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Holidays in the Parks

Holidays in the Parks

‘Tis the season for winter walks, festive lights, perfect presents and quality time with friends and family. Your state parks offer special events and unique gifts to help you celebrate.

 Holiday Events

 Holiday Gifts

Just a walk in the park

First Day Hikes

Start your new year with a walk in the park! Texas State Parks and parks across the nation will host First Day Hikes on Jan. 1.

We won't just be hosting hikes, however. You can also run with a ranger or take a mountain bike ride.

Life's better outside, especially on New Year's Day!

 See a list of First Day Hikes.

 Learn more and find a hike near you.

Park Pick: Fort Parker State Park

Sunset over the Lake

Fort Parker State Park

Just miles east of modern Waco lies a place where you can step back in time. The Civilian Conservation Corps built Fort Parker State Park on the site of an early Texas town. All that's left of the town now is its cemetery, in the park.

For today's visitors, the park offers trails, camping and water fun. Rent canoes and kayaks to explore the lake and upstream on the Navasota River. You can also borrow fishing gear. You don't need a license to fish in the park!

Learn more on Fort Parker State Park’s website.

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