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Parks for the Holidays
The holidays are an excellent time to get your family out of the routine – and to a state park!
Many parks are hosting holiday events. From decorated campsite driving tours, to concerts, Santa sightings, arts & crafts, and much more.
See what's happening in a park near you!
First Day Hiking!
Start your new year with a walk in the park! Texas State Parks and parks across the nation will host First Day Hikes on Jan. 1. You can even ring in the new year at a midnight hike!
Life's better outside, especially on New Year's Day!
Hike Pick: Estero Llano Grande State Park
Even non-birders enjoy exploring at Estero Llano Grande State Park. The hundreds of bird species here may hook you on birding, but you'll find other animals, too.
Look for some of them on the 20-minute flat hike to Alligator Lake. From the safety of shore, you're likely to see one of the large reptiles sunning on the banks or waiting in the water for its next meal.
Along the way you'll see and hear an almost overwhelming bounty of birds, butterflies and plants. You might even pass bobcat kittens playing in the shade! Keep your distance from these treasures so you don't scare them away.
Don't forget your camera to capture these memories and share with others.
TPW Magazine: Park News
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.
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