  (Brown Co.)
Activities: Activities are picnicking; camping; hiking; boating (motors allowed); water skiing (jet skis allowed); fishing; nature study; swimming (in an unsupervised swimming area); and bird watching.

Inks Lake State Park -    (Parks - State Parks) Burnet  (Burnet Co.)
One of the best family parks in Texas. Great swimming hiking, and camping. Deer walk right up to you. This scenic area is lined with Granite, and is beautiful in the Spring.

Choke Canyon State Parks (Calliham Unit) -    (Parks - State Parks) Calliham  (McMullen Co.)
Camping, picnicking, boating, hiking, wildlife viewing, birding, fishing, lake beach and pool (during summer months) swimming, and softball and volleyball areas.

Cedar Hill
Cedar Hill State Park -    (Parks - State Parks) Cedar Hill  (Dallas Co.)
Just South of Dallas, this is one of Texas' newest State Parks, and a short drive from the hectic pace of the Big City. Facilities include picnic sites with tables and grills; hike-in, primitive campsites; campsites with water and electricity (premium sites are available); 4.5 miles of hiking/backpacking trails; 10.3 miles of mountain bike trails; 2 boat ramps (ten lanes); group picnic pavilions

Daingerfield State Park -    (Parks - State Parks) Daingerfield  (Morris Co.)
The park offers picnicking; camping; boating (5 MPH speed limit); fishing; swimming in an unsupervised swimming area; hiking; and nature study. A seasonal concession (March - October) rents pedal boats and canoes.

Del Rio
Devils River State Natural Area -    (Parks - State Parks) Del Rio  (Val Verde Co.)
The park's large size and remoteness support day hiking, primitive camping, nature study, mountain biking, and canyon tours. Access to the river (1.5 miles) is by hiking, biking, or park tour only; no vehicle access permitted. The park is a put-in point only for canoes. It gets very hot in this part of Texas during the summer, so dress and prepare accordingly. The park is a natural area with no picnic tables, concessions, or other amenities found in traditional state parks. All trash generated by visitor use must be carried out of the park.

Eisenhower State Park -    (Parks - State Parks) Denison  (Grayson Co.)
Some of the activities include picnicking, hiking, Mountain biking, nature study, fishing, boating, water skiing, swimming, and wildlife observation, and a variety of camping.

El Paso
Franklin Mountains State Park -    (Parks - State Parks) El Paso  (El Paso Co.)
The park is the largest urban park in the nation at over 24,000 acres, covering some 37 square miles, all within the city limits of El Paso. Many hiking trails are currently accessible off of Loop 375/Trans-Mountain Road. Work is underway for a trail network that will ultimately offer a 118-mile network. All 118 miles will be open to hiking traffic, 51 miles will be open to hiking and mountain biking traffic, and 22 miles will be open for tri-use - hiking, mountain bikes, and horseback riding.

Fairfield State Park -    (Parks - State Parks) Fairfield  (Freestone Co.)
Activities include camping, backpacking, hiking, nature study, bird watching, boating on this 2400-acre lake, water skiing, jet skiing (races hosted the first weekend in May), fishing, and lake swimming in a large, buoyed, sandy area. Fairfield Bald Eagle tours in Winter. Sthe Texas State Park Store offers ice, food, firewood and supplies.

Lost Creek Reservoir State Trailway -    (Parks - Hiking) Jacksboro  (Jack Co.)

South Llano River State Park -    (Parks - State Parks) Junction  (Kimble Co.)
Camping, picnicking, canoeing, tubing, swimming, fishing, hiking, mountain bike riding, and bird and nature study

Caddo Lake State Park -    (Parks - State Parks) Karnack  (Harrison Co.)
Large Cypress trees tower over the still waters of Caddo Lake. This unique area resembles more the Louisiana Swamps than a Texas State Park. Take a walk on the pier and get right out into the swamps. Bring your camera for some unforgettable pictures. Activities enjoyed include camping, hiking, swimming, picnicking, nature study, fishing, and boating. There are canoe rentals in the park and pontoon boat tours daily except Wednesday.

