Calendar of Events

100-Year Celebration

Join us to celebrate 100 years of Texas State Parks!

December 2022

Dec 31
11:00p
End Date

First Day Campfire and First Day Night Hike

Lake Livingston State Park
Join Ranger Joel around a campfire to celebrate New Year's. We might get a chance to see some local fireworks displays! We will take a short "First Day" night hike after the campfire.
Dec 31
11:00p
End Date

Midnight Countdown Hike

Dinosaur Valley State Park
Countdown the New Year with a hike to the Overlook!
Dec 31
11:30p
End Date

First Day Hike – Midnight Hike

Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway
Welcome in the New Year and make a lifetime memory, outdoors! At Lake Mineral Wells State Park.

January 2023

Jan 1 End Date

First Day Hike of 2023

Seminole Canyon State Park & Historic Site
Get a start celebrating Texas State Parks' 100th Year on New Year's Day with a nature-minded hike at Seminole Canyon State Park & Historic Site. Windmill Trail is open for day-use; you can participate in this self-guided hike at anytime.
Jan 1 End Date

First Day Hike - Self Guided

Lake Tawakoni State Park
Kick off the new year with a hike through the woods!
Jan 1 End Date

First Day Self-guided Hike, Bike and/or Ride!

Cooper Lake State Park - South Sulphur Unit
Join us on New Year's Day to celebrate wellness in nature!
Jan 1 End Date

First Day Self-guided Hike, and or Bike!

Cooper Lake State Park - Doctors Creek Unit
Join us on New Year's Day to celebrate wellness in nature!
Jan 1 End Date

First Day Hikes!

Pedernales Falls State Park
Take your first hike of the year in the beautiful hill country!
Jan 1
7:15a
End Date

Rise N' Shine Hike - First Day Hike

Lake Brownwood State Park
Start the New Year off right with a guided ranger hike to see the sunrise!
Jan 1
7:30a
End Date

First Day Birding Tour

Lake Corpus Christi State Park
Start your year list with Lake Corpus Christi State Park!
Jan 1
8:00a
End Date

First Day Hike

Brazos Bend State Park
Start the New Year off on the right foot and join in the annual First Day Hike at Brazos Bend State Park.
Jan 1
8:00a
End Date

Self-Guided First Day Hike - Move Like an Animal

Dinosaur Valley State Park
Start the New Year off on the right foot with our self-guided hike!
Jan 1
8:00a
End Date

Self-Guided First Day Hike - Dinosaur Track Site Hike

Dinosaur Valley State Park
Start the New Year off on the right foot with our self-guided hike!
Jan 1
8:00a
End Date

Self-Guided First Day Hike - Cedar Brake Outer Loop Hike

Dinosaur Valley State Park
Start the New Year off on the right foot with one of our Self-Guided Hikes!
Jan 1
8:00a
End Date

First Day Hike!

Cooper Lake State Park - Doctors Creek Unit
Join us on New Year's Day to celebrate wellness in nature!
Jan 1
8:00a
End Date

First Day Hike: Fresno Divide Trail

Big Bend Ranch State Park
Ring in the New Year with a ranger led hike. You will explore some of the most spectacular natural and historical landscapes in Big Bend Ranch State Park!
Jan 1
8:00a
End Date

First Day Hike - 100 Year Celebration

Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Johnson Branch Unit
Start the new year off right!
Jan 1
8:15a
End Date

First Day Hike

Blanco State Park
Join us for a short and easy guided hike.
Jan 1
8:30a
End Date

Self-Guided First Day Hike

Goose Island State Park
Ring in 2023 with a self-guided one-mile hike on the Turks Cap Trail. Swing by Headquarters for trail information and supplemental guides.
Jan 1
8:30a
End Date

First Day Shorebird Tour

Goose Island State Park
Start your new year off on the right *wing*.
Jan 1
9:00a
End Date

First Day Hike

Sea Rim State Park
Start your resolutions off right by joining us for a hike on the beach on the first day of the new year!
Jan 1
9:00a
End Date

