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- New Texas State Parks Centennial Plan Lays Blueprint for Brighter Future
- Record Breaking Attendance at Texas State Parks’ Annual First Day Hikes
- Winners of the Youth Arts Contest Announced
Texas State Parks Centennial Plan
Texas State Parks will celebrate its centennial in 2023. Download our Centennial Plan to learn how we'll prepare for this big year.
This is a wonderful time to visit a state park and to make plans for spring and summer vacations! Make it easy with our app: Texas State Parks Official Guide.
The app lets you search for parks by activities or overnight accommodations. View the map to find a park near you and get directions. Look at photos and videos of each park. Watch this video to see the how it works.
Read about nature art, Christmas lights, and sailors' knots in the December Ranger Roundup. Check out the latest happenings in your state parks!
Park Pick: Blanco State Park
Visitors flock to Blanco State Park in the warm summer months to enjoy the cool, spring-fed waters. But what about once the temperatures drop? The trees might be bare, the water chilly and the air crisp, but you’ll find plenty to explore beyond the banks of the Blanco River.
The river wanders through the 105-acre park. It showcases limestone terraces, majestic bald cypress trees and our state’s Civilian Conservation Corps history.
Hike Pick: Seminole Canyon State Park & Historic Site
Seminole Canyon State Park & Historic Site's Canyon Rim Trail begins .45 miles down the Rio Grande Trail, where you hike over an abandoned 1880s railroad bed.
Watch for remnants of prehistoric structures marked by the bridge to the past. This wooden bridge passes beside prehistoric rock rings. Native Americans lived in wikiup huts here 1,000 to 1,500 years ago. Next stop is the scenic Presa Canyon Overlook – a good spot to rest and take photos.
Panther Cave Overlook lies 2.5 miles further. There you'll see an immense pictograph visible across the canyon: A nine-foot-long panther image spans the back wall of Panther Cave. Look south for a beautiful view across the Rio Grande into Mexico.
This 7.5 mile hike is well worth the effort!
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