State Parks in Texas (95)

Abilene State Park
Tuscola, TX
Come to the shady banks of Elm Creek, where large trees arch overhead and deer and other critters wander by. Just 16 miles southwest of Abilene, the park has a lake and fishing pond, a historic swimmi
Atlanta State Park
Atlanta, TX
Atlanta State Park sits on the shores of Wright Patman Lake in the far northeast corner of Texas. Towering pines and hardwoods shade the park, providing fall and spring color, and beauty year-round.
Balmorhea State Park
Toyahvale, TX
Dive into the crystal-clear water of the world’s largest spring-fed swimming pool. Swim, scuba dive, or just relax under the trees at this historic park in arid West Texas. The Civilian Conservation
Barton Warnock Visitor Center
Terlingua, TX
Barton Warnock Visitor Center serves as the eastern entrance for Big Bend Ranch State Park and is near Lajitas. Permits for backpacking and camping (no hookups) at Big Bend Ranch State Park can be obt
Bastrop State Park
Bastrop, TX
For more than 70 years, folks have visited Bastrop State Park to enjoy its history and marvel at the Lost Pines. Forest fires and floods have ravaged the park in recent years. Now comes rebirth: new t
Battleship Texas State Historic Site
La Porte, TX
The Battleship Texas is closed for a lengthy repair project. No reopening date has been set. More than 36,000 items are part of the Battleship Texas artifact collection. Many will be on display afte
Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park
Mission, TX
Down in the valley you’ll find a birder’s paradise. About 360 species of birds have been reported at Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park, along with butterflies, javelinas, bobcats and more! Nature
Big Bend Ranch State Park
Presidio, TX
Big Bend Ranch State Park offers outdoor recreation for the truly adventurous. This remote park features rugged mountains, steep canyons, amazing views, unparalleled night skies, and solitude in a hig
Big Spring State Park
Big Spring, TX
Dramatic views off of the 200-foot bluff and from the CCC-built loop road are among the featured attractions of this 382-acre park. Early morning or sunset, joggers, walkers and cyclists circle the lo
Blanco State Park
Blanco, TX
Come for a picnic, afternoon swim, fishing trip or a weekend campout on the banks of the spring-fed Blanco River. We’re just an hour from Austin and San Antonio. This small park hugs a one-mile stret
Bonham State Park
Bonham, TX
Northeast of Dallas is a small park filled with natural beauty. At Bonham State Park, you’ll find a serene 65-acre lake, hilly trails, colorful history and a quiet place to relax.
Brazos Bend State Park
Needville, TX
Looking for a “wild” experience? You will find it at Brazos Bend State Park, just 45 miles from downtown Houston! Nature has top billing at this park. Be sure to bring your walking shoes, binoculars
Buescher State Park
Smithville, TX
East of Austin and a short drive past Bastrop State Park, you’ll find its sibling, Buescher. Set up camp, hike or bike under tall trees, or fish and paddle the 30-acre lake at this peaceful park.
Caddo Lake State Park
Karnack, TX
Bald cypress trees draped with Span­ish moss tower over the maze of bayous, sloughs and ponds of Caddo Lake. Paddle these waterways, stay in a historic cabin, or try your luck fishing. Discover an Eas
Caprock Canyons State Park & Trailway
Quitaque, TX
Wind and water over the eons shaped the rugged beauty of Caprock Canyons State Park in the Panhandle of Texas. Today, bison roam the plains, bats roost in Clarity Tunnel, and you can explore 90 miles
Cedar Hill State Park
Cedar Hill, TX
Relax by the lake, tour an old Texas farm, or explore our rugged limestone hills and rare prairie pockets. Though we’re just a short drive from the DFW Metroplex, it feels like you’re a world away fro
Choke Canyon State Park
Three Rivers, TX
Watch the sun rise over the lake while birds sing in the brush. Spend the day casting for your next big fish story. Come see us on the shore of Choke Canyon Res­er­voir, between San Antonio and Corpus
Cleburne State Park
Cleburne, TX
A spring-fed lake, trails through the forest, quiet camp­sites – what more do you need? Get away from hectic city life at Cleburne State Park, just 30 minutes south­west of Fort Worth on the northern
Colorado Bend State Park
Bend, TX
Spend a weekend exploring the unspoiled wilderness of Colorado Bend. We’re two hours northwest of Austin. Marvel at the beauty of Gorman Falls, cool off in Spicewood Springs, fish or paddle the river
Cooper Lake State Park
Cooper, TX
With two park units, you’ll find plenty of room to roam. Bring your fishing pole, your hiking shoes, your horse, your swimsuit–or heck, just bring yourself! We’re only 90 minutes northeast of Dallas.
