Calendar of Events

100-Year Celebration

Join us to celebrate 100 years of Texas State Parks!

December 2022

Dec 31
10:00p
End Date

Black Light Hike & Scavenger Hunt at Midnight!

Fort Parker State Park
Take a New Year’s hike at midnight with a Fort Parker State Park Ranger! Visit the 1/2-mile Bur Oak Trail and see what you might with an awesome black light! Continue the New Year's fun with a "Riddle-Me-This" scavenger hunt by moonlight. Can you answer the riddles to ring in the New Year?
Dec 31
10:30p
End Date

Bringing in the New From the Old Baldy

Garner State Park
Join us for a New Year's Eve Hike to welcome in the New Year. Treats will be provided!
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
11:15p
End Date

Guided Midnight Hike w/ Hot Cocoa & S'mores

San Angelo State Park
Ring in the New Year outside with a guided hike through portions of Roadrunner and Strawberry trails. We will be able to observe nocturnal wildlife and have s'mores and hot cocoa to stay warm.
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.
Dec 31
11:30p
End Date

First Day Hike - Midnight

Palo Duro Canyon State Park
Ring in the New Year right with a First Day Hike on the Kiowa Trail!

January 2023

Jan 1 End Date

First Day Honey Creek Nature Hikes

Honey Creek State Natural Area
Experience the natural and cultural history of Honey Creek on our First Day Hikes!
Jan 1 End Date

First Day Hike

Cedar Hill State Park
Join us for a hike on the first day of the new year in 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 Hike

Kickapoo Cavern State Park
Enjoy a self-guided hike to kick off the New Year!
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

Self-Guided First Day Nature Hikes

Guadalupe River State Park
Experience the great outdoors and join us for a self-guided First Day Hike!
Jan 1 End Date

First Day Hike – Self-Guided

Palo Duro Canyon State Park
Ring in the New Year right with a First Day Hike! Take a photo of yourself or a feature on our trails on Jan. 1 and get a First Day Hike sticker!
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 End Date

First Day Hike, Bike, Run, Paddle

Inks Lake State Park
Join us by starting the New Year with multiple activities within the park.
Jan 1 End Date

First Day Self-Guided Hike, Bike, Canoe, or Kayak Adventure

Martin Dies, Jr. State Park
Start the new year off with a self-guided tour on one (or more) of our hiking, biking, canoeing, or kayaking trails.
Jan 1
7:00a
End Date

First Day Sunrise Hike

Lockhart State Park
Start your New Year off right with an early morning hike at Lockhart State Park!
Jan 1
7:00a
End Date

First Day Hike - Sunrise Beach Walk

Galveston Island State Park
Begin 2023 with a sunrise walk on the beach at Galveston Island State Park!
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

Fort Boggy State Park
We are starting off the new year and the Texas State Park 100 year celebration with a hike.
Jan 1
8:00a
End Date

First Day Self-Guided Hike – Roadrunner Trail

San Angelo State Park
Hike Roadrunner Trail for a self-guided First Day Hike! The total trail is 3 miles long. However, you can adjust it to your needs. Be sure to stop back by the gatehouse after your hike to report your miles and receive your First Day Hike sticker.
Jan 1
8:00a
End Date

Self-Guided First Day Hike

Lockhart State Park
Feel like a hike, but at your own pace? We got you covered.
Jan 1
8:00a
End Date

First Day Hike - Introduction to Birdwatching

Lake Casa Blanca International State Park
Join in a long-standing tradition happening throughout the nation and take a hike on New Year's Day!
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

First Day Hike - Self Guided

Eisenhower State Park
Hike off the holidays and start the new year with a little adventure!
Jan 1
8:00a
End Date

First Day Celebration

Huntsville State Park
Celebrate the First Day of the year on the trails at Huntsville State Park.
Jan 1
8:00a
End Date

First Day Hike: 100 Years in the Making

Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Johnson Branch Unit
Join us on our First Day Hike and help celebrate 100 years of Texas State Parks
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

New Year's Day Shore Explore

Mustang Island State Park
Start the New Year with a breath of fresh ocean air
Jan 1
8:00a
End Date

First Day Hike: Self - Guided

Palmetto State Park
Start the year off right, with some peace of mind at your own pace.
Jan 1
8:00a
End Date

First Day Hike! - Self Guided

Lake Casa Blanca International State Park
Join in a long-standing tradition happening throughout the nation and take a hike on New Year's Day.
Jan 1
8:15a
End Date

First Day Hike - Self-Guided

Hill Country State Natural Area
Start the new year with a hike through the hill country.
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

First Day Hike!

