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McKinney Falls State Park
Austin, TX 78744 (17.991 miles)
McKinney Falls State Park is a 744.4-acre park. The park is named for Thomas F. McKinney, who came to Texas in the early 1820s as one of Stephen F. Austin's first 300 colonists. Sometime between 1850 and 1852, McKinney moved to Travis County and his property on Onion Creek, where he became a prominent breeder of race horses with his own stable and private track. Information on Thomas F. McKinney and the history of the park's land use is interpreted in the Smith Visitor Center. Camping, hiking, mountain biking, road biking, picnicking, fishing, and wildlife observation are other activities.
Official Website: McKinney Falls State Park
Buescher State Park
Smithville, TX 78602 (34.780 miles)
Buescher State Park is 1016.7 acres just north of Smithville. A scenic park road connects Buescher State Park with Bastrop State Park and travels through a part of the lovely lost pines, a remnant of what is thought to have once been an extensive pine-oak forest covering much of Central Texas, during the time Ice Age glaciers reigned to the north. Activities are non-motorized boating (no ramp/small lake); fishing in a stocked lake; nature study; hiking; interpretive tours and biking. The scenic, 12-mile-long, winding, and hilly, paved road is ideal for biking, but should be used only by experienced cyclists.
Official Website: Buescher State Park
Lockhart State Park
Lockhart, TX 78644 (36.459 miles)
Lockhart State Park is 263.7 acres west of Lockhart in Caldwell County. The land was deeded by private owners between 1934 and 1937. The park was constructed by Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), between 1935 and 1938 and was opened as a state park in 1948. In August 1840, the Battle of Plum Creek was fought a few miles north of the park. Activities include picnicking; camping; fishing; hiking; nature study; and a 9-hole golf course (the only staff-operated course in the Texas State Park System.)
Official Website: Lockhart State Park
Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge
Marble Falls, TX 78654 (36.825 miles)
Hidden within the observation deck, the visitors gaze through binoculars at their first sighting of the rare songbird only 20 feet away. Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge offers some of the best birdwatching and habitat left in Texas for two endangered songbirds - the black-capped vireo and the golden-cheeked warbler. Less than an hour from Austin, visitors can step off the streets into the wilds of the Texas Hill Country.
Official Website: Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge
Inks Lake State Park
Burnet, TX 78611 (37.381 miles)
Inks Lake State Park is 1201 acres of recreational facilities adjacent to Inks Lake on the Colorado River. Inks Lake is located in the Highland Lakes chain (7 lakes) surrounded by granite hills. During flooding situations, the lake level can rise as the flood waters are passed through Inks Lake to other lakes downstream. Visitors enjoy camping, backpacking, hiking, and golf. Since Inks is a constant level lake, droughts do not affect water-related activities such as lake swimming, boating, water skiing, scuba diving, and fishing.
Official Website: Inks Lake State Park
Longhorn Cavern State Park
Burnet, TX 78611 (37.381 miles)
Longhorn Cavern State Park is 645.62 acres classified as a scenic park in the rugged Hill Country. The cave was first formed when the ground levels of water began to drop. As this downward movement occurred, the water began to dissolve the limestone. This downward drainage continued until great underground stream beds were cut out of solid rock. The park features historical and nature study. Located in the heart of the Highland Lakes, Longhorn Cavern is near four different lakes and communities that offer excellent opportunities in camping, fishing, and hunting.
Official Website: Longhorn Cavern State Park
Pedernales Falls State Park
Johnson City, TX 78636 (39.981 miles)
Pedernales Falls State Park, 5211.7 acres, in Blanco County east of Johnson City, was acquired from private owners in 1970 and was opened to the public in 1971. It is located along the banks of scenic Pedernales River. This area, formerly the Circle Bar Ranch, typifies the Edwards Plateau terrain. Activities include camping; picnicking; hiking; river swimming; tubing; wading; mountain biking; fishing; bird watching; and horseback riding. River recreation is in a limited area beginning at the Youth Group Camping area and down river to the park boundary.
Official Website: Pedernales Falls State Park
Blanco State Park
Blanco, TX 78606 (44.707 miles)
Blanco State Park is 104.6 acres, along the Blanco River, in the Blanco County. The park area was used as a campsite by early explorers and settlers. A spring in the park made the location ideal when the river was dry. Original developments were made by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Activities include camping, swimming, picnicking, hiking, nature study, boating (electric motors only), and fishing. Tube, canoe and kayak rentals are available at the park.