Copper Breaks State Park
Quanah, TX
Early Americans, including the Comanche, camped in this part of North Texas for thousands of years, replenishing body and soul. You can do the same today at Copper Breaks State Park.
Daingerfield State Park
Daingerfield, TX
Tall trees reach for the sky in the north­east corner of Texas. Explore life in the forest at Daingerfield State Park as you wander the trails, paddle Little Pine Lake, or relax at your campsite. On l
Davis Mountains State Park
Fort Davis, TX
High in the mountains of West Texas you will find a beautiful and historic park. Explore Davis Mountains State Park’s miles of trails, stay up late to marvel at the night sky, learn about the history
Devil's Sinkhole State Natural Area
Rocksprings, TX
Some 3 million bats emerge in a swirling mass from the Devil’s Sinkhole in search of food on warm nights. Marvel at the amazing spectacle at this state natural area northwest of San Antonio. Bats are
Devils River State Natural Area
Del Rio, TX
In southwest Texas, far from all cities and most people, lies one of the most pristine rivers in Texas. Clear spring-fed water tumbles past rugged ridges, scenic canyons and brushy banks. It’s not eas
Dinosaur Valley State Park
Glen Rose, TX
Long ago, dinosaurs left footprints in the mud at the edge of an ancient ocean. Today, you can walk in their tracks in the bed of the Paluxy River. This long trip to the past is just a short drive fro
Eisenhower State Park
Denison, TX
Adventure awaits on the shores of Lake Texoma! Explore trails along high bluffs, splash at our sandy swimming cove, or fish for striped bass, crappie and catfish. Connect to nature just an hour north
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Fredericksburg, TX
The massive pink granite dome rising above Central Texas has drawn people for thousands of years. But there’s more at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area than just the dome. The scenery, rock formations
Estero Llano Grande State Park
Weslaco, TX
The orchestra is always in full swing at Estero Llano Grande State Park. You’ll hear birds singing, insects buzzing, frogs peeping, water trickling, leaves rustling, and more. Per­for­mances held dail
Fairfield Lake State Park
Fairfield, TX
Activities include camping, backpacking, hiking, horseback riding on approximately 15 miles of day-use equestrian trails (bring your own horse), nature study, bird watching, boating on a 2,400-acre la
Falcon State Park
Roma, TX
Falcon State Park provides refuge from the cold for both humans and wildlife. But that’s not its only draw. Anglers come here to access one of the best freshwater fishing lakes in South Texas. Here a
Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site
Anderson, TX
Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site is located approximately 30 miles southeast of Bryan/College Station. It consists of six acres in Anderson, county seat of Grimes County. Texas Parks and Wildlife Depa
Fort Boggy State Park
Centerville, TX
On the Edge of East Texas lies a tranquil patchwork of woods, fields and water. Come explore Fort Boggy State Park – its trails, primitive campsites, cabins and 15-acre lake. We’re halfway between Hou
Fort Leaton State Historic Site
Presidio, TX
Fort Leaton is day use only and offers picnicking areas, guided tours, plus exhibits on the history from 15th century, natural history, and archaeological history of the area. The site serves for hist
Fort Parker State Park
Mexia, TX
On the banks of the Navasota, the past and the present collide. Two ecosystems meet here, too, and you can explore it all on foot, bike or kayak. Fort Parker State Park is just 90 miles south of the D
Fort Richardson State Park, Historic Site & Lost Creek Reservoir State Trailway
Jacksboro, TX
Fort site structures include seven of the original buildings which have been restored: the post hospital; the officer's quarters (commanding officer); a powder magazine; a morgue; a commissary; a gua
Franklin Mountains State Park
El Paso, TX
The Franklin Mountains provided most of the basic necessities of life for early people here. Today, the mountains meet a different human need – our need for time in nature. Come explore these high-des
Galveston Island State Park
Galveston, TX
Come to the island to stroll the beach or splash in the waves. Or come to the island to go fishing or look for coastal birds. No matter what brings you here, you’ll find a refuge at Galveston Island S
Garner State Park