Buescher State Park
Start 2023 off on the right foot by strapping on your hiking boots and going on a self guided First Day Hike in Buescher State Park!
Jan 1
8:30a
End Date

Self-Guided First Day Activities

Village Creek State Park
Start the New Year off with a resolution to spend more time outside enjoying nature! Why not join us at the park and start a new First Day tradition? You can come alone, bring your family, ask a friend to join you, or even spend some quality time with your leashed pup. Choose one or more of these self-guided activities to begin.
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 Hike

Copper Breaks State Park
Join a park ranger for the first hike of the new year!
Jan 1
8:30a
End Date

First Day Hike!

Bastrop State Park
Start 2023 off on the right foot by strapping on your hiking boots and going on a self guided First Day Hike in Bastrop State Park!
Jan 1
8:30a
End Date

First Day Hike - West Peak & Bandera Creek

Hill Country State Natural Area
Start the new year with a guided hike through the hill country.
Jan 1
8:30a
End Date

First Day Hike - Start it Right!

Estero Llano Grande State Park
Join us on our annual First Day Hike, a fun way to fulfill those New Year resolutions!
Jan 1
8:30a
End Date

First Day Hike at Goose Island! (AM)

Goose Island State Park
Start your new year off on the right foot.
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 - Run/Jog

Village Creek State Park
Get your blood pumping on this 2.2-mile jog down the Village Creek Trail to the swimming area and back. Grab your running shoes and meet Ranger Tanya at the Information station at the back parking lot for this non-competitive run.
Jan 1
9:00a
End Date

First Day Hike

Palmetto State Park
Dust off those hiking boots, and lace them tight! We are stepping into the New Year with the best foot forward.
Jan 1
9:00a
End Date

First Day Hike - Birding with a Guide

Lake Whitney State Park
Join Master Naturalists for an easy 1 mile hike to discover birding tips and tricks. Start your New Year enjoying the views of Lake Whitney State Park.
Jan 1
9:00a
End Date

First Day Hike - Hike through History

Goliad State Park & Historic Site
Celebrate over 300 years of history as you take a walk through a timeline of Mission Espiritu Santo and Goliad State Park! (Self-guided option available all day)
Jan 1
9:00a
End Date

First Day Swim

Balmorhea State Park
Get a start celebrating Texas State Parks' 100th Year on New Year's Day with the first swim of 2023 in the world's largest spring-fed swimming pool!
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

Falcon State Park
Get ready to start the new year enjoying the natural beauty at Falcon State Park with our First Day Hike event. Everyone is welcome to come and join us as we venture on a hike to explore our beautiful trails and natural resources.
Jan 1
9:00a
End Date

First Day Hike

Resaca de la Palma State Park
Join us for a 3-mile hike around the tram loop!
Jan 1
9:00a
End Date

First Day Hike - Greenbelt Unit - 100 Year Celebration

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

First Day Hike - Chinquapin Trail

Huntsville State Park
Day one of a new year. Lace up your boots to kick it off on the right foot.
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!

