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Take Your Valentine to a State Park

CCC built overlook at Davis Mountains State Park

It's that time of year, when thoughts turn to romance . . . at a state park? Of course!

Take your sweetie for a picnic or a stroll on a tree-shaded trail at a nearby park. Reserve a rustic cabin for the weekend, and spend an evening with your dear one enjoying a campfire and stargazing.

Ready to take the leap? Find a dramatic spot to pop the question, like the CCC-built overlook at Davis Mountains State Park (pictured above).

Plan the perfect (and affordable) wedding at one of our group halls. Two great venues are the Mack Dick Pavilion at Palo Duro Canyon State Park and the Lone Star Lodge at Ray Roberts Lake State Park.

Make state parks a part of your love story!

Hike Pick: Caddo Lake State Park

Caddo Forest Trail

Johnson Pavilion- Caddo Lake State Park

Experience the history and beauty of Caddo Lake State Park on an easy-to-moderate hike along the Caddo Forest Trail. The loop is just over half a mile long, but its varying topography and steep stairs will get your blood pumping.

You'll begin in the bottomland hardwood forest, with bald cypress, black walnut, sweetgum, water oak, pawpaw and other trees. Listen for pileated woodpeckers tapping on trees or nine-banded armadillos scurrying through leaves.

Stairs lead to a stone pavilion built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Stop here to rest and observe the natural world. The hike continues through the upland pine forest before circling back down to the trailhead.

The trailhead is in the boat ramp parking area.

Park Pick: Goliad State Park

Colorful History, Natural Beauty

Mission EspĂ­ritu Santo - Goliad State Par

The bright white walls of Mission Espíritu Santo welcome visitors to Goliad State Park, one of the most important sites in Texas history.

Tour the mission, and learn about the first large-scale cattle ranch in Texas. Be sure to visit nearby historical sites, as well.

It's also a beautiful place to spend time in nature. The San Antonio River flows through the park, and oak trees shade its banks and the park's campsites and picnic areas. Take a hike, paddle a canoe, or just relax.

Activities and Programs

Get Healthy

Family Biking

Start the year off right! Your state parks have some of the best activities and programs for your physical, mental, and social health goals.

Cheers to a Healthy 2018!

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