Official Website: Blanco State Park
Guadalupe River State Park
Spring Branch, TX 78070 (55.184 miles)
The park is bisected by the clear-flowing waters of the Guadalupe River. The park is comprised of a 1938.7-acre segment of the Texas Hill Country noted for its ruggedness and scenic beauty. The park has 4 miles of river frontage and is located in the middle of a 9-mile stretch of the Guadalupe River. Park visitors may enjoy activities including canoeing, fishing, swimming, tubing, picnicking, hiking, and camping. The park recently opened a 5.3 miles equestrian trail that is also open to mountain biking. Opportunities also exist for more serene pursuits, such as bird watching and nature study.
Official Website: Guadalupe River State Park
Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site
Stonewall, TX 78671 (55.481 miles)
Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic contains 717.9 acres. Lyndon B. Johnson State Historical Park honors a native Texan who achieved the nation's highest office. Visitors to this day-use park can enjoy historical study, picnicking, nature study, fishing, swimming and view Texas longhorn cattle. The abundant wildlife of the Hill Country is highlighted by enclosures containing buffalo, longhorn, and white-tailed deer. The park is famous for its spring wildflower display. The Sauer-Beckmann Farm - Rural Life, 1900-1918: When visitors can smell lunch being cooked on a wood-burning stove, they are close to the Sauer-Beckmann Living Farm!.
Official Website: Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site
Mother Neff State Park
Moody, TX 76557 (63.958 miles)
Mother Neff State Park is the first official state park in Texas. It is named for Mrs. Isabella Eleanor (Mother) Neff who donated six acres of land along the Leon River in 1916 which became the first park site. Her son was Texas Governor Pat M. Neff, who served as Governor from 1921 to 1925. The park contains 259 acres. An excavation in 1935 unearthed three Indian graves and many artifacts. The main activities are camping, hiking, picnicking, fishing from the river bank, and wildlife observation.
Official Website: Mother Neff State Park
Palmetto State Park
Gonzales, TX 78629 (64.220 miles)
Palmetto State Park, 270.3 acres, named for the tropical Dwarf Palmetto plant found there, is located in Gonzales County, northwest of Gonzales and southeast of Luling. The park abuts the San Marcos River and also has a 4-acre oxbow lake. The land was acquired by deeds from private owners and the City of Gonzales in 1934 - 1936 and was opened in 1936. The beautiful stone buildings in the park were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) during the 1930s. Activities include camping, picnicking, hiking, fishing, birding, nature study, pedal boat and canoe rentals, swimming, tubing, and canoeing.
Official Website: Palmetto State Park
Colorado Bend State Park
Bend, TX 76824 (64.640 miles)
Colorado Bend State Park, a 5328.3-acre facility is located above Lake Buchanan. The park currently offers the outdoor enthusiast access to primitive camping, hiking, fishing, swimming, mountain biking, birding, and nature watching, and guided tours. The park has 15.8 miles of hiking trails and 14 miles of mountain bike trails. When Lake Buchanan is near normal levels, the river is navigable from the park's boat ramp all the way to the lake, approximately 10 miles. This is a trip on slow moving water through the beautiful canyon lands of the Colorado.
Official Website: Colorado Bend State Park
Lake Somerville State Park & Trailway
Somerville, TX 77879 (70.657 miles)
Lake Somerville State Park and Trailway offers a multitude of recreational opportunities. The extensive Lake Somerville Trailway links the Birch Creek unit to the Nails Creek unit. Both units offer a multitude of recreational opportunities such as camping, picnicking, boating, fishing; hiking and biking, volleyball, horseshoes, basketball, backpacking, and equestrian. More than 20 miles of trail are open to hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians affording visitors the opportunity to exercise and enjoy the beauty of the parks. Water lovers can enjoy boating, fishing, swimming, and skiing on Lake Somerville.
Official Website: Lake Somerville State Park & Trailway
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Fredericksburg, TX 78624 (80.945 miles)
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area consists of 1643.5 acres on Big Sandy Creek. The Rock is a huge, pink granite exfoliation dome, that rises 425 feet above ground, 1825 feet above sea level, and covers 640 acres. It is one of the largest batholiths (underground rock formation uncovered by erosion) in the United States. Visitors can enjoy primitive backpacking, camping, hiking, technical and rock climbing, picnicking, geological study, bird watching, and star gazing.