Choke Canyon State Park - Calliham Unit
Want to kick off the new year on an outdoor adventure? We'll meet at 75 Acre Lake to view the birds and take a walk!
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

Lost Maples First Day Hike

Lost Maples State Natural Area
Start 2023 right with a First Day Hike at Lost Maples! Please note that this is a challenging hike over rough terrain that will take over three hours.
Jan 1
9:00a
End Date

First Day Hike

Lake Somerville State Park - Birch Creek Unit
Hike for your health at Birch Creek!
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
9:00a
End Date

First Day Hike 2023

Mother Neff State Park
Get a start celebrating Texas State Parks' 100th Year on New Year's Day by exploring the natural beauty of Mother Neff State Park.
Jan 1
9:00a
End Date

First Day Hike- Coastal Prairie Edition

Galveston Island State Park
Hike through Galveston Island State Park’s endangered coastal prairie at your own pace to ring in the New Year right.
Jan 1
9:00a
End Date

First Day Hike

Stephen F. Austin State Park
Start the New Year off on the right foot and join us on a guided First Day Hike through the Brazos River bottomland forests of Stephen F. Austin State Park. Experience for yourself the sights and sounds of the beautiful resources the park has to offer right near your own backyard!
Jan 1
9:00a
End Date

Self-Guided First Day Hike

McKinney Falls State Park
Start off the new year with a hike!
Jan 1
9:30a
End Date

First Day Guided Summit Hike

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Join a park ranger as we hike into the new year by hiking to the top of Enchanted Rock!
Jan 1
9:30a
End Date

First Day Hike!

Cleburne State Park
Have you made your New Year's resolution? Life is Better Outside! Start the year off with a breath of fresh air. Come join us for a ranger-led hike to the beautiful and historic CCC Spillway!
Jan 1
10:00a
End Date

T.R.Y.athlon! First Day Hikes

Tyler State Park
🎉 Put the "TRY" in your New Year's Resolution!
Jan 1
10:00a
End Date

First Day Guided Mountain Bike Ride

San Angelo State Park
Join the San Angelo Bicycle Association on a guided First Day Mountain Bike Ride at Burkett Trailhead. Open to anyone who wants to ride. We will regroup periodically to make sure no one is left behind or lost.
Jan 1
10:00a
End Date

First Day Hike and Bike!

Garner State Park
Come on out for beginner level, family-friendly guided hikes and bike rides.
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

Mile-High First Day Hike

Davis Mountains State Park
Start 2023 off on the right (or left) foot by joining us on our “Mile-High First Day Hike”.
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

2023 First Day Hikes

Hueco Tanks State Park & Historic Site
Start the year off with a hike!!
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! - Mesquite Bend Trail

Lake Casa Blanca International State Park
Join in a long-standing tradition happening throughout the nation and take a hike on New Year's Day.
Jan 1
10:00a
End Date

First Day History Hike

Lockhart State Park
Learn about the beginning of our Park as we hike on the beginning of a New Year!
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 10 am and will last a little over an hour.
Jan 1
10:00a
End Date

First Day Hike - Mundy's Gap

Franklin Mountains State Park
Let's start the New Year’s resolutions off on the right hiking foot! Join us to work up a sweat and burn some calories while taking in the splendors of the Franklin Mountains State Park. We will be hiking along a scenic trail up to Mundy's Gap - a moderate/difficult hike.
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

Lake Somerville State Park - Nails Creek Unit
Start the New Year off outdoors!!
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

Self-guided Bird Walk

Old Tunnel State Park
Pick up a bird checklist and hike the 1/2-mile nature trail looking for winter birds.
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

First Day - New Me in '23 Guided Hike

Village Creek State Park
Welcome to a new year, a new start, and a new, healthier you! Research has shown that people tend to stay with exercise plans that are fun, varied, and done with a buddy. Let’s get started! Bring a buddy and start your new fitness routine on one of our beautiful trails. Our trails are traffic free, different every day, and you can choose your pace and difficulty level.
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 Guided Horseback Trail Ride

San Angelo State Park
Join the Friends of San Angelo State Park on a guided trail ride starting at Chaparral 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
10:30a
End Date

First Day Scenic Overlook Hike

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Ring in the New Year with a hike to the Scenic Overlook (pet friendly).
Jan 1
11:00a
End Date

Caprock Canyons First Day Hike

Caprock Canyons State Park & Trailway
Hiking for mind, body, and spirit.
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
12:00p
End Date

