Parks Recovering From Spring Floods

Blanco floods

Flooding this past Memorial Day weekend left its mark on more than 50 state parks. But thanks to the efforts of local communities, volunteers and park employees, all but four have reopened.

Recovery will cost $16 million. Work continues on removing debris and repairing damaged facilities.

Bastrop State Park suffered the costliest damage when the historic dam of the park's lake gave way. The lake drained, and rushing water washed out a section of a park road.

Read more in State Parks Recovering After Torrential Memorial Day Floods.

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Park Pick: Estero Llano Grande

For the Birds

Estero Llano Grande

From the minute you get out of your car in the parking lot, it's obvious that Estero Llano Grande State Park isn't like most parks. Hummingbirds dart by as you follow the big, yellow bird footprints to a cobblestone path that winds down to the visitors center.

A large deck overlooks Ibis Pond, where you'll find birds of every shape and color. Great kiskadees stand guard on dead limbs, purple martins snatch insects as they patrol the skies, and a group of black-bellied whistling ducks lands in a flutter of wings and webbed feet. Great blue herons, great egrets, black-necked stilts and killdeer methodically wade through the water, looking for their next meal.

It comes as no surprise that this park in Weslaco is one of the multiple locations that make up the World Birding Center in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas.

Read more in TPW magazine »

Hike Pick: Dinosaur Valley State Park

Limestone Ledge Trail Hike

Dinosaur Valley State Park

The Limestone Ledge Trail follows a sandy path along the Paluxy River, which flows through Dinosaur Valley State Park. Millions of years ago dinosaurs roamed this area, leaving tracks on the ancient beach.

As you hike, you will see hundreds of large saucer-like dinosaur footprints through the clear water of the river. Imagine the 22-ton sauropod that made those prints passing nearby! Six- to eight-ton theropods made the more common and smaller footprints.

This 2.5-mile family hike is an intermediate level hike and is not suitable for strollers. Wear good walking or hiking shoes and sunscreen, carry water and protein snacks, and enjoy this trip to the past!

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