Official Website: Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Meridian State Park
Meridian, TX 76665 (105.327 miles)
Hidden away in the wooded hills northwest of Waco lies Meridian State Park, a haven for nature lovers and fishing enthusiasts. The park's 72-acre lake offers fishing in addition to swimming, and no-wake boating. A hiking trail encircling Lake Meridian features limestone outcroppings with fossils, a scenic overlook and aquatic vegetation. Birdwatching is excellent and there is a good chance of seeing the rare Golden-cheeked Warbler. Meridian State Parkis a 505.4-acre park. A rock and earthen dam was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) on Bee Creek to form the park's 72-acre lake.
Official Website: Meridian State Park
Stephen F. Austin State Park
San Felipe, TX 77473 (107.963 miles)
Stephen F. Austin State Park is located on the Brazos River, near the old ferry site and a part of the Commercio Plaza de San Felipe. It was here Stephen F. Austin, the "Father of Texas," brought the first 297 families to colonize Texas under a contract with the Mexican Government. Nestled on the banks of the Brazos River, Stephen F. Austin State Park provides the opportunity to get up close to nature. Several species of flora and fauna call the park home. Activities include picnicking, camping, fishing, hiking, and nature and historical tours.
Official Website: Stephen F. Austin State Park
Lake Whitney State Park
Whitney, TX 76692 (110.082 miles)
The 955-acre Lake Whitney State Park is along the east shore of Lake Whitney. The park is located on Lake Whitney near ruins of Towash, an early Texas settlement inundated by Lake Whitney. Towash Village was named for the chief of Hainai Indians, who moved into the area in 1835. Activities include camping; hiking; mountain biking; picnicking; boating; fishing; swimming; scuba diving; water skiing; nature study; and excellent birding.
Official Website: Lake Whitney State Park
Lake Brownwood State Park
Lake Brownwood, TX 76801 (114.314 miles)
Lake Brownwood State Park is 537.5 acres near the geographical center of Texas, the park is situated on Lake Brownwood, a 7300-surface-acre reservoir created by damming Pecan Bayou, which is a tributary of the Colorado River. Activities are picnicking; camping; hiking (2.5 miles of hiking trails and a .5-mile nature trail.); boating (motors allowed); water skiing (jet skis allowed); fishing; nature study; swimming (in an unsupervised swimming area); and bird watching.
Official Website: Lake Brownwood State Park
Goliad State Park & Historic Site
Goliad, TX 77963 (115.376 miles)
Goliad State Park is 188.3 acres. Activities include camping, picnicking, hiking, fishing, boating, swimming, nature study, and historical study. A wonderful opportunity to experience a blending of natural and cultural resources awaits visitors to Goliad State Park. Situated within three ecological zones and located on the San Antonio River, the park offers a variety of flora and fauna blending with tangible remains of Texas history and culture.
Official Website: Goliad State Park & Historic Site
Lost Maples State Natural Area
Vanderpool, TX 78885 (115.713 miles)
Lost Maples State Natural Area covers 2174.2 scenic acres on the Sabinal River. Archaeological evidence shows that this area was used by prehistoric peoples at various times. Visitors enjoy picnicking, camping, backpacking, sightseeing, hiking, photography, birdwatching, fishing, swimming, and nature study. People should stay on designated trails, because maples have a shallow root system, and soil compaction from walking can damage the trees. Also, many natural hazards exist due to the steep/rugged terrain. Do not hike or climb on rocks or hillsides.
Official Website: Lost Maples State Natural Area
Fort Parker State Park
Mexia, TX 76667 (116.220 miles)
Fort Parker State Park includes 1458.8 acres (758.8 land acres and a 700-acre lake. The park was named for Fort Parker, a nearby historic settlement established in 1833, and the site of the well-known Comanche Indian raid in May 1836, during which Cynthia Ann Parker was captured. During captivity, Cynthia Ann became the mother of the last great Comanche chief, Quanah Parker. The old fort was reconstructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps as a 1936 centennial project. See Old Fort Parker. Fort Parker offers camping, picnicking, swimming, fishing, birdwatching, hiking, biking, canoeing, nature study, and baseball/softball
Official Website: Fort Parker State Park
South Llano River State Park
Junction, TX 76849 (116.604 miles)
South Llano River State Park adjoins Walter Buck Wildlife Management Area. The 524.07-acre site, adjacent to the South Llano River, was donated to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in 1977 and was opened to the public in 1990. Because of his love and respect for the land, Mr. Walter Buck donated his ranch to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Activities include camping, picnicking, canoeing, tubing, swimming, fishing, hiking, mountain bike riding, and bird and nature study.