Confederate Reunion Ground (Fort Parker State Park) -    (Parks - Historical) Mexia  (Limestone Co.)
Facilities include picnic sites, restrooms, pavilion, playground, two historic structures, and 1/2-mile hiking trail with footbridges. The group pavilion may be reserved through the Central Reservation System. If a group wishes to reserve it for an overnight activity, overnight camping is allowed by making arrangements with Fort Parker.

Fort Parker State Park -    (Parks - State Parks) Mexia  (Limestone Co.)
Fort Parker offers camping, picnicking, swimming in an unsupervised swimming area, fishing, birdwatching, hiking, biking, canoeing, nature study,baseball/softball, and paddle boating. The canoe trip from Confederate Reunion Grounds to Fort Parker is a 3-mile trip on the Navasota River. Canoes will be shuttled to the Confederate Reunion Grounds at 10:00 am on Saturdays and Sundays only.

Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park -    (Parks - State Parks) Mission  (Hidalgo Co.)
The park provides a chance to study unique plants, animals and birds of the region. Many species of birds unique to the southern U.S. are found here. Enjoy camping, hiking, picnicking, bird watching, nature study, boating and fishing.

Brazos Bend State Park -    (Parks - State Parks) Needville  (Fort Bend Co.)
Activities include camping, picnicking, hiking, biking, and fishing. Six lakes are easily accessible to fishermen, with lighted piers and fish-cleaning tables. Visitors are cautioned to pay due respect to alligators, which are numerous in some areas of the park.

Big Bend Ranch State Park -    (Parks - State Parks) Presidio  (Presidio Co.)
Embracing some of the most remote and rugged terrain in the Southwest, it encompasses two mountain ranges containing ancient extinct volcanoes, precipitous canyons, and waterfalls. Spectacular Colorado Canyon offers among the finest rafting and canoeing opportunities along the Rio Grande. Bring your own gear, or hire a commercial outfitter in nearby Study Butte, Lajitas, or Terlingua. Hiking, Camping, Rafting, and Picnicing are enjoyed along the Rio Grande river.

Caprock Canyons State Park -    (Parks - State Parks) Quitaque  (Briscoe Co.)
100 miles southeast of Amarillo. The park offers day-use and camping facilities; hiking; horseback riding; mountain bike riding; boating on a no-wake lake; fishing; a scenic drive; guided tours; and seasonal concessions offering horse rentals. Almost 90 miles of multi-use trails range from the very difficult in rugged terrain to trails with less than 3% grade. About 25 miles of the trails include cliffs and drop-offs, with steep climbs and descents that are recommended only for the experienced equestrian and mountain bike riders.

Salt Flat
Guadalupe Peak, Texas -    (Parks - National) Salt Flat  (Hudspeth Co.)
Experiences and Photographs of a hiking expedition to the summit. Links to other Guadalupe Peak experiences.

Buescher State Park -    (Parks - State Parks) Smithville  (Bastrop Co.)
Activities are non-motorized boating permitted (no ramp/small lake); fishing in a stocked lake; nature study; hiking; and biking (The scenic, 12-mile-long, winding, and hilly, paved road between Buescher and Bastrop State Parks is ideal for biking, but should be used only by experienced cyclists.) Approximately 6 miles between the parks is private land; no camping between parks or trespassing on private land.

Three Rivers
Choke Canyon State Parks (South Shore Unit) -    (Parks - State Parks) Three Rivers  (Live Oak Co.)
Camping, picnicking, boating, hiking, wildlife viewing, birding, fishing, lake beach and pool (during summer months) swimming, and softball and volleyball areas, and equestrian use.

Anglena National Forest - Upland Island and Turkey Hill -    (Parks - National Forests) Zavalla  (Angelina Co.)
18,000 acress of road-less and structure-less wilderness. Many outdoor activies are permitted, but NO mechanized or wheeled vehicles. Horseback riding, hiking, hunting (in season), fishing, and camping. Check other restrictions before you go.