First Day Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt Hikes

Lake Corpus Christi State Park
Spend the first day of 2023 exploring our trails at your own pace.
Jan 1
9:00a
End Date

First Day Hike - BARK Ranger

Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Isle Du Bois Unit
Looking to start the new year off with a hike and your furry best friend? Join us!
Jan 1
9:00a
End Date

First Day Hike: Dragonfly Trail

Lake Arrowhead State Park
Celebrate the New Year with a hike!
Jan 1
9:00a
End Date

First Day Hike - 2023

Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park
Ring in the NEW year on this OLD trail.
Jan 1
9:00a
End Date

Morning Ramble with a Ranger - First Day Hike

Lake Brownwood State Park
Start the New Year off with a guided ranger hike!
Jan 1
9:00a
End Date

Family-Friendly Morning Hike

Government Canyon State Natural Area
Happy New Year 2023!
Jan 1
10:00a
End Date

First Day Hike!

Cooper Lake State Park - South Sulphur Unit
Join us on New Year's Day to celebrate wellness in nature!
Jan 1
10:00a
End Date

First Day Hike: Catfish Point Trail

Lake Corpus Christi State Park
Enjoy the beginning of 2023 in the great outdoors!
Jan 1
10:00a
End Date

First Day Hike

Possum Kingdom State Park
Join park staff on a guided hike around the winding, scenic Lakeview Trail (1.37 miles). You can end the hike on the Lakeview Trail, take the rugged Longhorn Trail (0.36 miles) to the top of a stunning overlook, or take a self-guided hike up the steep Chaparral Ridge Trail (0.5 miles).
Jan 1
10:00a
End Date

First Day Hike: Fresno West Rim

Big Bend Ranch State Park
Start the new year off right with a hike to the iconic West Rim overlook in the park's interior.
Jan 1
10:00a
End Date

First Day Hike!

Caddo Lake State Park
Celebrate 100 years of Texas State Parks! Bring in the new year with a hike at Caddo Lake State Park. The hike is self-guided and at your own pace! Once you finish, stop by the trailhead to grab your First Day Hike sticker, while supplies last!
Jan 1
10:00a
End Date

First Day Hike 2023

Lake Bob Sandlin State Park
Start off the New Year with a hike in the park!
Jan 1
10:00a
End Date

First Day Hike - Fairfield Lake

Fairfield Lake State Park
Celebrate the new year and a fresh start with a hike on our two-mile Nature Trail loop! The Nature Trail is an easy to moderate 2-mile loop so you will end where you begin. This hike features tall post oaks, overlooks of Fairfield Lake, and interpretive signage about local plants and wildlife. Bring your binoculars and look for Bald Eagles! Hike starts promptly at 10am and will last approximately a little over an hour.
Jan 1
10:00a
End Date

First Day Track Talk

Dinosaur Valley State Park
Gather round and hear the 113-million-year-old story of our dinosaur tracks!
Jan 1
10:00a
End Date

First Day Horse Ride to the Overlook

Dinosaur Valley State Park
Join Eagle Eye Ranch for a guided horse ride to the Overlook!
Jan 1
10:00a
End Date

First Day Hike

Martin Creek Lake State Park
Start your year off on the right foot.
Jan 1
10:00a
End Date

First Day Hike! - Penitentiary Hollow Wild Walk

Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway
Start your New Year in the great outdoors! Reservations required. Explore beautiful sandstone formations in remote areas only accessible on this guided hike.
Jan 1
10:00a
End Date

First Day Hike

Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site
Join us for a walk back in time to life of early settlers in the Texas Hill Country!
Jan 1
10:00a
End Date

First Day Walkies

Government Canyon State Natural Area
It's a dog-gone New Year's Day hike!
Jan 1
10:00a
End Date

Family Friendly Stroll

Government Canyon State Natural Area
Welcome in the New Year with a pleasant stroll along the Discovery Trail
Jan 1
10:00a
End Date

First Day Hike - Mindfulness Hike

Lake Tawakoni State Park
Set your intentions for the new year on this half-mile hike!
Jan 1
10:30a
End Date

