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Parks open.

  • All state parks that can be are currently open for day use and limited camping.
  • Day pass and camping reservations are highly recommended – make reservations online or by calling (512) 389-8900.
  • We are taking reservations for overnight stays up to five months in advance.
  • Check the Texas State Parks Alert Map for status of individual parks.

Guidelines for your visit:

  • Face coverings are required inside all state park buildings.
  • Six-foot social distancing is required.
  • No groups larger than ten people are allowed, except for families or people living in the same household.
  • See guidelines and tips to plan your visit.

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Happy Holidays at State Parks

Christmas Abilene State Park

State parks are great places to spend time outdoors during the holidays. Things may look a bit different this year, however.

Expect smaller holiday events with some changes to keep everyone safe. Driving by decorated campsites might be the perfect event for your family! We'll also be hosting online events.

We highly recommend reservations for both day and overnight visits.

First Day Hikes

First Day Hikes - Galveston

Continue or start a tradition by hiking at a park on New Year's Day!

This year we will be featuring self-guided First Day Hikes. Choose a park and hike that suits your family and go at your own pace. Afterwards, let the park know the details of your First Day Hike.

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Hike Pick: Curry Creek Overlook Trail

Guadalupe River State Park

Curry Creek Overlook Trail

If you're looking for a hike “off the beaten path,” check out the moderate-to-challenging Curry Creek Overlook Trail, in the Bauer Unit of Guadalupe River State Park.

This trail winds through a forest of oaks, elms and Ashe juniper trees, and offers a beautiful view of Curry Creek far below. Along the way, keep an eye out for fossilized sea creature shells embedded in limestone boulders and a spring that seeps onto a mossy bank.

Curry Creek Overlook Trail is only 1.2 miles long, but the hike there and back from the Bauer Unit parking lot is 3.25 miles. The Bauer Unit has a separate entrance from the main park entrance; check the park trails map for details and directions.

The Bauer Unit does not have running water, restrooms or trash cans - please prepare and hike responsibly!

TPW Magazine: Park News

More Balmorhea to Love

Aerial view of Balmorhea State Park

Balmorhea State Park is gaining some elbow room after a 643-acre land acquisition. The 108-acre park will grow seven-fold to a total of 751 acres, making room for nature trails, nature watching and scenic overlooks.

This new land will not be accessible for some time. But one day, Texans will enjoy the view from Carpenters Hill and explore new West Texas trails.

The park is closed now for renovations.

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