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Texas State Parks and Historic Sites
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
[cc] Situado cerca de la costa sureña de Texas, el parque estatal Goliad State Park es un monumento de la historia de Texas. Visite al sitio histórico Misión Espiritu Santo, el río San Antonio, el sendero de remo de Goliad, y el Gran Sendero Para la Observación de Aves Costeras de Texas. Visite a http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us. ENGLISH VERSION at http://tinyurl.com/y8oz5qs
Goose Island State Park sits on the shores of Aransas Bay north of Rockport, Texas. Known for its excellent fishing, the park also features a 1000-year-old oak tree and endangered whooping cranes from nearby Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
Just 16 miles from downtown San Antonio, Government Canyon State Natural Area sits on 8500 acres of pristine wilderness that were once slated for urban development. The area is part of the Edwards Aquifer recharge zone. See www.LifesBetterOutside for visiting hours.
Get a bike's-eye view of the trails at Government Canyon State Natural Area in San Antonio http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/government_canyon/
Government Canyon State Natural Area grew out of a unique partnership that formed to preserve a precious resource. The more than 8,000 acre area of pristine Hill Country land helps protect the aquifer below it, and that makes it all the more important to nearby San Antonio. For more information about Government Canyon, visit: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/government_canyon/
Guadalupe River State Park, just 30 minutes north of San Antonio, has scenic Hill Country views of rugged limestone cliffs and clear flowing waters. As you enjoy tubing down the river or exploring the park's nature trails, the stress of city life will fade away. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
Outside of Bandera, just 45 miles from San Antonio, Hill Country State Natural Area seems much further from civilization than it really is. The unspoiled vistas and challening terrain draw hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrian trail riders alike. For more information, visit http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/hill_country/
32 miles northeast of El Paso, Hueco Tanks is named for the large natural rock basins or "huecos" (WAY-KOES) that have furnished a supply of trapped rain water to dwellers and travelers in this arid region of west Texas for millennia. Rock paintings at the site date back thousands of years. To protect these historical resources, reservations are required to visit the park. Better yet, make a reservation for one of the park's many guided bouldering, hiking and pictograph tours. Call 1-800-792-1112 or visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
When it comes to rock art, Hueco Tanks, east of El Paso, is in a class by itself with rock art that dates back 6000 years. Unfortunately, over the years some of the pictographs have been damaged by graffiti. But now a new type of laser technology is about to turn back time. It's a laser light show that wipes away the graffiti but doesn't affect the pictograph underneath. For more on Hueco Tanks State Park, see http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/hueco-tanks
New laser technology is being put to the test at Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic Site. Can lasers be used to remove graffiti paint and leave ancient pictographs unharmed? Here is a glimpse into this work that has never been tried before. The entire story will air on Texas Parks and Wildlife Television the week of October 21-27, 2012.
Just north of Houston, Huntsville State Park adjoins the Sam Houston National Forest and encloses the 210-acre Lake Raven. Visitors enjoy hiking, camping, fishing and relaxing in the peace of the east Texas forest. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
A little over an hour northwest of Austin, Inks Lake State Park offers a pristine hill country experience. Visitors enjoy swimming, fishing, camping and hiking. For more information, visit http://www.tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/inks-lake
Kickapoo Cavern State Park Bats, birds and caverns are what you'll find at this secluded state park. Located north of Del Rio, you can experience the flight of the Mexican free-tailed bat, have a guided cavern tour to see the largest column formation in Texas, and possibly see the endangered golden-cheeked warbler while exploring the park. You can watch this story on the Texas Parks & Wildlife television show the week of January 8-14, 2012. It repeats the week of July 8-14, 2012 on the Texas PBS stations. www.tpwd.state.tx.us/tv
Near Wichita Falls, Lake Arrowhead State Park is famous for its prairie dogs and crappie fishing. Just a few hours from Dallas-Fort Worth, the park offers plenty to please kids and grownups alike. Info. at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/lake_arrowhead/
About 2 hours east of Dallas, Lake Bob Sandlin State Park offers beautiful forests and a great lake for fishing, swimming and boating. Info. at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/lake_bob_sandlin/
Located near the geographic center of Texas, Lake Brownwood State Park is a showcase of Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) handiwork. The 7300 acre lake is a great spot for fishing, boating, swimming, picnicking and camping. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
Lake Casa Blanca State Park is located near the Texas border town of Laredo. The park's 1650 acre lake is a great spot for fishing, boating and birdwatching. The park is a popular gathering spot for locals seeking a getaway from urban life and for winter Texans (or "snowbirds") who enjoy the area's mild winter climate. The park offers facilities for picnicking, camping, and group gatherings. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
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