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Paddling in Texas State Parks

Explore Texas’ waterways by canoe, kayak or paddleboat. Take in new vistas while beating the summer heat!

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.

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Park Pick: Garner State Park

Paradise Found

Swimming in Garner State Park

A grainy old family movie shows my 4-year-old self standing on the dam at Garner State Park, falling backward on purpose into the clear, refreshing water. Over and over and over.

That was the first of my many trips to the park, famous for the Frio River, Old Baldy and summer jukebox dances. I started bringing my own children here early on, and we shared many a long, lazy float down the river. In those clear, cool, mostly shady and shallow waters beats the literal and figurative heart of Garner.

Read more in TPW magazine


Hike Pick: Davis Mountains State Park

Indian Lodge Trail

Indian Lodge Trail

Are you ready to leave civilization behind for a short while? Take a deep breath of mountain air and set out for the rugged experience of the Indian Lodge Trail. Explore this 1.75-mile trail at Davis Mountains State Park.

Starting behind the Indian Lodge, climb switchbacks between stunning sheer cliffs of ancient lava. At the top, reward yourself with views of the Davis Mountains’ spectacular peaks.

The trail gently rolls east across the ridge with Keesey Canyon to the south and Limpia Canyon to the north. Descend through a rocky oak grassland into sotol and yucca fields before reentering the 21st century at the campground.

Activities and Programs

Summer Fun

kids outside having summer fun

What will you do this summer? School is out, and it’s time to get together outdoors. Your cookouts and cool waters are waiting!

Choose your own adventure

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