First Day Hike - Hills & Creek Bottom

Hill Country State Natural Area
Start the new year with a guided hike through the hill country.
Jan 1
12:00p
End Date

First Day Kayaking *Registration Required*

Eisenhower State Park
Celebrate New Year's Day with a guided kayaking adventure!
Jan 1
1:00p
End Date

First Day Hike (Rescheduled)

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
1:00p
End Date

The Frigid Frio Floats & Freeze

Garner State Park
Our take on a Polar Plunge! Take a dip and float the Frio as we bring in the new year! Bring your tubes and courage as we enjoy a cold dessert with your frosted float!
Jan 1
1:00p
End Date

Late Risers First Day Hike

Abilene State Park
A First Day Hike for those who want to sleep in.
Jan 1
1:00p
End Date

First Day Hike!

Atlanta State Park
Start 2023 with a peaceful First-Day Hike and enjoy the natural beauty of Atlanta State Park’s Hickory Hollow Nature Trail.
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

Devils River State Natural Area
Join people all across the nation as we hike in the New Year and the beginning of the Texas State Park 100-year celebration with a guided First Day Hike at Devils River SNA-Del Norte.
Jan 1
1:00p
End Date

First Day Hike - Scavenger Hunt

Lake Whitney State Park
Join us at the Two Bridges Trail anytime between 1 and 3 pm. to start your scavenger hunt. Enjoy an easy one-mile trail as you search high and low for three hidden posters that celebrate the New Year!
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
1:00p
End Date

First Day - Paddle Trip

Village Creek State Park
Come celebrate the start of a new year with a paddle trip on New Year's Day! Join rangers Alex and Larissa for a guided paddle trip to explore the natural wonder of Village Creek and discover the unrivaled biodiversity that the park has to offer. All skill levels are welcome, bring your own craft or borrow one of ours while supplies last. *Registration is required*
Jan 1
1:30p
End Date

First Day Hike at Goose Island! (PM)

Goose Island State Park
Start your new year off on the right foot.
Jan 1
2:00p
End Date

First Day Hike

Daingerfield State Park
Recover from the holidays by joining us for a First Day Hike on New Year's Day!
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

First Day Hike - 2 @ 2

Huntsville State Park
Big New Year's resolutions sometimes need to start small. Take the first steps to a new year doing 2 miles at 2 pm.
Jan 1
2:00p
End Date

First Day Plant Hike

Lockhart State Park
Explore the stories of our local plants in this fun winter hike!
Jan 1
2:00p
End Date

First Day Hike! - Mesquite Bend Trail

Lake Casa Blanca International State Park
Join in a long-standing tradition happening throughout the nation and take a hike on New Year's Day.
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
2:00p
End Date

First Day Hike

Purtis Creek State Park
Join us for a hike to start a healthy New Year.
Jan 1
2:00p
End Date

Late Riser's Guided First Day Hike

McKinney Falls State Park
Start off the new year in nature!
Jan 1
2:00p
End Date

First Day Guided Bark Ranger Hike

San Angelo State Park
Come out for a guided hike through a portion of the Chaparral Trail and the Red Dam Loop Trail to start the year off outside! Dogs are encouraged and welcome to come along. All pets must always be on a leash no longer than 6 ft.
Jan 1
2:30p
End Date

First Day Plant Hike

Palmetto State Park
Explore the park to discover the plants of the winter season!
Jan 1
3:00p
End Date

First Day Hike - 3 @ 3

Huntsville State Park
Ok, party people. Now that you had your chance to sleep in, get your boots laced up for our New Years hike of 3 miles at 3 pm.
Jan 1
3:00p
End Date

First Day Hike - Bar-O & History

Hill Country State Natural Area
Start the new year with a guided hike through the hill country.
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 1
5:00p
End Date

First Day Hike – Sunset

Palo Duro Canyon State Park
Ring in the New Year right with a First Day Hike! Join our rangers for a brisk, evening hike on the CCC and Triassic Trails right as the sun sets over the rim of the canyon!
Jan 1
5:15p
End Date

