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Kid playing Cleburne State Park

To a kid, summer means freedom. Celebrate that freedom with a trip to a state park, where there's plenty of room to roam!

Handy park facts:

Park Pick: Lake Brownwood

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Park Pick: Lake Brownwood

A serene peninsula on Lake Brownwood offers more than stunning sunsets. Lake Brownwood State Park is one of the most extensively developed Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) parks in Texas.

Far from being a historic museum, the park encourages visitors to enjoy the CCC's handiwork today. Stay overnight in a cozy cabin. Hike the trails past picnic sites that appear to grow out of the landscape. Walk down to the water's edge on the boat dock stairway and appreciate the craftsmanship of this grand feature.

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Hike Pick: Mustang Island State Park

Strolling on the Sand

Kemp's Ridley sea turtle

When you think of a hike, Mustang Island State Park might not be the first park to come to mind. Perhaps you think of it as a place to catch some rays or take a dip in the gulf. Those are some great ways to experience the park, but you will be amazed at what you can discover on a beach hike.

Along the more than three miles of beach you'll see ghost crabs skittering to their holes in the sand, sea beans from half a world away, several species of shells washed up on shore, and a myriad of birds feeding in the surf and sand. Watch the dunes to catch a glimpse of spotted ground squirrels or kangaroo rats scampering around the colorful railroad vine. During the late spring and early summer keep an eye out for tracks left by nesting Kemp's Ridley and green sea turtles.

Any way you choose to enjoy the park, your stress will wash away with the surf!

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