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Filming Kevin Fowler

Have you ever thought the setting of a television show, movie or commercial looked familiar? Maybe it was your favorite state park!

Did you recognize Big Bend Ranch State Park in parts of “Lonesome Dove”? Did you know the camping scene in “Boyhood” took place at Pedernales Falls State Park?

“The Leftovers” filmed scenes from its second and third seasons at both McKinney Falls and Pedernales Falls state parks. “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” filmed at Palmetto State Park in 2013.

Car companies, banks, clothing lines, outdoor outfitters and more have filmed commercials in state parks. Not surprisingly, the travel industry films in our parks as well.

You just never know when you'll see a familiar setting on film!


Prime State Park Campsites

Prime State Park Campsites
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Hey campers: Subscribe to Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine right now, and you'll receive our Prime State Park Campsites guide. It's packed with insider information on the best places to pitch a tent around the state. It even includes some creative s'mores recipes to spice up your next camping adventure!

The guide is a digital download that you can access from a mobile device or directly through your browser.

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Park Pick: Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site


Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site - Concord stagecoach

What a wonderful ride!

As young man of 20, I arrived at Henry Fanthorp's old place in Anderson. The sun sparkled off the shiny red paint of the massive Concord stagecoach with straw-yellow wheels and undercarriage. Six sleek chestnut bay horses waited to pull the coach. I stopped at the ticket window before finding a seat on the stage.

That was 40 years ago. TPWD had just acquired Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site in 1977. Little did I realize that I was about to embark on a wonderful experiment: restoring an authentic historic inn, one of the most significant stagecoach stops in Texas.

  Read more in TPW magazine

Hike Pick: Lake Colorado City State Park

Cactus Cut Trail

Hiking in Lake Colorado City State Park

The newly-named Cactus Cut Trail runs along Lake Colorado City's edge for about a mile one-way. It cuts in and out of mesquite and juniper trees and of course, prickly pear cactus. Look for gorgeous lake views along the way. Keep an eye out for wildlife such as ground squirrels, roadrunners, cottontail rabbits, and more.

The adventure awaits you not far from your base camp: the trailhead is near the Mesquite Circle Camping Area. Explore all of Lake Colorado City State Park and take advantage of its trails, campsites, cabins, day-use picnic areas and wildlife viewing.

Remember, Life's Better Outside!


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Summer Fun

Summer Fun

Sun’s out, fun’s out! Swim, paddle and explore at a Texas State Park.

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