Concan, TX
Fun traditions and beautiful scenery bring people back to Garner State Park time after time. Besides easy access to the Frio, the park offers many miles of hiking trails and camping options. Garner S
Goliad State Park & Historic Site
Goliad, TX
Goliad is one of the few places in North America where you can visit an 18th-century Spanish-Colonial mission and presidio (fort) complex. See how the Catholic Church and the Spanish military helped s
Goose Island State Park
Rockport, TX
Lapping water and Gulf breezes: we must be on the coast! Goose Island offers camping, fishing and birding along St. Charles and Aransas bays, north of Corpus Christi. Camp, fish, hike, geocache, go
Government Canyon State Natural Area
San Antonio, TX
On the north side of San Antonio lies a 12,000-acre wil­der­ness that protects the city’s drinking water. You’ll find your own “Recharge Zone” in this vast urban refuge. Government Canyon State Natur
Guadalupe River State Park
Spring Branch, TX
Many folks come here to swim, but the park is more than a great swimming hole. Beautiful scenery and colorful history await, just a short drive from San Antonio and Austin. With four miles of river f
Hill Country State Natural Area
Bandera, TX
Explore over 5,000 acres of rugged canyons, scenic plateaus and tranquil creek bottoms at this former ranch northwest of San Antonio. Escape from the bustle of modern life to a more relaxed time and p
Honey Creek State Natural Area
Spring Branch, TX
Imagine the Hill Country of 100 years ago – or see it for yourself at Honey Creek State Natural Area. This protected piece of land harbors plants and animals nurtured by a 1.5-mile spring-fed creek. A
Hueco Tanks State Park & Historic Site
El Paso, TX
For thousands of years, people have trekked to these rock hills in far west Texas. In earlier times, they came for the rainwater pooled in natural rock basins, or huecos (“whey-coes”). Visitors today
Huntsville State Park
Huntsville, TX
Lose yourself among the majestic trees and natural beauty of the East Texas Pineywoods. Rent a canoe, explore our trails or just relax by the lake. We are a short drive north of Houston, in the Sam Ho
Indian Lodge
Fort Davis, TX
With its white adobe walls, historic aura, and refreshing pool, Indian Lodge is a welcome oasis in West Texas. Explore the natural beauty of the Davis Mountains by day, and relax in your comfortable r
Inks Lake State Park
Burnet, TX
Inks Lake State Park offers family fun on water and land. With its sparkling blue water, colorful rock outcrops, and striking sunsets, this gem of the Hill Country is just an hour northwest of Austin.
Kickapoo Cavern State Park
Brackettville, TX
Bring a sense of wonder and your spirit of adventure to Kickapoo Cavern State Park. Head west from San An­tonio to explore this lightly-developed park with its many caves, birds, bats, trails and more
Lake Arrowhead State Park
Wichita Falls, TX
The park offers fishing, lake swimming on an unsupervised beach, water skiing, disc golf, picnicking, camping, nature study, hiking, horseback riding and boating.
Lake Bob Sandlin State Park
Pittsburg, TX
Two ecoregions meet here on the shore of Lake Bob Sandlin in northeast Texas. The result: massive trees, tall grasses and a fascinating mix of plants and animals. The fishing is pretty good, too! Thi
Lake Brownwood State Park
Brownwood, TX
Civilian Conservation Corps workers spent years building this special park in the heart of Texas. Today, their legacy endures. Stay in a historic cabin, walk the scenic trails, or play in or on the co
Lake Casa Blanca International State Park
Laredo, TX
Relax, fish, picnic and more at this lakeside park. Lake Casa Blanca is located in Laredo, just minutes from the Mexican border. Here you will find outdoor fun on water and land—and the perfect place
Lake Colorado City State Park
Colorado City, TX
Need to get away from the crowd? Head to the lake! Water draws wildlife and humans here for respite from the dry West Texas climate. The park is south of I-20 between Midland and Abilene. Many activi
Lake Corpus Christi State Park
Mathis, TX
Families have been enjoying Lake Corpus Christi State Park for more than 80 years. Come for the water sports, varied wildlife and relaxing atmosphere. Leave refreshed! On water, you can swim (no life
Lake Livingston State Park
Livingston, TX
Fish one of the largest lakes in the state, hike quiet trails through the forest, or camp under the trees. This refreshing retreat from city life is just an hour north of Houston. At Lake Livingston
Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway
Mineral Wells, TX
Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway sits in the heart of cattle country, near what was once a popular health resort. You will love the area’s history and scenery, but you’ll also enjoy the park’s
Lake Somerville State Park & Trailway
Somerville, TX
Fishing, camping, mountain biking, horseback riding, birding, hiking – whatever your outdoor passion, you can pursue it here. We’re between Houston and Austin. Four units make up Lake Somerville Stat
Lake Tawakoni State Park
Wills Point, TX
Imagine yourself in the shade of tall trees, listening to birds chirping and water lapping on the shores of Lake Tawakoni. Sounds good, right? Let’s go! Gather your fishing pole, your binoculars, your
Lake Whitney State Park
Whitney, TX
Need to get away? Take a short road trip from DFW or Waco to the shores of Lake Whitney. You’ll find clear water, plenty of campsites, and a great place to relax with the family. We offer water activ
Lipantitlan State Historic Site
Orange Grove, TX
Located on five acres east of Orange Grove in Nueces County, this site was named after the Lipan Apaches that camped in the vicinity. In 1831, a picket fort was constructed by Mexican forces in antici
Lockhart State Park
Lockhart, TX
Within easy driving distance of both Austin and San Antonio you’ll find a quiet getaway: Lockhart State Park. Come for a morning of golf, an after­noon swim, an evening hike, or an overnight campout.
Longhorn Cavern State Park
Burnet, TX
Many stories and legends surround Longhorn Cavern. But geology is what makes it truly unique. Explore the cavern for yourself, just 1.5 hours northwest of Austin. Tour the cavern! Before or after you
Lost Maples State Natural Area
Vanderpool, TX
You may know Lost Maples for its fall color, but it is spectacular year-round. Visit any time to see abundant wild­flowers, steep canyon walls and the scenic Sabinal River. We’re just two hours northw
Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site
Stonewall, TX
Lyndon B. Johnson, our 36th president, was born and raised in the Texas Hill Country. But his story is not the only one told here. Experience life on a Texas-German farm and marvel at American bison a
Martin Creek Lake State Park
Tatum, TX
Just 20 miles southeast of Longview you’ll find a peace­ful place in the East Texas woods: Martin Creek Lake State Park. Fish for bass or catfish, walk the trails, or sit quietly and watch a sunset ov
Martin Dies, Jr. State Park
Jasper, TX
Two rivers meet here on the eastern edge of Texas, creating wild and diverse habitats. Come explore the lake, sloughs and forest trails of this very special place at the edge of the Big Thicket. Padd
McKinney Falls State Park
Austin, TX
Listen to Onion Creek flowing over limestone ledges and splashing into pools. Follow trails winding through the Hill Country woods. Explore the remains of an early Texas homestead and a very old rock
Meridian State Park
Meridian, TX
Nestled among limestone bluffs at the top of the Hill Country, you’ll find a tranquil place to unwind with your family. We’re 50 miles northwest of Waco. For a small park, Meridian has lots to offer.
Mission Tejas State Park
Grapeland, TX
Enjoy the peace of the Pineywoods and glimpses of the past at Mission Tejas State Park. Midway between Dallas and Houston, the park is at the north end of the Davy Crockett National Forest.
Monahans Sandhills State Park
Monahans, TX
Out west lies a mystical place where the wind sculpts sand dunes into peaks and valleys, sometimes over­night. Mon­a­hans Sandhills State Park offers a Texas-sized sand­box for kids of all ages, as we
Monument Hill & Kreische Brewery State Historic Sites
La Grange, TX
The monument marks the tomb of the men that died during the Dawson Massacre of September 1842 and the ill-fated Mier expedition of November 1842, also known as the “black bean” incident. Nearby citize
Mother Neff State Park
Moody, TX
Along a scenic stretch of the Leon River southwest of Waco lies Mother Neff State Park, one of Texas’ earliest state parks. Isabella Neff donated the original six acres for the park in 1921. Since the
Mustang Island State Park
Port Aransas, TX
With more than five miles of coastline, we have plenty of room for fun in the sun. Hang out on the beach, fish in the bay, add birds to your life list, and explore this unspoiled barrier island park.
