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Texas State Parks Pass

With a park pass in your wallet, you are on your way to Texas-sized adventures!

Park passes let you visit more than 90 state parks for free or at reduced price. Any Texan can purchase a Texas State Parks Pass, good for one year. Seniors, veterans and those with disabilities may qualify for a Texas Parklands Passport.

Pick up a pass on your next visit to any state park!

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Park Pick: Guadalupe River State Park

Beyond the River

Park Pick: Guadalupe River

Like butterflies to nectar, visitors by the tens of thousands visit the pristine, cool water of the river that flows through the heart of Guadalupe River State Park. On any given weekend, families and other visitors inundate the banks of the Guadalupe — and the river itself. They spend time cooling their feet or taking a dip in its clear water.

Recently, the Guadalupe River demonstrated its raw power. Spring rains led to a Memorial Day weekend flood that sent the river surging out of its banks. In a three-week effort, staff and volunteers have cleaned and repaired the day-use area.

The Guadalupe River has returned to its channel and is certainly a primary attraction. But visitors quickly discover there is much more to this state park.

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Hike Pick: Atlanta State Park

A Forest Hike

Atlanta State Park

In the far northeast corner of Texas, the trees are tall and the lake is serene. But don't take our word for it. See for yourself when you hike the Hickory Hollow Trail at Atlanta State Park.

The trail is a moderate .81-mile hike meandering through some of the most diverse terrain in the park. It crosses an area riddled with ridges, steep hills, leisurely bottomlands and great views of Lake Wright Patman. Majestic trees shade the trail; watch for wildlife as you hike.

Atlanta State Park has 4.8 miles of trails with varying lengths and habitats – explore them all if you've got time!

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Swimming in Texas State Parks

Swimming in Texas State Parks

Want to cool off in the water this summer? Go swimming in state parks! Visit pools, creeks, rivers, lakes and even the ocean.

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