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Celebrating our heritage: Texas Archeology Month


Did you know Texas' state parks protect your heritage?

Visit Hueco Tanks and Seminole Canyon to marvel at ancient rock art. Tour a restored Spanish mission, Mission Espiritu Santo. See early settlers' homesteads at McKinney Falls and Cedar Hill. Walk in the steps of Texians fighting for independence at Washington-on-the-Brazos and San Jacinto Battlefield.

Celebrate Texas Archeology Month by visiting a state park!

Parks that protect our history and culture.

Programs on history and culture at parks all over the state.


Park Pick: Ray Roberts Lake State Park

A Park for all Seasons

Ray Roberts Lake State Park

A few clusters of people scatter along the grassy bank of a pond, some enjoying the shade of a sizable pecan tree, others soaking up warm sun. Several youngsters stand at the water's edge, fishing poles in hand, earnest expressions on their faces. When one gets a tug on the line, excitement erupts.

Fishing may be the main attraction at Ray Roberts Lake State Park, but it's certainly not the only one. Whether you fish, hike, bike, swim or just hang out here, you become one of a long line of visitors stretching far into the past.

Read more in TPW magazine


Hike Pick: Huntsville State Park

A Walk in the Woods

Huntsville State Park

Trek along lake shore and dense woodlands on the Prairie Branch Loop Trail at Huntsville State Park.

The 1.5-mile moderate trail follows the northern arm of Lake Raven. Enter and return from the Prairie Branch Camping Area, accessible from the park road. There you'll find a sandy path that stretches through a forest and back in time.

The trail follows the footsteps of the ancient Akokisa people, who camped here a thousand years ago. Along the way, you may catch a glimpse of a bald eagle or even a rare, red-cockaded woodpecker.

Ranger Roundup

Keep up with cool things happening in your state parks with our new Ranger Roundup web page. Each month we’ll post about new facilities, unique nature sightings, special visitors, and more.

Bookmark this webpage and check back for monthly updates!

Activities and Programs

Cool Escapes

kids outside having summer fun

Fall is here, but summer temperatures are sticking around. Beat the heat with an exciting paddle, a cool dip, or an evening under the stars!




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