Camp Cooking 101

Cooking - South Llano State Park

Fall is the perfect season for camping and cooking outdoors. With a little planning and prep work, you can pull off a fantastic feast using a camp stove or barbecue grill. Follow these links for ideas and tips for feeding your hungry friends and family in camp. Bon appetit!

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Park Pick: Johnson Branch of Ray Roberts Lake State Park

Metroplex Getaway

Bison on the Caprock

When the work week drags and the traffic snags, nothing sounds better to many city dwellers than escaping to a nearby park. Just over an hour away from the DFW Metroplex, the Johnson Branch Unit of Ray Roberts Lake State Park is the perfect getaway. Come here to reconnect with nature for a week, a weekend or just an afternoon.

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Hike Pick: Brazos Bend State Park

The 40 Acre Lake Trail

Brazos Bend State Park hike

Would you like to hike through a pristine hardwood forest with 200-year-old live oak trees draped in Spanish moss? Or walk past a remnant tallgrass prairie? Maybe you'd like to stroll beside a lake, a marsh and a swamp.

You can do all of these on one trail at Brazos Bend State Park, southwest of Houston. Explore five ecosystems on the 1.2-mile 40 Acre Lake Trail . This wide, mostly level gravel trail is good for hiking, biking, or even pushing a stroller.

Watch for wildlife as you hike. You may see birds, turtles, frogs, armadillos and other wildlife, including the American alligator. Climb the 50-foot observation tower located about halfway along the trail for a great view of the park.

Bring your family and camera; it’s time to hit the 40 Acre Lake Trail!

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Get Festive in Texas State Parks

Barrington Christmas 2014

Listen to live music, sip hot drinks or create holiday crafts. Check out the lights, live the history, or even hike with Santa! Now is your chance to step outside with friends and family in state parks across Texas.

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