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Camping Bastrop State Park

Texas State Parks now has a new reservation system!

You can choose a specific site, reserve a “Save the Day” pass, buy and renew a state park pass, and buy a gift card – all online.

Try out our new reservation system now!

Learn more on our reservation information page.

Hike Pick: Martin Creek Lake State Park

Old Henderson Road Loop Trail

Old Henderson Road Loop Trail at Martin Creek Lake State Park

Striking out on a trail connects us to nature. Some trails connect us with our heritage. The Old Henderson Road Loop Trail at Martin Creek Lake State Park does both.

The trail provides a moderate 1.2-mile hike through pine trees and hardwoods. Sometimes in the spring, you'll see more woodpeckers than you can count.

As you meander along the trail, you'll cross a bridge with an informational sign. You pause to read. When you look up, you step right into the past: You are standing on a roadbed travelled for nearly two centuries.

TPW Magazine: Park News

Three Tips for Spring Breaking at a Texas State Park

Camping in Ink Lake

Texas state parks let families get outside and enjoy the diverse landscapes of Texas. With places to swim, walk and play at many parks, there is something for every member of the family to enjoy. Here are a few tips to ramp up the fun during spring break.

Visit a new park

Instead of fighting the crowds at old favorites, why not visit a “new to you” state park like Mother Neff, Estero Llano Grande or Cleburne?

Take part in a park program

Park staff hosts many guided activities, including bird walks, kayaking tours, archery 101 classes, arts and crafts, yoga in the park, stargazing and cooking demos, to name just a few. Find an event near you.

Plan a mini-adventure

At Longhorn Cavern State Park, visitors can learn about the history and geology of the cave. Families heading to the Rio Grande Valley can visit the newly-restored Port Isabel Lighthouse State Historic Site for a unique view of the bay.

Activities and Programs

Go Wild


Enjoy wildflowers, wildlife and wild fun at your Texas State Parks!

Dig into springtime fun!

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