Texas State Parks and Historic Sites

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Colorado Bend State Park Cave People

Cave People Who knows what darkness lurks deep in the heart of Texas? Cavers know! There are thousands of known caves in Texas and more yet to be discovered. Join some modern day cave explorers as they duck, climb, crawl, and squeeze their way through the dark and mysterious world that exists beneath our feet.

Fort Parker State Park - Texas Parks & Wildlife [Official]

Fort Parker State Park Located along the Navasota River where the grasses of the Blackland Prairie meet the woodlands of the Post Oak Savannah, Fort Parker State Park offers a tranquil setting for camping, hiking, biking and fishing. There is a lot of history here, too. Located on what was once the town of Springfield, the park was built by the men of the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930’s. Find out more at

Monahans Sandhills State Park - Texas Parks & Wildlife [Official]

Monahans Sandhills State Park Where can you surf without water? On a sea of sand near Odessa. Sliding down dunes is just some of the fun in the sun at the unique landscape of Monahans Sandhills State Park. Find out more about Monahans at:

State Parks Sign Maker - Texas Parks & Wildlife [Official]

Signs of the Times At state parks, iconic brown and yellow signs have told you where to go for years.  And for decades they have all been made in the same shop at Bastrop State Park.  The process is not as hands-on as it once was, but the Bastrop sign shop is still humming. Meet Willie Steinhauser, the state park sign maker.

The Devils River Advocates - Texas Parks & Wildlife [Official]

The Devils Advocates From landowners, to conservationists, and other folks in between, there is a love affair with the Devils River. This remote river valley is about as wild as you can get in Texas. But there are threats to this natural place, and that’s got those passionate admirers a bit worried.

Huntsville State Park - Texas Parks & Wildlife [Official]

Huntsville State Park Huntsville State Park opens a door to 2000 acres of outdoor adventure. You can camp, mountain bike, and of course fish the day away on Lake Raven. Your East Texas Pineywoods adventure awaits.

Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site - Texas Parks & Wildlife [Official]

Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site Near the spot where Texas declared independence from Mexico, and back when getting places was bumpier and sleeping was lumpier, a stagecoach stop on an old Spanish road evolved into a popular place for weary travelers to rest. Today it is known as Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site. Open for public tours on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Reservations are required for group tours and school events. Contact the park for more details.

South Llano River State Park - Texas Parks & Wildlife [Official]

South Llano River State Park This Texas hill country park, near the town of Junction, has the cure for what ails you. Tubing for the summer sizzle, biking for the weekend warrior, birding for the quiet escape, and some serious fly-fishing for those that crave a tug on the line. Find our more about South Llano River State Park at

Fort Richardson State Park & Historic Site - Texas Parks & Wildlife [Official]

Fort Richardson State Park: History is the highlight at Fort Richardson, where buildings of this North Texas frontier fort continue to loom large. But even if today’s travelers aren’t settling the West, many still come to pitch tents and blaze trails.

We Will Not Be Tamed: A Natural Connection - Texas Parks & Wildlife [Official]

A Natural Connection Meet Adrian Sabom and Xochitl Rodriguez. From the brush country of South Texas to the mountains of West Texas, these two women have outdoor pursuits as different as the landscapes. Both are mothers, one is a hunter, the other a hiker. When they meet and share their interests, they develop a friendship and a deeper appreciation of the outdoors. Find out more at:

Your Adventure Begins Here

Looking for inspiration? Here's where Texas State Parks can take you. Find your next adventure at Produced by Ultralite Films Parks featured (in order): 0:01 - Monahans Sandhills State Park 0:08 - Monahans Sandhills State Park 0:12 - Monahans Sandhills State Park 0:16 - Monahans Sandhills State Park 0:19 - Monahans Sandhills State Park 0:22 - Pedernales Falls State Park 0:27 - Pedernales Falls State Park 0:29 - Pedernales Falls State Park 0:31 - Pedernales Falls State Park 0:34 - Pedernales Falls State Park 0:40 - Pedernales Falls State Park 0:42 - Pedernales Falls State Park 0:44 - Pedernales Falls State Park 0:46 - Guadalupe River State Park 0:48 - Davis Mountains State Park 0:52 - Enchanted Rock State Natural Area 0:56 - Caprock Canyons State Park and Trailway 1:00 - Big Bend Ranch State Park 1:02 - Big Bend Ranch State Park 1:04 - Enchanted Rock State Natural Area 1:06 - Enchanted Rock State Natural Area 1:08 - Caprock Canyons State Park and Trailway 1:11 - Monahans Sandhills State Park 1:12 - Davis Mountains State Park 1:14 - Monahans Sandhills State Park 1:16 - Caprock Canyons State Park and Trailway 1:17 - Big Bend Ranch State Park 1:18 - Enchanted Rock State Natural Area 1:19 - Big Bend Ranch State Park 1:20 - Matagorda Island State Natural Area 1:21 - Big Bend Ranch State Park 1:22 - Guadalupe River State Park 1:23 - Matagorda Island State Natural Area 1:24 - Cedar Hill State Park 1:25 - Cedar Hill State Park 1:26 - Colorado Bend State Park 1:27 - Colorado Bend State Park 1:28 - Big Bend Ranch State Park 1:32 - Colorado Bend State Park 1:36 - Caprock Canyons State Park and Trailway 1:40 - Enchanted Rock State Natural Area 1:44 - Colorado Bend State Park 1:48 - Caprock Canyons State Park and Trailway 1:52 - Enchanted Rock State Natural Area 1:55 - Enchanted Rock State Natural Area 1:56 - Balmorhea State Park 1:59 - Balmorhea State Park 2:02 - Balmorhea State Park 2:05 - Enchanted Rock State Natural Area 2:07 - Big Bend Ranch State Park 2:08 - Big Bend Ranch State Park 2:10 - Big Bend Ranch State Park 2:11 - Cleburne State Park 2:14 - Colorado Bend State Park 2:15 - Cedar Hill State Park 2:16 - Cedar Hill State Park 2:17 - Cleburne State Park 2:18 - Caddo Lake State Park 2:21 - Caddo Lake State Park 2:23 - Caddo Lake State Park 2:24 - Cleburne State Park 2:25 - Cleburne State Park 2:26 - Cleburne State Park 2:31 - Enchanted Rock State Natural Area 2:36 - Colorado Bend State Park

