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Thank you, Texas!

Garner State Park

Texans voted to approve Proposition 5 in the Nov. 5, 2019, election. Now 100 percent of the sporting goods sales tax will go to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Historical Commission. This funding will help secure the future of local parks, state parks and historic sites for generations to come.

We would like to extend our deepest gratitude to the people of Texas for voting to approve Prop 5.

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Hike Pick: Stephen F. Austin State Park

Barred Owl Trail

Overlook - Stephen F. Austin State Park

This gentle, meandering, but relatively flat trail is named after Stephen F. Austin State Park's unofficial mascot, the barred owl. You'll experience all four diverse ecosystems in the park on the .65-mile (one-way) Barred Owl Trail.

Immerse your senses year-round in the wildflowers of the uplands at the trailhead. Then listen for the sound of wind rattling the majestic cottonwood's leaves in the bottomlands. The scenic overlook is perfect for a family picture or selfie with the mighty Brazos River below in the background.

TPW Magazine: Park News

Thanksgiving in the Parks


Some families have a tradition of spending Thanksgiving in a Texas state park, bringing along all the fixings and enjoying their feast beneath the colors of fall leaves.

Campers and day visitors can also join in on activities that help burn off the extra calories, such as the 2nd Annual Turkey Trot 5K at South Llano River State Park or the Thanksgiving Gobble Wobble at Caddo Lake State Park.

Start a new tradition for your family – and give thanks in a Texas state park!

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Fall for Parks

Fall for Parks

Autumn in Texas brings some of the best weather of the year! Enjoy the crisp fall season with a colorful hike, a feast in the park, or a camping getaway.

  Celebrate the Fall

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