First Day Hike - Merrick Mile Sunset

Hill Country State Natural Area
Start the new year with a guided hike through the hill country.
Jan 1
5:30p
End Date

First Day Sunset Hike

Lockhart State Park
Late risers rejoice! This First Day Hike is just for you.
Jan 7
9:00a
End Date

Trout Kids Derby - 100 Year Celebration

Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Johnson Branch Unit
🎉 Help us celebrate 100 years of fishing in Texas State Parks at our annual Trout Kids Derby!
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 11
10:00a
End Date

Career Fair - 100 Year Celebration

Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Isle Du Bois Unit
🎉 Have you ever thought about being a ranger or working for Texas Parks and Wildlife?
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
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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
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Hike to the Dinosaur Tracks

Government Canyon State Natural Area
🎉 At Government Canyon: It's All About Water!
Feb 18
10:00a
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Guided Hike to the Savannah Restoration Area

Government Canyon State Natural Area
🎉 At Government Canyon: It's All About Water
Feb 18
11:00a
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The History of Government Canyon

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

March 2023

Mar 2
12:00p
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45th Birthday Celebration

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
🎉 Celebrate Enchanted Rock State Natural Area's 45th birthday by spending an afternoon outdoors!
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 11
10:00a
End Date

100 Years of State Parks Celebration

Resaca de la Palma State Park
🎉 Celebrate 100 years of Texas State Parks at Resaca de la Palma State Park!
Mar 13 End Date

Spring Break Recreation at Huntsville State Park

Huntsville State Park
🎉 Spend Spring Break enjoying recreational activities available within Huntsville State Park
Mar 18
9:00a
End Date

Play Day at Lake Whitney State Park

Lake Whitney State Park
🎉 It's spring break and we want you to have a Play Day with us as we celebrate 100 years of Texas State Parks!
Mar 18
10:00a
End Date

Texas State Parks 100-Year Celebration at San Angelo SP

San Angelo State Park
🎉 Join us for a FREE day in the park to help celebrate the 100-year anniversary of Texas State Parks! There will be events and activities for all to enjoy.
Mar 18
7:00p
End Date

Texas State Parks Centennial Dark Skies Celebration

Devils River State Natural Area
🎉 Help us celebrate the Dark Skies of the Devils River State Natural Area in partnership with the Devils River Conservancy and partnering astronomical associations. The event will be held at the recently established Dark Sky Viewing Area.
Mar 18
7:00p
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🎉 Star Gazing Party

Lake Whitney State Park
Enjoy an evening in the park as you explore the galaxy by star maps and telescope. Celebrate parks with retired National Park ranger Larry Smith as he guides you through the planets, moon and stars with fascinating facts.
Mar 18
9:00p
End Date

Starry Skies of Balmorhea

Balmorhea State Park
🎉 Join us for an evening under the stars in the world's largest spring-fed swimming pool!
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

Pollinators and Parks!

Guadalupe River State Park
🎉 Celebrating 100 years of State Parks in Texas with an extra special version of our annual Monarch and Friends Pollinator Fiesta.
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 Fling - 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
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Palmetto State Park -100 Years, 100 Species

Palmetto State Park
🎉 Celebrate 100 years of Texas State Parks at Palmetto State Park by helping us identify 100 different species!
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 1
9:00a
End Date

Get Hooked on the Outdoors

Lake Somerville State Park - Nails Creek Unit
🎉 A new spring fishing event which incorporates multiple styles of fishing. Come learn to fly fish with our partners at Good Fly, experience creek fishing from a kayak, or take a child fishing for the first time in our stocked family fishing pond. All ages and experience levels welcome.
Apr 15
8:00a
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🎉 Greenfest on the Greenbelt

Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Isle Du Bois Unit
Come celebrate 100 Years of Texas State Parks at Greenfest 2023, presented by the Greenbelt Alliance of Denton County! There will be food, fun, & games for the entire family.
Apr 15
9:00a
End Date

Mustang Island State Park – Explore the Shore Event

Mustang Island State Park
🎉 Help Texas State Parks celebrate 100 years of providing outdoor camping, fishing, and hunting!
Apr 15
9:00a
End Date

Bait and Boats

Martin Creek Lake State Park
🎉 Join us for an introduction to water-based recreation.
Apr 15
10:00a
End Date

100 Years at South Llano River

South Llano River State Park
🎉 Texas State Parks is 100 years old!! Celebrate this milestone with us at South Llano River State Park.
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 15
10:00a
End Date

Texas State Parks 100-Year Celebration!!

