Texas State Park News
- Oct 15, 2021
McKinney Falls State Park Reopens Smith Visitors Center
- Oct 5, 2021
Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic Site Hosts 27th Annual Interpretive Fair Oct. 16, 17
- Oct 4, 2021
New Nature Center Opens at Ray Roberts Lake State Park Oct. 9
Birds, Birders, Birding
Texas State Parks are excellent places to catch glimpses of wildlife on the wing. Most parks have checklists of more common bird visitors. And many have bird blinds where you can set up your camera or sit for a while with binoculars.
Some great parks for birding include the valley parks (Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley, Resaca de la Palma, Estero Llano Grande), coastal parks ( Sea Rim, Goose Island), East Texas parks ( Atlanta, Lake Livingston)…well, all of our parks are great for birding!
Planning Your Visit
State parks are very busy at this time of year, especially on weekends and holidays. Guarantee entry by making day pass and overnight reservations online or by calling (512) 389-8900.
Hike Pick: CCC Bathtub Trail
Trek into a majestic forest of history and mystery at Mission Tejas State Park.
Head north along the Fire Tower Trail, then turn right on Big Pine Trail, left to the Steep Step Trail, right on Olen Matchett Trail and right onto the CCC Bathtub Trail. Loop around the CCC Bathtub Trail to return as you came.
This short but challenging hike of less than a mile will take you uphill through a cathedral of green. You'll pass a mysterious rock feature once thought to have been bathtubs for the men of the Civilian Conservation Corps. When you see it, perhaps you can discover its true use!
Sometimes, that first cool breeze of fall sets off the “got to go camping now” bells, but how can you quickly find an open reservation? We've made it easier!
Find available tent/RV sites and lodging on the new Camping This Weekend tab on our reservations website!
You can also now make same-day overnight camping reservations online or by calling the customer service center (before 4 p.m.).
Thanks to Toyota for providing support for the mobile version of the Texas State Parks website.