Old Tunnel State Park
Fredericksburg, TX
Enjoy hiking, bird-watching, and general wildlife viewing on the half-mile nature trail. The trail opens daily at sunrise and closes at 5 p.m. Bring drinking water, as no water is available in the pa
Palmetto State Park
Gonzales, TX
A little piece of the tropics lies just an hour from Austin and San Antonio. With multiple sources of water (including the San Marcos River), Palmetto State Park is a haven for a wide variety of anima
Palo Duro Canyon State Park
Canyon, TX
The second largest canyon in the country lies in the heart of the Texas Panhandle. Visit Palo Duro Canyon State Park; experience the canyon's rugged beauty and enjoy its colorful history. Explore the
Pedernales Falls State Park
Johnson City, TX
Flowing over and around huge slabs of limestone, the Pedernales River can be turbulent. But most often it is tranquil, and a great place to relax and recharge. We are just 30 miles west of Austin. Com
Port Isabel Lighthouse State Historic Site
South Padre Island, TX
The lighthouse was built in 1852 at the request of sea captains that needed assistance navigating the waters of the low-lying Texas coast. Over the years, technological advances made all Texas lightho
Possum Kingdom State Park
Caddo, TX
How long since you’ve been to the lake? Grab your family, fishing pole and swimsuit and head for the clear blue water and striking scenery at Possum Kingdom State Park. We're just an hour west of the
Purtis Creek State Park
Eustace, TX
Our 355-acre lake is a bass fishing destination, but fishing is not all we offer. Come to swim, boat, paddle, camp, explore nature or relax. We’re just an hour southeast of Dallas. You’ll find plenty
Ray Roberts Lake State Park
Pilot Point, TX
Escape the bustle of the city and get back to nature just an hour north of the DFW Metroplex. Come play at Ray Roberts Lake State Park for the day or the weekend! On land, you can camp, hike, bike, r
Resaca de la Palma State Park
Brownsville, TX
As part of the World Birding Center, Brownsville’s Resaca de la Palma boasts the largest tract of native habitat in the World Birding Center network. Etched by ancient curves of the Rio Grande, its 1,
San Angelo State Park
San Angelo, TX
History and nature converge on the banks of O.C. Fisher Reservoir and the Concho River, near San Angelo. Ex­plore on land, play in the water, and enjoy a look at Texas’ past. On land, you can camp, h
San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site
La Porte, TX
“Remember the Alamo!” “Remember Goliad!” Shouted the Texian troops led by Gen. Sam Houston when they surprised the Mexican army that was camped here in 1836. The decisive Battle of San Jacinto resulte
Sea Rim State Park
Sabine Pass, TX
At the far southeast corner of Texas lies a remote and unique coastal park. Sea Rim State Park has 5.2 miles of Gulf shoreline and 4,000 acres of marshlands. At this park, you can camp, go birding an
Seminole Canyon State Park & Historic Site
Comstock, TX
Early canyon dwellers left clues to their lives on the stone walls of Seminole Canyon. Their pictographs tell stories that we try to understand today. Come see this special place for yourself; we’re a
Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center
Houston, TX
The primary activities at the lake unit are fishing and wildlife observation. Sheldon Lake is open every day to public fishing with appropriate licenses. Boats must not exceed headway speed while oper
South Llano River State Park
Junction, TX
South Llano River State Park provides refuge for wildlife and people on the southwestern edge of the Hill Country. Bring your hiking boots, water toys, camping gear, and sense of adventure! Many folk
Stephen F. Austin State Park
San Felipe, TX
Stephen F. Austin chose this area as home base for es­tab­lishing Anglo-American colonies in Texas. Learn more of his story and enjoy a time-out in nature on the banks of the Brazos River. We’re just
Tyler State Park
Tyler, TX
Tyler State Park features a cool, 64-acre spring-fed lake, 100-foot tall trees, and historic structures. Play at the lake, wet a hook, wander through the woods, or relax with your binoculars. You will
Village Creek State Park
Lumberton, TX
Amazing diversity of both plants and wildlife makes Village Creek State Park a very special place. We’re 10 miles north of Beaumont on the edge of the Big Thicket. Come to camp, canoe, or just enjoy t
Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site
Washington, TX
The General Convention, which would decide the fate of Texas, met at Washington in March 1836. People revere Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site as the site of the signing of the Texas Declar
Wyler Aerial Tramway
El Paso, TX
The Wyler Aerial Tramway at Franklin Mountains State Park is on 195.742 acres of rugged mountain and rock formations on the east side of the Franklin Mountains.