Texas State Parks and Historic Sites

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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:

Battleship TEXAS State Historic Site [Official]

The Battleship TEXAS is permanently anchored outside of Houston at the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site. Active during WWI and WWII, the TEXAS became the first battleship memorial museum in the U.S. Open for tours. For more information, visit

Battleship TEXAS, D-Day +50 - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]

D-Day marked the turning point in World War II. It was also a turning point in the lives of those who were there. Visit with some of the veterans of the Battleship TEXAS as they get together to relive old memories, and rekindle old friendships.

Battleship TEXAS Christmas of Yesteryear - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]

[cc] The historic Battleship TEXAS is decked out for the holidays, much like it was by troops of yesteryear. Come aboard during December to step back in time and learn some ship lore. The ship is located at the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site near Houston. For more information, visit

Battleship TEXAS Engine Rooms

The engines of the Battleship TEXAS propelled this historic warship to North Africa, Normandy, Iwo Jima and Okinawa during WWII. They're the only surviving examples of reciprocating steam engines on a dreadnought battleship and the largest example of this engine type on a warship.

Battleship TEXAS Dry Berth Phase 1

In 2007, as part of Proposition 4, Texas voters approved a bond package that included $25 million to dry-berth the Battleship TEXAS as a major step toward long-term preservation of this historic vessel. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has signed a contract with AECOM USA Group, Inc. to design a permanent dry berth for the vessel before time and the elements scuttle the ship. Details at

Bentsen-Rio Grande World Birding Center, Texas [Official]

Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park is headquarters of the World Birding Center, a chain of nature areas in the premier birding area of south Texas. For more information, visit

Big Bend Ranch State Park, Texas [Official]

Big Bend Ranch State Park, the largest state park in Texas, encompasses over 300,000 acres of remote desert wilderness. Visitors have plenty of space for hiking, camping, mountain biking, horseback riding and paddling the Rio Grande. More at

Big Bend Plants - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]

The west Texas desert may look harsh but its unique plants are like nature's grocery store for the wildlife and humans who call the desert home. At first glance scrubby, thorny and spindly, Big Bend plants take on new beauty when you learn how to read them. Learn more about Big Bend Ranch State Park at

Mountain Biking Big Bend Ranch State Park - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]

Mountain Biking at Big Bend Ranch State Park is not for the faint of heart. The country is rugged and the trails can be challenging, but the opportunities are as boundless as the vistas.

A Writer, Photographer & Big Bend Ranch - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]

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

Big Bend Ranch Fiesta - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]

Come to the FREE Big Bend Ranch Fiesta Nov. 14, 2009. For details, visit

Big Bend Ranch State Park Acquires Fresno Canyon - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]

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

Big Spring State Park, Texas [Official]

Big Spring State Park sits on a bluff at the edge of the Edwards Plateau, offering excellent opportunities for hiking and sunsets

Blanco State Park, Texas [Official]

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

Postcard: Reflections on Blanco - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]

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.

Bonham State Park - Texas Parks & Wildlife [Official]

Bonham State Park Bonham State Park is small by Texas standards, but that’s what people like about it. It’s a great place to swim, hike, fish, and meet the neighbors. Find out more about Bonham State Park at

Brazos Bend State Park - Texas Parks & Wildlife [Official]

Brazos Bend State Park Known as a nature-lovers paradise, the diverse ecosystems of Brazos Bend State Park attracts equally diverse people from the nearby metropolis of Houston. Learn about some of the things visitors enjoy doing at this popular state park. Find out more about Brazos Bend right here

Brazos Bend State Park, Texas [Official]

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

Mountain Biking at Brazos Bend State Park - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]

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

Postcard: Gators & Birds at Brazos Bend - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]

Postcard From Texas Early in the morning is a great time to watch the wildlife at Brazos Bend State Park.

Buescher State Park, Texas [Official]

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