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Texas Parks & Wildlife
4200 Smith School Road
Austin, TX 78744

Texas State Parks

It is often said that everything is bigger in the Lone Star State. Spend any time exploring a few of the more than 80 state parks in Texas and you’ll probably agree. From the arid deserts of far West Texas to the forests of the Piney Woods, these parks give you an endless amount of adventure to enjoy.

Hike mountainous trails, climb the largest granite batholith in the United States, see a wild herd of buffalo, and feel the soft sands of a Texas Gulf Coast beach embrace your bare feet.

Visit any state park for an adventure you will always remember.

What draws you to the great outdoors? Perhaps it’s the fresh air and the escape from the hustle and bustle of the big city, or you’re looking to see the natural beauty of Texas first hand. Whether you enjoy hiking and mountain biking, fishing, paddling, or camping, you’ll find what you seek in most parks. Yet there are some that stand out. Marvel at the towering pines of Tyler State Park and surf the sand dunes in Monahans Sandhills State Park. Admire the stunning limestone cliffs of Garner State Park and search for rare tropical birds not found anywhere else in the country in Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park. Texas is full of gems like these, all just waiting to be experienced by you.

Spend any time at any of these parks and you’ll likely want to stay for as long as you can. In most cases, you can. Many parks have primitive backcountry camping spots where you can truly sleep under the stars, full hookup RV sites, and (in some cases) rustic cabins and resort lodges. Some even have stores and souvenir shops, meeting and event facilities, nature centers, swimming pools, and other amenities that will make your stay amazing.

While there is a lifetime of experiences on tap at Texas’ sprawling parks, that’s not all there is to see. Texas Parks & Wildlife also has numerous archeological and historic sites that reveal Texas’ stunning history and culture. Head to Fort Richardson State Park to see an authentic Wild West fort, step inside reconstructed Spanish missions at Goliad State Park, and marvel at 4,000-year-old Native American rock art at Seminole Canyon State Park & Historic Site. These are, of course, just a sampling of historic and cultural sites you can stop by. Find out more here.  

To find out more about a specific park and its amenities and activities, have a look at Texas Parks & Wildlife’s website. For a handy on-the-go reference, check out the official State Park Guide or pick one up the next time you visit a state park or Texas Travel Information Center.

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Texas State Parks near Dallas

Eisenhower State Park, Lake Arrowhead State Park, and Lake Mineral Wells State Park are among the many beautiful Texas state parks near Dallas and Fort Worth.

Texas State Parks near El Paso & Big Bend

Hueco Tanks State Historic Site is just one of the many Texas state parks near El Paso and Big Bend that offer endless adventure.

Texas State Parks near Houston

Explore both the Texas Gulf Coast and the Piney Woods at the many Texas state parks near Houston, including Sea Rim State Park and Huntsville State Park.

Texas State Parks near Austin

Longhorn Cavern State Park, McKinney Falls State Park, Blanco State Park, and Mother Neff State Park are just a few of the many Texas state parks near Austin.

Texas State Parks near Abilene, Amarillo & Midland

Caprock Canyons State Park, Copper Breaks State Park, and Monahans Sandhills State Park are just three of the amazing state parks in the Texas Panhandle Plains.

Texas State Parks near San Antonio

Discover a few of the Texas state parks near San Antonio, including Devil's Sinkhole State Natural Area and Seminole Canyon State Park & Historic Site.

Texas State Parks in South Texas

See what the state parks in South Texas have to offer, from birding at Resaca de la Palma State Park to fishing at Lake Casa Blanca International State Park.

Texas State Parks near Tyler

Experience the pristine beauty of East Texas when you visit one of the Texas state parks near Tyler, including Tyler State Park and Daingerfield State Park.

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Texas Parks & Wildlife
4200 Smith School Road
Austin, TX 78744

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