Picnicking in State Parks

Texas State Parks offer picnic tables for your outdoor dining pleasure in some of the most beautiful places in the state. Where will you picnic—near a river, lake, cave, canyon or beach?

Whether you relax on a blanket, sit at a picnic table or cook outdoors on an open grill — food just tastes better outside! Find a park near you and start planning your picnic! You can even put on a Texas-sized picnic in a group pavilion. To reserve a picnic pavilion or area, call (512) 389-8900. And please remember to keep your parks beautiful by following the Leave No Trace principles.

Picnic in the park

Picnic Recipes

Texas State Parks has teamed up with the Texas Department of Agriculture, the Texas Beef Council and our food-blogging friends to bring you some scrumptious, easy-to-make picnic recipes for your next outing. You’ll find these recipes in the following categories:

  •  Romantic
  •  Kid-friendly
  •  Family gatherings
  •  Outdoor cooking

Need a little inspiration or help planning your picnic menu? Visit Texas State Park’s Pinterest .

Picnic Location Ideas:

Feb. 2009 TPW Magazine Cover


Find out some of the primo picnic spots for a picnic any time of the year in this article in Texas Parks and Wildlife magazine.