How to Plan Your Park Getaway - Download the Free Mobile App

Download the free mobile guide to 95 Texas State Parks. Find a park near you, download trail maps and see photos and videos of each park. Available for iOS and Android from

The Official Texas State Parks Mobile App

Download the FREE Texas State Parks app for iOs and Android at

Abilene State Park, Texas [Official]

The big oak and pecan trees at Abilene State Park offer plenty of shade for visitors seeking a peaceful getaway. The park's historic swimming pool, built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, has entertained generations of kids. And for a completely different experience, spend the night in one of the park's yurts. These round, tent-like structures are based on nomadic Mongolian dwellings dating back thousands of years -- only the park's yurts come with electricity. For more information, visit

Atlanta State Park - Texas Parks & Wildlife [Official]

Atlanta State Park The Caddo Indians were attracted to this site because of its proximity to water. That’s true today for visitors to Atlanta State Park. Located on the shores of Wright Patman Lake, this popular camping spot is known for its rolling hills and towering trees. It’s a great place to catch some cats; catfish that is. Find out more about Atlanta State Park at

Balmorhea State Park, Texas [Official]

The crystal clear springs of Balmorhea State Park are an oasis in the west Texas desert. Located in the foothills of the Davis Mountains, Balmorhea offers visitors the unique opportunity to swim and snorkle in a natural spring-fed pool. The 1930s-era Spanish-style motel and bathhouse lend the park an old fashioned charm. For more information, visit

San Solomon Springs (Balmorhea) | Postcard

Postcard From Texas: Stick your head underwater to see some of the endangered desert spring fish at Balmorhea State Park. Shot with a GoPro.

Barton Warnock Center, Gateway to the Desert - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]

Gateway to the Desert Witness the creation of the Barton Warnock Environmental Education Center near Terilingua. We'll follow the creative process from beginning to end. It takes a lot more work than you'd ever imagine. Meet the minds behind this captivating exhibit space. Watch the Texas Parks & Wildlife PBS television show

Bastrop State Park, Texas [Official]

Bastrop State Park, about 30 minutes southeast of Austin, is located in the famous "Lost Pines" area of central Texas. The park offers plenty of shaded hiking trails, a golf course and a paved cycling road that adjoins nearby Buescher State Park. The area is also home to the largest population of the federally endangered Houston Toad. For more information, visit

Bastrop State Park Pool | Postcard From Texas

Postcard From Texas Bastrop State Park has a pool. Jump in.

Bastrop State Park Wildfires 2011 - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]

Firefighters work to save Bastrop State Park in the "Lost Pines" area of central Texas near Austin and home to the endangered Houston Toad. More information at

Bastrop Fire Means More Toad Troubles- Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]

The smoke may be gone but the Bastrop fires of Labor Day weekend are still a smoldering concern for biologists. They're keeping tabs on the Houston Toad. And with only an estimated 2,000 left in Texas, this endangered species is facing its next challenge as the drought continues. More on Houston toads at

Bastrop State Park Rains, Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]

Bastrop State Park Rains. An update on the conditions at the park after heavy rains and flooding on January 26, 2012. Lots of erosion and work to be done. AmeriCorps workers cleaning out clogged culverts, building wind rows, and doing some great work. Yes, you can still got camping and hiking in some areas of the park. It's a good idea to call the park (512-321-2101) or check the website ( before you visit.

Bastrop State Park Holiday in the Pines - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]

[cc] The Friends of Bastrop State Park will be celebrating their annual Holiday in the Pines event on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009 from 1-6. For more information, visit

TX Conservation Corps Takes Bastrop Back to its Roots - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]

After a wildfire in 2011, a crew from American YouthWorks helps restore a devastated Bastrop State Park, mirroring the work of the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s. For info about Bastrop State Park, visit: Or to learn more about the Texas Conservation Corps: