Texas Parks & Wildlife Videos
Texas State Parks and Historic Sites
Cooper Lake, about 1.5 hours northeast of Dallas, is a 19,300 acre lake surrounded by thousands of acres devoted to parks and wildlife management. A haven for fish and wildlife, Cooper Lake State Park offers abundant opportunities for land and water recreation. Enjoy fishing, horseback riding, nature tours or relaxing in one of the park's lakeside cabins. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
Copper Breaks State Park is located in the Texas panhandle, north of Abilene. The park gets its name from the copper deposits threaded throughout the rugged canyon land. The Visitors Center features exhibits on the Comanche and Kiowa tribes that once roamed the area, including Quanah Parker. The park is also home to the official Texas longhorn herd. See www.LifesBetterOutside.org for more information
Daingerfield State Park, southwest of Texarkana, is a park for all seasons. Autumn brings brilliant fall foliage, an unusual sight in much of Texas. In spring, the dogwoods and wildflowers bloom. During summer, the lake is popular with swimmers, anglers and boaters. (Boat rentals available.) Year round, the heavily wooded park is rich with wildlife. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
Davis Mountains State Park provides panoramic views of west Texas. At a mile above sea level, the park enjoys moderate temperatures with little humidity. The park's recently remodeled Indian Lodge is a pueblo style hotel built in 1937 that still retains its old world charm. Visitors to the park enjoy hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and camping under the big Texas sky. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
North of Del Rio and miles from anywhere, Devils River State Natural Area sits along some of the cleanest water in Texas. The site offers hiking and mountain biking, primitive camping, canyon tours and a put-in point for paddlers (reservations required). NOTE: Camping and facility stays are by reservation only. Reservations must be made at least 2 days in advance. See http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/devils_river/
Devil's Sinkhole State Natural Area Head out to the eastern edge of the Hill Country and visit one of the state's deepest caverns. Measuring over 350 feet deep Devil's Sinkhole is also home to one of the states largest colonies of Mexican free-tailed bats. It's a must see spectacle that will drive you batty! For more information visit our web site: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/devils_sinkhole/
In 1950, Texan Fred Foster produced a film about some would-be spelunkers and their expedition into The Devil's Sinkhole. This long lost film has been recently rediscovered by cave enthusiasts. See how this film came to be and the unusual story behind this family project. For more information on Devil's Sinkhole, visit http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/devils_sinkhole/ This segment can be seen on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Television Series on PBS. See what's on our program this week: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/newsmedia/tv/. For a list of stations and air times: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/newsmedia/tv/tvwhere.phtml.
New Wave Cave The Devil's Sinkhole near Rocksprings is a cavernous wonder. Visitors to the sinkhole can only peer into the abyss from a platform near the edge. Thanks to a crew of geologists and photographers, a 3D virtual map of the cave is in the works, one that will give visitors a unique view of this geologic oddity. For more information go to www.tpwd.state.tx.us or http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/devils_sinkhole/
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.
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