Official Website: South Llano River State Park
Lake Texana State Park
Edna, TX 77957 (118.846 miles)
Lake Texana State Park is 575 acres and located on Lake Texana, a reservoir on the Navidad River, which covers 11,000 surface acres, with approximately 125 miles of shoreline. Lake Texana was named for the historic town of Texana, founded in 1832, near the junction of the Navidad and Lavaca rivers downstream from the present dam site. Activities include camping; boating; water skiing; jet skiing; sailing on the main lake; canoeing; picnicking; lake swimming; hiking; good birding; and fishing.
Official Website: Lake Texana State Park
Fort Boggy State Park
Centerville, TX 75833 (120.812 miles)
Fort Boggy is located in Leon County and consists of 1847 acres. Swimming, fishing, hiking and mountain biking is allowed. There is a boat ramp and the lake (approximately 15 acres) is open to small boats, canoes, kayaks, etc. The terrain is wooded, rolling hills, bottom land meadows, and wetlands. The abundant wildlife includes white-tailed deer, raccoons, squirrels, foxes, and beavers. A large portion of the park is subject to flooding during wet periods, providing excellent habitat for waterfowl and other varieties of aquatic wildlife.
Official Website: Fort Boggy State Park
Garner State Park
Concan, TX 78838 (131.068 miles)
Garner State Park is 1419.8 acres of recreational facilities. Visitors swim in the clear waters of the Frio River, scoot its rapids on inner tubes, rent pedal boats, and hike its fascinating nature trails. On long summer evenings, young folks meet at the concession building for jukebox dancing every night during the summer season. Nearby is a miniature golf course, which is lighted for nighttime playing. Meals and snacks are served in the concession building, though many families prefer to take advantage of the many camping sites and do their own cooking.
Official Website: Garner State Park
Fairfield Lake State Park
Fairfield, TX 75840 (131.365 miles)
Fairfield Lake State Park is 1460 acres northeast of the City of Fairfield in Freestone County. Activities include camping, backpacking, hiking, day use equestrian, nature study, bird watching, boating on this 2400-acre lake, water skiing, jet skiing, fishing, and lake swimming in a large, buoyed, sandy area
Official Website: Fairfield Lake State Park
Huntsville State Park
Huntsville, TX 77342 (134.084 miles)
Huntsville State Park is a 2083.2-acre recreational area. The heavily-wooded park adjoins the Sam Houston National Forest and encloses the 210-acre Lake Raven. The park offers camping, hiking, biking, fishing, swimming in unsupervised swimming area, boat & Hydrobike rentals, and nature study.
Official Website: Huntsville State Park
SAM HOUSTON NATIONAL FOREST
New Waverly, TX 77358 (135.000 miles)
The Sam Houston National Forest, one of four National Forests in Texas, is located 50 miles north of Houston. The forest contains 163, 037 acres between Huntsville, Conroe, Cleveland and Richards, Texas. With land in Montgomery, Walker, and San Jacinto counties, the Sam Houston National Forest is intermingled with privately owned timber lands and small farms.
Official Website: SAM HOUSTON NATIONAL FOREST
Brazos Bend State Park
Needville, TX 77461 (135.291 miles)
The park covers roughly 5000 acres, with an eastern boundary of 3.2 miles fronting on the Brazos River on the southeast border of Fort Bend County. Six lakes are easily accessible to fishermen, with piers located at 40-Acre, Elm and Hale Lakes. Visitors are cautioned to pay due respect to alligators, which are numerous in some areas of the park. The Nature Center is open Monday - Friday from 11 a.m - 3 p.m. and Sat & Sunday from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. The George Observatory is open Saturdays from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Official Website: Brazos Bend State Park
Cleburne State Park
Cleburne, TX 76033 (136.025 miles)
Cleburne State Park is a 528-acre park that encompasses a lively 116-acre, spring-fed lake. A small earthen dam impounds the park's 116-acre lake, with a beautiful masonry, three-level spillway, and then cleared a three-mile-long scenic roadway around the lake. Cleburne State Park mountain bike trails offer 5.5 miles of beautiful scenery with a variety of challenges for all experience levels. Fishing and boating the clear blue waters of Cedar Lake is a wonderful way to spend the day with your family. Boats may not create any wake on this lake and personal watercraft is not allowed.
