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Lights, Camera, Action!
Have you ever thought the setting of a television show, movie or commercial looked familiar? Maybe it was your favorite state park!
Car companies, banks, clothing lines, outdoor outfitters and more have filmed commercials in state parks. Not surprisingly, the travel industry films in our parks as well.
You just never know when you'll see a familiar setting on film!
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Park Pick: Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site
What a wonderful ride!
As young man of 20, I arrived at Henry Fanthorp's old place in Anderson. The sun sparkled off the shiny red paint of the massive Concord stagecoach with straw-yellow wheels and undercarriage. Six sleek chestnut bay horses waited to pull the coach. I stopped at the ticket window before finding a seat on the stage.
That was 40 years ago. TPWD had just acquired Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site in 1977. Little did I realize that I was about to embark on a wonderful experiment: restoring an authentic historic inn, one of the most significant stagecoach stops in Texas.
Hike Pick: Lake Colorado City State Park
The newly-named Cactus Cut Trail runs along Lake Colorado City's edge for about a mile one-way. It cuts in and out of mesquite and juniper trees and of course, prickly pear cactus. Look for gorgeous lake views along the way. Keep an eye out for wildlife such as ground squirrels, roadrunners, cottontail rabbits, and more.
The adventure awaits you not far from your base camp: the trailhead is near the Mesquite Circle Camping Area. Explore all of Lake Colorado City State Park and take advantage of its trails, campsites, cabins, day-use picnic areas and wildlife viewing.
Remember, Life's Better Outside!
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