Bonham State Park
🎉 Texas State Parks is 100 years old!! Celebrate this milestone with us at Bonham State Park.
Apr 15
10:00a
End Date

McKinney Falls Fest: 100-year Celebration

McKinney Falls State Park
🎉 Join us in celebrating 100 years of Texas State Parks and McKinney Falls State Park's 46th anniversary!
Apr 15
11:00a
End Date

Caddo Homecoming!

Caddo Lake State Park
🎉 Celebrate 100 years of Texas State Parks and 30 years of good conservation with the Caddo Lake Institute. Walk into yesteryear at Caddo Lake State Park and try your hand at canoeing, fishing, games and a sock hop! Decorate your campsite with a retro theme, enjoy live music, and grab a bite to eat.
Apr 22
10:00a
End Date

Family Adventure Fest

Falcon State Park
🎉 Join us for a one-day event full of wild activities for everyone to enjoy here at the park. This year's event will offer outdoor activities for all ages focusing on different skills such as archery, kayaking, fishing, outdoor cooking, camping, hiking and much more!
Apr 22
10:00a
End Date

16th Annual Folk Festival at Mission Tejas!

Mission Tejas State Park
🎉 Kick back and take a trip back in time!
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.
Apr 22
6:00p
End Date

Airstrip Astronomy

Big Bend Ranch State Park
🎉 Join us for an exciting night of stargazing, astrophotography and astronomy-based oral history at the Sauceda Airstrip!
Apr 22
8:30p
End Date

Celebration under the Stars

Pedernales Falls State Park
🎉 Come Celebrate 100 years of State Parks with a party under the stars!
Apr 29 End Date

Goose Island Extravaganza!

Goose Island State Park
🎉 Join us in the celebration of 100 years in Texas State Parks! Activities include fishing, archery, kayaking, a star party, demonstrations, food, and much, much more!

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
9:00a
End Date

100-Year Fun For All Celebration

Inks Lake State Park
🎉 Join us for a fun filled and all-inclusive day with a variety of programs modified for accessibility needs.
May 6
10:00a
End Date

Experience Caprock!

Caprock Canyons State Park & Trailway
🎉Join us to learn all about Caprock! From beginner hiker tours to fishing clinics and more, you're sure to learn about and enjoy a variety of recreational opportunities and educational experiences that make Caprock Canyons State Park unique!
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

Mile-High Mountains Fest

Davis Mountains State Park
🎉 Please join us for a special day of fun and celebration.
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

New Experiences, New Memories, A New You

Daingerfield State Park
🎉 Come celebrate the Texas State Parks 100-year anniversary at Daingerfield State Park! New to the outdoors or experienced this event is for you! We will be showcasing the various activities to experience the world outdoors at each person's comfort level.
May 13
10:00a
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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.
May 20
9:00a
End Date

Blanco State Park Celebration

Blanco State Park
🎉 Join us for an array of interactive activities and information stations set up throughout the park.
May 20
9:00a
End Date

Lure'ing You in to Eisenhower State Park

Eisenhower State Park
🎉 Take a deep dive into fishing at our Everything Fish Expo!
May 27 End Date

Copper Breaks Day

Copper Breaks State Park
🎉 Come celebrate 100 years of Texas State Parks at Copper Breaks!
May 27
8:30a
End Date

Rowing into a Century

Possum Kingdom State Park
🎉Join us in celebrating 100 years of Texas State Parks!