Official Website: Cleburne State Park
Bay City, TX 77414 (147.057 miles)
The Matagorda Island consists of 56,688 acres of offshore barrier island and bayside marshes which is operated as a wildlife management area. The island is 38 miles long and varies in width from less than a mile to about four and a half miles. The island supports a wide variety of migratory birds, some 19 state or federally listed threatened or endangered species, a large herd of white-tailed deer, alligators and other wildlife. Activities include salt-water fishing, hunting, birding, picnicking and historical interpretation. A lighthouse dating from 1852 still stands at the north end of the island.
Official Website: Matagorda Island
Choke Canyon State Park
Calliham, TX 78007 (147.638 miles)
Choke Canyon State Park, consisting of two units, South Shore and Calliham, is located on 26,000-acre Choke Canyon Reservoir, contains 1100 acres. The South Shore Unit contains 385. The South Shore Unit is a day-use only park and offers boating, fishing, picnicking, wildlife viewing and birding. The Calliham Unit offers camping, picnicking, boating, hiking, wildlife viewing, birding, fishing, lake beach and softball and volleyball areas. Day use equestrian is allowed in the North Shore Equestrian Area on Saturday's and Sunday's.
Official Website: Choke Canyon State Park
Mission Tejas State Park
Grapeland, TX 75844 (154.242 miles)
Mission Tejas State Park is a 363.5-acre park. Activities include camping; picnicking; hiking; and fishing. A pond located near the picnic area offers an excellent opportunity to explore aquatic life and fish. Hiking and nature trails provide access to the natural beauty of the east Texas Pineywoods. The park was built as a commemorative representation of Mission San Francisco de los Tejas, the first Spanish mission in the province of Texas, which was established in 1690. Also in the park is the restored Rice Family Log Home, built in 1828 and restored in 1974.
Official Website: Mission Tejas State Park
Cedar Hill State Park
Cedar Hill, TX 75104 (158.467 miles)
A 1,826 acre nature preserve located on the 7500 acre Joe Pool Reservoir. Penn Farm Agricultural History Center pays tribute to the family farm and a glimpse into agrarian history as farm machinery took the place of the horse and mule. Features two lighted fishing jetties and a perch pond. Lake fishing includes largemouth black bass, crappie and catfish. The park has a gravel swimming beach surrounded by picnic tables with grills. Two concrete four-lane boat ramps welcome our boating enthusiast. Over 1200 acres of prime mountain bike landscape are crisscrossed with 15 miles of intense riding.
Official Website: Cedar Hill State Park
Lake Corpus Christi State Park
Mathis, TX 78368 (159.706 miles)
Lake Corpus Christi State Park is a 356-acre park. This 21,000-acre lake was formed by damming the Nueces River. The present site of Lake Corpus Christi State Park overlooks an impoundment of the Nueces River, which was a the disputed boundary between Texas and Mexico after the Texas Revolution. The Rio Grande became the boundary at the end of the war between the two nations, officially making this area a part of Texas. Activities are camping; picnicking; boating; water skiing; fishing; swimming; bird watching; and hiking.
Official Website: Lake Corpus Christi State Park
Sheldon Lake State Park
Houston, TX 77049 (160.494 miles)
Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center is a 2,800 acre outdoor education and recreation facility. The park is split into two units: Sheldon Lake and the Environmental Learning Center. The reservoir levees encompass 1,200 acres, of which 800 are permanently inundated and 400 acres are marsh and swampland. Primary activities at the Lake Unit are fishing, and wildlife observation. Sheldon Lake is open everyday to fishing and boating. Bank fishing is permitted year round from three T-piers. Activities at the Environmental Learning Center include group programming, birding, wildlife/nature study and fishing for children.
Official Website: Sheldon Lake State Park
Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge
Angelton, TX 77515 (163.626 miles)
Three national wildlife refuges - Brazoria, San Bernard and Big Boggy - form a vital complex of coastal wetlands. They serve as an end point of the Central Flyway for waterfowl in winter, and an entry point for neotropical migratory songbirds from Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. Near Greater Houston, the refuge complex offers haven for both wildlife and people. For wildlife, the expanse of salt and freshwater marshes, sloughs, ponds, coastal prairies, and bottomland forest represent feasting and lodging for all or part of the year. For people, these vestiges of wild Texas offer exceptional wildlife watching.
