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Go Wild in Texas State Parks

From dinosaur footprints to America's second largest canyon, Texas State Parks will thrill you with numerous unique experiences. Visit historic military forts and explore abandoned railway tracks long reclaimed by mother nature. From jiving in Garner State Park to horseback riding at Palo Duro Canyon, these parks encapsulate the special magic of Texas.

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Best Texas State Parks for Families

Your little ones can walk in the footsteps of their favorite giant dinosaurs in Texas' state parks. Dinosaur footprints, horseback rides and canoeing down the glittering Frio River are just a few of the state's favorite family attractions:

  • 1. Garner State Park

    Since the forties, families have been jiving to the sound of jukeboxes at Garner State Park. Cool off from the dancing and the Texan sunshine with a dip in the crystal clear waters of the Frio River. Almost 2,000 acres of Hill Country landscapes are threaded by this glimmering river, which you can float blissfully along on a tube, paddle down in a canoe, or fish in. Trails ribbon the park, and picnic areas are plentiful.

  • 2. Fort Richardson State Park and Historic Site

    Kids are enthralled by the historic attractions at Fort Richardson. Visit a powder magazine which was used to store gun powder, an antique bakery, and an officer's quarters. After your visit, go horseback riding or fish for catfish, bass, and trout. The Lost Creek Trailway runs for ten 10 mi. of leafy splendor, forming a haven for cyclists, horse riders, and hikers alike. Military re-enactments and barbecue cook-offs are common in the park during the summer months.

  • 3. Dinosaur Valley State Park

    Walk in the gargantuan footsteps of dinosaurs at one of Texas' most exciting state parks for children. Sure, you can horse ride, swim in the river, and enjoy watching the wildlife on more than a hundred acres in this parkland. But the greatest attraction is the dinosaur prints in the bed of the Paluxy River.

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Best Texas State Parks for Hiking

Come and see Texas' answer to the Grand Canyon, the vast Palo Duro Canyon. Walk through leafy passageways that lead to waterfalls, and discover historic structures in these thrilling Texan State Parks:

  • 1. Tyler State Park

    Historic structures throughout the park create idyllic settings for picnics and resting breaks during your hikes through the leafy wilderness along the banks of Tyler Park's 64-acre lake. On these deeply peaceful trails, tall trees roar in the breeze overhead, and playful spots of light dance over the lake and across the beloved Whispering Pines Nature Trail. A total of 13 mi. of trails ribbon through the park.

  • 2. Colorado Bend State Park

    Just two hours from Austin, Colorado Bend is known for its diverse trail system, which extends for 35 mi. Varied terrain makes for interesting hiking and biking. Take the Spicewood Springs Trail to visit waterfalls, canyons, and creeks. Or clamber over to Gorman Falls. River Trail is the easiest hike and features several tree-lined swimming holes.

  • 3. Palo Duro Canyon

    30 mi. of hiking, biking, and equestrian trails roll through this spectacular state park. Come and see the second largest canyon in America right here in Palo Duro. Geocaches, hidden curiosities that can be found through GPS tracking are plentiful in the park, and there's even an outdoor musical in the summertime. Join in the Ranger Program to learn about Longhorn cattle and other animal life, or book one of the popular guided walks offered by the rangers.

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Best Texas State Parks for Adventure Sports

Synonymous with cowboy culture, there are plenty of rugged pastimes to satisfy your wild side in Texas' state parks. Whether your passion is scuba diving or you're on a geocaching mission, here are some of the state's most adventurous parks:

  • 1. Possum Kingdom State Park

    The fun potential of Possum Kingdom is huge. Snorkel, scuba dive, swim, or go boating and fishing on the water. Geocache on land using your smartphone or GPS device to unearth hidden secrets hidden in the landscape. Close by the park, you can spot local wildlife on the Palo Pinto Loop.

  • 2. Guadalupe River State Park

    This park offers superb swimming, as well as stunning scenery that makes for fantastic hiking, biking, and horseback riding. Explore the full 13 mi. on Painted Bunting and Barred Owl Trails. Go fishing, or grab a tube and glide down the river effortlessly, spotting bird and plant life as you go.

  • 3. Mustang Island State Park

    More than 5 mi. of coastline form the perfect playground for adventure sports enthusiasts. Fish in the bay, swim in the water, or go kayaking. Ranger programs feature birding, stargazing and adventure fishing.

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