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!
Jun 3
8:00a
End Date

Lockhart State Park Showcase

Lockhart State Park
🎉 Come see all Lockhart State Park has to offer and more at the Lockhart State Park Showcase!
Jun 10
10:00a
End Date

Lakeside Legacy Celebration

Fort Parker State Park
🎉 Celebrate! Texas State Parks is turning 100 this year and Fort Parker State Park is throwing a community-wide birthday bash! Join in the fun!
Jun 10
10:00a
End Date

100-year Celebration Outdoor Community Day!

Cleburne State Park
🎉 Texas State Parks are turning 100! Join us for our 100-year celebration of Texas State Parks!

July 2023

Jul 15
9:00a
End Date

100-Year Boat-A-Thon

Inks Lake State Park
🎉 Bring your non-motorized watercraft (canoes, kayaks, paddleboards), or borrow one of ours, for a celebration at the lake.

September 2023

Sep 15
5:00p
End Date

Prairie Palooza: Palo Duro Canyon – Back to the Future

Palo Duro Canyon State Park
🎉 Celebrate Texas State Parks’ 100-year anniversary at Palo Duro Canyon State Park! This three-day event will chronical 100 years of our past and showcase 100 years of partnerships for the future!
Sep 17
10:00a
End Date

Seed Stomp

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

Bentsen Outdoor Skills Showcase

Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park
🎉 An exciting day for fun, games, and getting to know the outdoors!
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.
Sep 30
10:00a
End Date

Texas State Parks 100-Year Celebration!!

Bonham State Park
🎉 Texas State Parks is 100 years old!! Celebrate this milestone with us at Bonham State Park.

October 2023

Oct 7
9:00a
End Date

A Natural Halloween

Cooper Lake State Park - South Sulphur Unit
🎉 Join us for A Natural Halloween! We will host morning and evening activities.
Oct 14 End Date

Welcome to the Dark Side of State Parks

Kickapoo Cavern State Park
🎉 Cavern tour, eclipse viewing, bat flight, and stargazing- experience darkness like you never have before at Kickapoo Cavern State Park! Watch the eclipse from the bat deck, maybe we will get to see some confused bats exiting midday!
Oct 21
10:00a
End Date

Harvest Heritage Festival 2023

Cedar Hill State Park
🎉 Come join us for our annual Harvest Heritage Festival here at Cedar Hill State Park!
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 21
10:00a
End Date

Hueco Tanks 29th Annual Community Fair

Hueco Tanks State Park & Historic Site
🎉 It's time for our Annual Community Fair! Come on out for a fun weekend full of tours, presentations, demonstrations, rock climbing and much more!
Oct 21
11:00a
End Date

Celebrating Wildlife Rehabilitation

Purtis Creek State Park
🎉 We will have rehabilitators from all over north-east Texas educating us about what they do and showcasing some of the animals currently in their care.
Oct 22
10:00a
End Date

Hueco Tanks 29th Annual Community Fair

Hueco Tanks State Park & Historic Site
🎉 It's time for our Annual Community Fair! Come on out for a fun weekend full of tours, presentations, demonstrations, rock climbing and much more!
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.

November 2023

Nov 4
10:00a
End Date

Fall Fest 2023

Mother Neff State Park
🎉 Mother Neff State Park is one of the first Texas State Parks where people have been coming for thousands of years. It’s now your turn to come explore and make memories of your own or return to make new memories. A fun fall celebration will take place featuring nature hikes, storybook trails, children's activities, demonstrations, and much more.
Nov 11 End Date

Explore the Outdoors Day at Franklin Mountains State Park

Franklin Mountains State Park
🎉 Ever wonder "what is there to do in El Paso?" Wonder no more; explore more!
Nov 11
10:00a
End Date

Big Country Frontier Day

Abilene State Park
🎉 Join us to celebrate the Texas State Parks Centennial by immersing yourself in the wild history of the Texas frontier for a day.
Nov 18
11:00a
End Date

100-Year Celebration Dutch Oven Cook-Off

Lake Tawakoni State Park
🎉 Celebrate 100 years of Texas State Parks with us and put your campfire culinary skills to the test!

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.