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Texas State Park News
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- Renovated CCC Cabin Now Available for Reservations at Mother Neff State Park
- Palo Duro Superintendent Recognized for Outstanding Women in Texas Government Award
Happy Birthday, NPS!
The National Park Service celebrated its 100th birthday on Aug. 25. NPS protects places of extraordinary natural beauty and preserves the rich history of our country.
As part of the celebration, NPS asks Americans to “Find Your Park” – whether it be national, state or local.
Happy hunting, and happy birthday, NPS!
Park Pick: Balmorhea State Park
You may know Balmorhea State Park as a summertime destination. Swimmers and other sun worshippers fill the park then. But autumn and winter can be magical as well, with smaller crowds and a few hidden surprises.
The “swimming pool” at Balmorhea State Park is actually an impoundment of natural spring water. The Civilian Conservation Corps built the pool between 1934 and 1936.
The water stays a constant 72 to 76 degrees year-round. Though always refreshing, it feels much warmer when the air temperature is lower. Thus, swimming during the cooler months can be surprisingly pleasant and “warm.” Just have plenty of towels ready to wrap up in when you emerge!
Hike Pick: Lake Mineral Wells State Park
Take a hike through an ancient Cross Timbers woodland on the Red Waterfront Trail at Lake Mineral Wells State Park. Along this .7-mile moderate trail, experience the untouched woodlands of North Texas. Native Americans and settlers who lived here 250 to 300 years ago walked these same woods.
The trail follows the eastern edge of beautiful Lake Mineral Wells to Penitentiary Hollow. Enter the hollow through a short cave-like crevice. There you’ll find steep, sheer sandstone walls creating a unique habitat for wildlife and a haven for rock climbers.
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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