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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.

Estero Llano Grande State Park - Texas Parks & Wildlife [Official]


Estero Llano Grande State Park The geographic center of the World Birding Center network is Estero Llano Grande State Park. What was once farmland is now a 176-acre refuge for a spectacular array of South Texas wildlife. The mix of thorn forest and man-made wetlands make it a popular destination for birds and birders. Find out more about Estero Llano Grande State Park at https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/estero-llano-grande

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 https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/fort-parker

Lost Maples State Natural Area - Postcard From Texas


Postcard From Texas Enjoy some flowing water and fall leaves at Lost Maples State Natural Area. https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/lost-maples

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: https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/monahans-sandhills

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


Fort Boggy State Park Visit a park on the edge of East Texas where families find water, woods, and wildlife, along with primitive camping and some rather fancy new cabins. Find out more about Fort Boggy at: https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/fort-boggy

Lake Mineral Wells State Park - Postcard From Texas


Postcard From Texas Soak in the scenery around the lake, along the trails, and among the hills and hollows of Lake Mineral Wells State Park. Find out more about the park at: https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/lake-mineral-wells

Lockhart State Park -Texas Parks & Wildlife [Official]


Lockhart State Park Lockhart State Park was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps back in the 1930s. Along with numerous buildings, roads, and bridges, the men and women of the CCC also built a swimming pool that utilizes the spring water coming from a nearby creek. More recently, a nine-hole golf course was added. Find our more about Lockhart State Park at: https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/lockhart

San Angelo Volunteer, The Ballad of John Talley - Texas Parks & Wildlife [Official]


The Ballad of John Talley Meet a mechanic and mountain-biking musician who has been taming trails in San Angelo for decades and who considers the local state park a hidden treasure.

Plants of the Big Bend - Texas Parks & Wildlife [Official]


Plants of The Big Bend 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. Visit the Big Bend Ranch State Park web page at: https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/big-bend-ranch

Lake Brownwood State Park - Texas Parks & Wildlife [Official]


Lake Brownwood State Park Near the geographical center of Texas, this park offers an atmosphere of rustic beauty and tranquility with hiking, camping, boating and fishing opportunities. Many structures in use today were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the early 1930’s from timber and native rock found in the park. Find out more about the park at: https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/lake-brownwood

Caddo Lake State Park - Texas Parks & Wildlife [Official]


Caddo Lake State Park Straddling the Texas-Louisiana border, swampy Caddo Lake in Northeast Texas has an unusual history and an enduring air of mystery. And Caddo Lake State Park is the ideal gateway to exploring the fascinating lake. Learn more about Caddo Lake State Park at: https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/caddo-lake

Arts in the Parks - Texas Parks & Wildlife [Official]


Arts in the Parks The beauty of a natural place takes on fresh dimension and draws some different crowds when arts activities like sculpture, painting and photography, are paired with parks. Explore a calendar of Arts in Parks & other events: TexasStateParks.org/calendar

Painting in the Park - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]


Arts activities are just some of the family fun available at Texas State Parks. Explore a calendar of events at http://www.TexasStateParks.org/calendar

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.

Texas State Parks Evolving for Growing State


The Texas State Parks system is about to turn 100 years old. Since its inception, the population of Texas has exploded and is now concentrated in urban areas. To meet these challenges, park leadership has launched a Centennial Plan. It address everything from building partnerships to getting more people outside. Much of this plan will rely on dedicated funding passed by the 84th Texas Legislature that allows 94 percent of the state sales tax revenue from sporting goods to go toward state park improvements. To learn more, visit https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/improvement/

Architecture in State Parks, UT Gulf Coast DesignLab - Texas Parks & Wildlife [Official]


The Gulf Coast DesignLab Goes to Galveston Coastal state parks need durable, versatile structures, and design students need projects.  See what the Gulf Coast DesignLab at the University of Texas at Austin is building in parks along the coast.

Traveling Photographer, Capturing Life in a Teardrop - Texas Parks & Wildlife [Official]


Capturing Life in a Teardrop Meet Mandy Lea, a traveling photographer at home on the road. Mandy is chasing her dream to the most awe-inspiring places a teardrop camper can be towed. Follow Mandy's adventures at http://www.mandyleaphoto.com or plan your own at http://www.texasstateparks.org

Postcard From Texas: High Above Huntsville State Park


Postcard From Texas Enjoy a popular East Texas Piney Woods getaway, from above the trees. Find out more about Huntsville State Park at https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/huntsville

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: https://www.wewillnotbetamed.org/

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. https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/huntsville

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. https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/fanthorp-inn

Heat Hacks for Day Hikes


Heat-related rescues are on this rise this summer! Make sure you have the essentials before you hit the trail. What are some of your must-haves during a hike? Get heat safety tips for you and your pet at https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/park-information/heat-safety-info/

Old Tunnel State Park - Texas Parks & Wildlife [Official]


Old Tunnel State Park Abandoned by train traffic long ago, a century-old tunnel near Fredericksburg has become a seasonal home for millions of bats. Now this small state park provides a grand wildlife viewing opportunity on summer evenings. Find out more about Old Tunnel at https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/old-tunnel