First Day Hike

South Llano River State Park
Start off the new year with a park ranger for a hike through the pecan bottom down to Buck Lake.
Jan 1
10:30a
End Date

First Day Hike

Colorado Bend State Park
It's Texas State Park's 100-Year Celebration! Start your New Year off with a fun-filled hike.
Jan 1
11:00a
End Date

First Day Overlook Hike

Dinosaur Valley State Park
Join us to celebrate the New Year with a guided hike to the best view in the park!
Jan 1
12:00p
End Date

First Day Hike: Catfish Point Trail

Lake Corpus Christi State Park
Enjoy the beginning of 2023 in the great outdoors!
Jan 1
1:00p
End Date

First Day Hike - 100 Year Celebration

Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Isle Du Bois Unit
Start the year off right with a hike and celebrate with us!
Jan 1
1:00p
End Date

First Day Hike: North Onion Creek Trail

Lake Arrowhead State Park
Celebrate the New Year with a hike!
Jan 1
1:00p
End Date

First Day Hike - Bonham

Bonham State Park
Join us to walk off all those holiday treats.
Jan 1
1:00p
End Date

First Day Hike - What a View!!

Government Canyon State Natural Area
...and we're not "bluffing!" (Well, technically there IS a bluff involved...)
Jan 1
2:00p
End Date

First Day Hike: Longhorn Trail

Lake Corpus Christi State Park
Enjoy the beginning of 2023 in the great outdoors!
Jan 1
2:00p
End Date

7th Annual Dino Dive

Dinosaur Valley State Park
Are you ready to jump into 2023 in the frigid Paluxy River? We are!
Jan 1
2:00p
End Date

First Day Hikes - Penitentiary Hollow Wild Walk

Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway
Start your New Year in the great outdoors! Explore beautiful sandstone formations in remote areas only accessible on this guided hike.
Jan 1
3:30p
End Date

First Day Track Talk

Dinosaur Valley State Park
Gather round and hear the 113-million-year-old story of our dinosaur tracks!
Jan 1
5:00p
End Date

First Day Hike - Sunset Hike

Lake Tawakoni State Park
Join us on a hike for the first sunset of 2023!
Jan 7
9:00a
End Date

Kid Fish Derby - 100 Year Celebration

Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Johnson Branch Unit
Help us celebrate 100 years of fishing in TX State Parks!
Jan 28
9:00a
End Date

Kid Fish 2023

Lake Corpus Christi State Park
🎉Join us for a day of fishing fun!
Jan 28
10:00a
End Date

33rd Annual Kid's Fishing Day

Lake Bob Sandlin State Park
Join us for the 33rd Annual Kid's Fishing Day!

February 2023

Feb 18
7:00a
End Date

Special Geocache Challenge: It's All About Water

Government Canyon State Natural Area
🎉Find the treasures hidden within the Natural Area that tell you: It's All About Water
Feb 18
9:00a
End Date

Experience a Day in the Life of a CCC Enrollee

Huntsville State Park
🎉 Take an interactive tour through the life of the Civilian Conservation Corps. Read about their formation, get hands-on with their tools and uniforms, visit the camp store to shop the benefits of being an enrollee. And hear from the men themselves, though their newsletter, as you stand in Ravens Lodge and look out at Lake Raven that they helped create.
Feb 18
9:00a
End Date

The Wonder of Texas' Native Plants

Government Canyon State Natural Area
🎉 At Government Canyon: It's All About Water!
Feb 18
9:00a
End Date

Our Past, Present & Future: 100 Million Years Ago to 100 Years From Now

Government Canyon State Natural Area
🎉 At Government Canyon: It's All About Water!
Feb 18
9:00a
End Date

Hike to the Dinosaur Tracks

Government Canyon State Natural Area
🎉 At Government Canyon: It's All About Water!
Feb 18
10:00a
End Date

Guided Hike to the Savannah Restoration Area

Government Canyon State Natural Area
🎉 At Government Canyon: It's All About Water
Feb 18
11:00a
End Date

The History of Government Canyon

Government Canyon State Natural Area
🎉 Guess what? It's All About Water!

