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It's Time to Get Outdoors!
June is Great Outdoors Month throughout our country. With longer days and warm weather, it's a great time to explore Texas State Parks! Go swimming or fishing, spelunking (caving), camping, exploring - you name it and you can do it in a state park. So get out there! (Life's better outside, you know.)
Park Pick: Kickapoo Cavern State Park
Kickapoo Cavern offers wonder above and below ground. Simply put, Kickapoo Cavern State Park is a diamond in the rough.
The park is in the southwestern Edwards Plateau on what was formerly a working ranch. It looks and feels like the Texas Hill Country, with a little bit of Chihuahuan Desert and South Texas Plains thrown in for good measure.
"My favorite thing about Kickapoo Cavern State Park is its diversity," park Superintendent Alan Crowe says. "It's at the junction of three ecoregions, so the plant and animal life is extremely diverse and includes rare and endangered species."
Hike Pick: Franklin Mountains State Park
Are you ready for a challenge? Well, here it is: the eight-mile North Franklin Peak Trail at Franklin Mountains State Park. With a more than 2,000-foot elevation gain, your heart will be pumping on this amazing trek!
You begin on a gradual incline over scree and rubble; as you hike, listen for mule deer dislodging rocks. Next, you transition to a steady climb over loose rubble along an old jeep road to Mundy's Gap. From this point, the trail meanders up and across the ridgeline to the highest peak in the park, North Franklin Peak. Here your hard work pays off, with a 360-degree view of Mexico, El Paso and New Mexico.
You will return along the same route; listen for canyon wrens singing as you descend. At the trailhead, give yourself a pat on the back, drink some cold water and enjoy your accomplishment!
Outdoor Activity of the Month
Off a pier, on the shore or in the water - what's your favorite place to fish? Try it without a license in more than 70 state parks!
Buy your license and help keep fishing healthy.
Fish near you at Neighborhood Fishin' ponds. Kids under 17 fish free!
Learn to fish at special events and workshops.
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