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Let's Go Fishing!
Do you like to fish? Or would you like to learn how? More than 70 state parks have places to fish: creeks, ponds, lakes, rivers, and the Gulf of Mexico!
Even better, you can fish without a license from shore or pier at all those Texas state parks.
Come on out, and see what you can catch!
Hike Pick: Big Spring State Park
Get some exercise, experience the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps, and catch a grand West Texas sunset while standing on the northernmost edge of the Edwards Plateau at Big Spring State Park.
The outer loop of Park Road 8, starting and ending at the entrance parking lot, is 2.5 paved miles of scenery and views up and down Scenic Mountain. When the weather is nice, you'll meet lots of people walking and jogging along the CCC-built roads.
The young men of CCC Company 1857 finished work on the park in 1936. Besides roads, they built a pavilion, restroom, headquarters, picnic areas and nature trail. Thousands of visitors have enjoyed their handiwork over the last 80 years. You can, too!
Park Pick: Lockhart State Park
Lockhart State Park boasts the only state-run golf course in Texas, built during the New Deal. It's also one of the few state parks with a swimming pool, as well as great camping, hiking and fishing.
When I ask visitors what makes Lockhart State Park special, they tell me that it's more than the golf course and swimming pool, or even the natural beauty. The friendly ghosts of the past enhance your visit, too.
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