March 2023

Mar 11
9:00a
End Date

Pioneer and Settler Day!

Lake Livingston State Park
🎉 Join us for a frontier-themed day at the park. We will feature different programs starting at 9 am that cover how people lived and worked in the pioneer era.
Mar 25
8:00a
End Date

Pedal, Paddle and Trek

Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway
Join us for guided hiking, kayaking, and bicycling in the park.
Mar 25
10:00a
End Date

Ranching Heritage Day

Hill Country State Natural Area
🎉 Celebrate ranching life with us by visiting with exhibitors, making crafts, playing games, and viewing demonstrations.
Mar 25
10:00a
End Date

Spring Fest - 100 Year Celebration

Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Johnson Branch Unit
Who is ready for some spring fun? We are!

April 2023

Apr 1
9:00a
End Date

Festival of the Fish

Cooper Lake State Park - Doctors Creek Unit
🎉 Here fishy, fishy, fish! We will have several come and go programs during this celebration of fish.
Apr 15
10:00a
End Date

🦋 Annual Spring Wing Ding 🦋

Dinosaur Valley State Park
🎉 Join us as we celebrate everything migratory and with wings!
Apr 22
10:00a
End Date

Village Creek Fun Day!

Village Creek State Park
🎉 Join us as we celebrate 100 years of Texas State Parks! Our fun day will feature activities for all ages including primitive skills practice, paddling tutorials, archery, yoga, fishing, guided hikes and so much more. Entry is FREE so come have some fun and immerse yourself in the full park experience.
Apr 22
5:00p
End Date

Camping with a Ranger

Village Creek State Park
🎉 New to camping? Don't want to camp alone? Village Creek is excited to host its first ever Camping with a Ranger event! Join us to learn how to set up your site, some primitive skills, and how to keep yourself entertained while you camp.

May 2023

May 5
8:00p
End Date

Full Moon Night Trek

Village Creek State Park
🎉 Are you curious to experience nature in the dark? What will we see? What will we hear? Join this ranger led hike for your chance to see the unseen, learn how nocturnal creatures communicate, and what effect the moon can have on natural cycles of plants and animals.
May 6
10:00a
End Date

Brazos Bend Expo- Celebrating 100 Years of Texas State Parks

Brazos Bend State Park
🎉 We are excited to announce our BRAZOS BEND EXPO is coming back on May 6!! Join us for this special event that brings the whole community together at Brazos Bend State Park, and celebrate 100 Years of State Parks!
May 13
9:00a
End Date

Lake Brownwood Bash

Lake Brownwood State Park
🎉 Join us for a day of fun, learning and celebration!
May 13
10:00a
End Date

A Day in the Life of a Cedar Chopper

Colorado Bend State Park
🎉Take a tour of what tent life might have been like for the hard-working Cedar Choppers. Take time to enjoy some good Dutch oven recipes.

June 2023

Jun 3 End Date

Fishing 101!

Lake Livingston State Park
🎉 Join park rangers for a day full of programs designed to teach you all of the skills you need to start fishing!

September 2023

Sep 17
10:00a
End Date

Seed Stomp

Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site
🎉 Plant wildflower seeds for future generations!
Sep 23
10:00a
End Date

Seminole Canyon History Fair

Seminole Canyon State Park & Historic Site
Join us on this fun day with activities for all ages.

October 2023

Oct 21
10:00a
End Date

Parks Through the Years

Atlanta State Park
🎉 Celebrate 100 years of Texas State Parks! It will be a blast from the past, and you're invited! Atlanta State Park will host a festival of events, booths, music, vintage vehicles, and food.
Oct 28
12:00p
End Date

Celebrate Bats, Trains & Astronomy!

Old Tunnel State Park
🎉 We will have booths with activities related to the bats, the railroad and dark skies/astronomy. The booths will shut down for the evening bat viewing. After the bat viewing, we will hold an astronomy program.

December 2023

Dec 17
5:30p
End Date

54th Annual Tree Lighting

Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site
🎉 Enjoy this special tradition started 54 years ago by President and Mrs. Johnson.