Texas Parks & Wildlife Videos
Texas State Parks and Historic Sites
Dinosaur Valley State Park contains some of the best preserved dinosaur tracks in the world. Two model dinosaurs help visitors envision what the site was like back when dinosaurs roamed the land. About an hour southwest of Fort Worth in Glen Rose, the park offers a limestone creek for swimming and fishing, as well as hiking and biking trails through the rocky hills. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
Dinosaur Valley State Park has some of the best preserved dinosaur tracks in the world. Follow a group of scientists as they investigate the hidden lives of Texas dinosaurs, using cutting-edge technology and old-fashioned scientific method by studying the park's prehistoric tracks. To see the tracks, visit http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/dinosaur-valley
Eisenhower State Park sits along the shores of Lake Texoma, about an hour and a half north of Dallas. The shoreline bluffs make for scenic swimming spots. The full-service marina is convenient for boating, fishing and other water recreation. Hike and bike trails meander through native tall-grass prairie and wooded landscape, culminating in scenic overlooks. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
Sometimes called "the heart of Texas," Enchanted Rock State Natural Area is located about an hour from San Antonio near the scenic town of Fredericksburg. The large pink granite rock rises 1825 feet above sea level and was considered sacred by the native American Tonkawa tribe. Today, humans are still drawn to Enchanted Rock for its panoramic views of the hill country. It's also a popular spot for hiking, camping and nature viewing. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
[cc] At the geographic center of the World Birding Center network, Estero Llano Grande State Park in Weslaco attracts a spectacular array of South Texas wildlife. Enjoy the colorful parade of birds - and don't forget the alligators! Park details at http://www.worldbirdingcenter.org/sites/weslaco/
Warmed by a power plant, Fairfield Lake is known for its fantastic fishing, especially in the winter. A 36 lb. redfish was caught here. Located halfway between Huntsville and Dallas, Fairfield Lake State Park also offers hiking, biking and camping under a canopy of trees. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
Falcon State Park, near the border of Texas and Mexico, sits along the 98,000 acre International Falcon Reservoir. The setting provides excellent fishing, birding and sunsets. The park is a popular spot with winter Texans who have established a friendly community of folks who enjoy the warmth and the wildlife of south Texas. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
Exit the highway north of Houston and take a step back in time to Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site, an early stagecoach stop and family home. Visit on Stagecoach Days and you can take a spin around town in an 1850s-era stagecoach. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
Halfway between Houston and Dallas off I-45, Fort Boggy State Park offers a tranquil oasis for hiking, biking, fishing and gathering with friends http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/fort_boggy/
Deep in the Texas Big Bend country, Fort Leaton State Historic site was established as a trading post in 1848. Military explorers, traders and gold miners all passed through its walls. Take a step back in time and imagine what life was like in this remote region of Texas. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
Fort Parker State Park, east of Waco, is rich in both nature and history. The park is the site of a Comanche Indian raid that took place in 1836. In the 1930s the Civilian Conservation Corps built several park structures that still stand today, including Fort Parker Lake, a popular fishing spot. The wooded park is a great place for hiking, camping and wildlife viewing. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
About an hour west of Fort Worth, Fort Richardson State Historic Site and Lost Creek Reservoir Trailway offers visitors equal doses of history and nature all in one place. The Fort dates to 1867 when Texas was part of the wild west. A 10-mile hike, bike and equestrian trail runs adjacent to the fort and along Lost Creek. The park also offers camping and day use areas. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
Reenactors at Fort Richardson State Park & Historic Site, northwest of Fort Worth, re-live the days when Texas was part of the wild west. More info. at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/fort_richardson/
Visitors to Franklin Mountains State Park may feel they've left civilization far behind, when in fact they're within the city limits of El Paso. This Chihuahuan desert park offers excellent rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking and camping, along with panoramic vistas and stunning sunsets. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
If you are looking for true mountain biking in Texas, check out Franklin Mountains State Park right in the heart of El Paso. From easy going jeep roads to technical and steep single track, this amazing park has something for any type of mountain biker. Get details on biking trails across Texas state parks at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/parks/things-to-do/biking-in-state-parks
Don't let the hot Texas summers keep you trapped indoors. Here are ways you can have fun outside and stay cool at the same time. It'll cost a lot less than running your air conditioner full blast! For more information on outdoor fun, visit http://lifesbetteroutside.tpwd.state.tx.us/
Galveston Island State Park, near Houston, spans from the beaches of the Gulf of Mexico to Galveston Bay. The natural coastal setting is a great spot for swimming, fishing, camping, picnicking and wildlife viewing. Visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org for more information.
Galveston Island State Park is open to the public after it had been devastated by Hurricane Ike thanks to Parks and Wildlife staff and thousands of volunteers. http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/galveston/
Built by the CCC in the 1930s, Garner has long been one of the most popular parks in Texas, and with good reason. From the spring-fed Frio River to the vast hiking trails to the summer dances, the park has a lot to offer. That's why generations of Texans have been making this Hill Country gem the place to be year round. http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/garner/
Garner State Park, A Fuentes Family Fourth Garner State Park is full of visitors all summer long, but the holiday weekends are especially busy. Meet a group of family and friends that have been dealing with the crowds on the Fourth of July at Garner for 19 straight years, and have loved every minute of it. From 2009. Watch the Texas Parks & Wildlife television show on the Texas PBS stations. www.tpwd.state.tx.us/tv
For 20 years, the Fuentes family has made camping at Garner State Park a July 4th tradition. Visitors flock to the park, about an hour west of San Antonio, to hike to the top of Mt. Baldy, swim in the cool, clear waters of the Frio River, and dance the night away. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org
Get the basics of geocaching, an outdoor treasure hunt that's fun for all ages http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/geocaching/. Learn how to geocache!
The Texas State Parks Geocache Challenge kicks off Summer2011.
[cc] Join us on a modern day treasure hunt in Texas state parks as part of our Geocache Challenge. To get started, visit http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/geocaching/ New to geocaching? Learn how to geocache at a Texas Outdoor Family Workshop http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/learning/bof/. You can also download written clues from the Texas Geocache Challenge website.
Located near the south Texas coast, Goliad State Park is rich in Texas history. Combined with national historic landmarks around the historic town of Goliad, Goliad State Park and Mission Espiritu Santo State Historic Site comprise one of the state's must-see portals to the past. The scenic San Antonio river is also the site of the Goliad Paddling Trail and the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org. En Español: http://tinyurl.com/ycbpejs
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