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The biggest state park in Texas just got even bigger. Big Bend Ranch State Park recently added 7000 acres, expanding public access to one of the last wild places in Texas. For more information about Big Bend Ranch State Park, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
Writer Joe Nick Patoski and photographer Laurence Parent describe the special appeal of Big Bend Ranch State Park. Check out their story in the Aug. 2010 TP&W magazine http://www.tpwmagazine.com/archive/2010/aug/ed_1/index.phtml
Come to the FREE Big Bend Ranch Fiesta Nov. 14, 2009. For details, visit http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/big_bend_ranch/
Big Spring State Park sits on a bluff at the edge of the Edwards Plateau, offering excellent opportunities for hiking and sunsets http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/big_spring/
Blanco State Park sits along the Blanco river about an hour from San Antonio and Austin. The clear hill country river makes a great spot for swimming, paddling, fishing and even a baptism, as seen in this video. The park offers boat and tube rentals, hiking, camping, picnicking and interpretive nature events. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
Postcard From Texas About an hour west of Austin is Blanco State Park. It's a great place to go swimming. It's also a great place to relax and observe nature.
[cc] North of Dallas near the Oklahoma border, Bonham State Park is a small park that packs a lot of nature. The relaxed setting makes it a perfect getaway from city life. Visitors enjoy fishing, paddling, camping, hiking and biking. For more information, visit http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/bonham/
Less than an hour from Houston, Brazos Bend State Park is famous for its alligators, but it offers so much more, including a Nature Center, observatory, and a wide variety of plants and animals. The park also has an all-accessible trail for visitors with physical disabilities. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
Get your helmet and ride! Head out with park ranger David Heinicke at Brazos Bend State Park near Houston. A park with miles and miles of trails with something for any rider, including alligators! More on biking in state parks at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/activities/outdoor_recreation/bike/ This story will run on Texas Parks and Wildlife Television the week of January 1st through the 8th on Texas PBS stations, check your local PBS affiliate for date and time in your area.
Postcard From Texas Early in the morning is a great time to watch the wildlife at Brazos Bend State Park.
Buescher State Park is about 40 minutes southeast of Austin in the "lost pines" area of Bastrop county. The family-friendly 30 acre lake is a great spot for fishing and wildlife viewing. The park also offers canoe and kayak rentals. Cyclists enjoy the 12 mile scenic bike ride (paved) that winds through the pines to nearby Bastrop State Park. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
[cc] The Buffalo Soldiers helped settle the west but for many years the contributions of these African-American soldiers were largely overlooked. Meet one man who is determined to teach this often forgotten chapter of history to today's eager students. For more info. on Texas Buffalo Soldiers, see http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/learning/community_outreach_programs/buffalo_soldiers/calendar.phtml
You'll feel you're back in prehistoric times among the cypress bayous of Caddo Lake State Park. Located near the Louisiana border on Texas' only natural lake, the park is rich in history and scenic beauty. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
Caddo Lake Paddling Trail Straddling the Texas-Louisiana border, swampy Caddo Lake in Northeast Texas has an enduring air of mystery. And the paddling trails are the ideal way to explore this fascinating lake.
Postcard From Texas Relax on a rainy day at Caddo Lake. http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/
Caprock Canyons State Park and Trailway is located southeast of Amarillo, where the high plains end in the dramatic red bluffs and canyons of the Caprock escarpment. The park is home to the official Texas bison herd, direct descendants of the last free range southern plains bison. The 64-mile converted railway offers an excellent trail for hiking, biking and horseback riding. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
Get up close and personal with the official Texas State Bison Herd at Caprock Canyons State Park & Trailway, 100 miles southeast of Amarillo. http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/caprock_canyons/
Postcard From Texas Watch the moonset where bison roam, at Caprock Canyons State Park. http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/
Caprock Canyons State Park in the Texas Panhandle holds the last remnants of pure Southern Plains Bison that once numbered in the millions on this land. Watch as this historic herd is restored to its native habitat. For details on visiting the park, see http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/caprock-canyons
Cedar Hill State Park is nature oasis located just 30 minutes from the Dallas - Fort Worth metroplex. It makes an ideal destination for city dwellers who want to enjoy the great outdoors without spending a lot of time driving. The park sits along the Joe Pool reservoir, making it a great spot for fishing, swimming, picnicking and camping. There is also a marina for boating and supplies. The park's Penn Farm Agricultural Center features historic farm buildings and guided and self-guided tours. The Dallas Off Road Bicycle Association (DORBA) maintains 1200 acres of prime mountain bike trails. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
Choke Canyon State Park sits along a 26,000 acre reservoir halfway between San Antonio and Corpus Christi. The site of several record bass catches, the reservoir is a popular fishing, boating and swimming area. The park has abundant wildlife including deer, turkey, alligators and migrating birds. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
[cc] Throughout December state parks all over Texas are celebrating Christmas in special ways. See how 2 state parks near Houston -- Sheldon Lake and Brazos Bend -- bring their own unique flavors to the holidays. To find holiday events at a state park near you, visit http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/newsmedia/calendar/?calpage=navregion.
Located south of Fort Worth, Cleburne State Park sits along the banks of a 116-acre spring-fed lake. The park's many trails offer excellent hiking and mountain biking. For more info., see http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/cleburne/
About 2 hrs. north of Austin, Colorado Bend State Park is known for the spectacular Gorman Falls and the white bass run each spring. It's also a great place for hiking, biking, swimming, paddling and camping. More info. at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/colorado_bend/
Load up the bikes as we try out some of the newest mountain bike trails at Colorado Bend State Park. Park info at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/colorado_bend/
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