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horseback riders

Are you looking for a scenic place to ride your horse? You can ride in many of Texas′ state parks!

From sand dunes (Monahans Sandhills) to sandy beaches (Sea Rim), from mountains (Davis Mountains) to Central Texas hills (Pedernales Falls), more than 20 parks have equestrian trails or riding areas.

Sixteen of those parks also have equestrian facilities such as designated campsites and stalls. One park even has an arena (Hill Country State Natural Area)!

Learn more about riding horses in state parks.

Hike Pick: Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Isle Du Bois Unit

Lost Pines Trail

Sunset - Ray Roberts Lake State Park

As I start down the Lost Pines Trail at Ray Roberts Lake State Park, towering pines and chatty squirrels greet me.

The easy 0.5-mile loop takes me past a piece of history. An old sandstone chimney is a remnant of pioneer life in the 1800s, and I can't help but wonder what life would have been like at that time.

Eventually a small spur on the trail brings me to a gorgeous sunset above Ray Roberts Lake. I stop and take in the view. This short, but sweet hike was worth every step.

Learn more:

Interactive Trails Map

Trails Map PDF

TPW Magazine: Park News

The View From Above

Runner on aerial of Government Canyon State Natural Area

TPWD's photographers have traveled the state, sometimes taking to the skies to capture revealing aerial images of the landscape. These photos provide a new perspective on our public lands. Check out this photo of a trail runner at Government Canyon State Natural Area.

See more aerial images of other state parks in this month's issue of TPW Magazine.

Activities and Programs

Get Healthy in State Parks

Get Healthy in State Parks

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 2020!

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