Official Website: Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge
San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge
Angelton, TX 77515 (163.626 miles)
Gaze across the rippling marshes and ponds of San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge and it's easy to imagine Texas as it was before settlement. Clouds of snow geese in winter or a warbler "fallout" in spring further convince any visitor that they have stepped back into earliest Texas. Less than half of the refuge is open to the public, leaving a vast landscape was wildlife sanctuary. Yet, a drive on the 3-mile auto tour or hike on one of the three hiking trails can take up a full day's worth of wildlife watching.
Official Website: San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge
Possum Kingdom State Park
Caddo, TX 76429 (166.246 miles)
Possum Kingdom State Park, west of Mineral Wells in Palo Pinto County, is 1528.7 acres adjacent to Possum Kingdom Lake. Some of the rock facilities at the park were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the early 1940s. The area was acquired by deed from the Brazos River Authority in 1940 and was opened to the public in 1950. Activities include camping, picnicking, lake swimming, fishing, hiking, biking, nature study, boating, and water skiing.
Official Website: Possum Kingdom State Park
Purtis Creek State Park
Eustace, TX 75124 (167.796 miles)
Purtis Creek State Park has a total acreage of 1582.4. Purtis Creek State Park is located in an area where the Wichita and Caddo Indians once roamed. Just east of the park, on private property, is a cliff over hang that was used by unknown Indians as a temporary shelter. Petroglyphs are carved into the rock walls that indicate this area was a good hunting area. This area being well populated with game caused an influx of Anglos in the early to mid-1800s. Activities include camping, picnicking, fishing, boating, and hiking. The park rents paddle boats, kayaks and canoes.
Official Website: Purtis Creek State Park
Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway
Mineral Wells, TX 76067 (168.768 miles)
Lake Mineral Wells State Park consists of 3282.5 acres, encompassing Lake Mineral Wells. Lake Mineral Wells State Park is located along Rock Creek, a large tributary of the Brazos River. This area was an early home to several Native American tribes including the Comanche. Activities include camping; lake swimming; fishing; boating; rock climbing; mountain biking; equestrian camping; horseback riding; and hiking.
Official Website: Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway
DAVY CROCKETT NATIONAL FOREST
Kennard, TX 75847 (169.055 miles)
The Davy Crockett National Forest, named for the legendary pioneer, contains more than 160,000 acres of East Texas woodlands, streams, recreation areas, and wildlife habitat. Located in Houston and Trinity Counties, the forest is centrally located within the Neches and Trinity River basins. The Davy Crockett National Forest was proclaimed a National Forest by President Franklin Roosevelt on October 15, 1936.
Official Website: DAVY CROCKETT NATIONAL FOREST
Goose Island State Park
Rockport, TX 78382 (169.101 miles)
Goose Island State Park, 321.4 acres, surrounded by the St. Charles and Aransas Bays. The “Big Tree” named State Champion Coastal Live Oak in 1969, is thought to be one of the largest in the nation. Estimated to be over 1000 years old, the "Big Tree" has a circumference of 35 feet, is 44 feet in height and has a crown spread of 90 feet. The shoreline is comprised of concrete bulkhead, oyster shell, mud flat, and marsh grass. The main recreational activities are camping, excellent birding, and fishing as well as picnicking, boating, nature study, wildlife observation, and photography.
Official Website: Goose Island State Park
Kickapoo Cavern State Park
Brackettville, TX 78832 (176.542 miles)
Kickapoo Cavern State Park comprises of 6368.4 acres of the southern Edwards Plateau. The park is currently open by guided tour only. Access to the park is available through guided bird walks, wild cave tours, and evening bat flights on specified tour dates throughout the spring and summer. Interesting features of the park include 15 known caves, two of which are large enough to be significant. Kickapoo Cavern is approximately one-quarter mile in length. It boasts some impressive formations. Park facilities include 14 miles of mountain biking trails, and 18 miles of undesignated hiking & birding trails.
Official Website: Kickapoo Cavern State Park
San Angelo State Park
San Angelo, TX 76901 (178.210 miles)
San Angelo State Park is located on the shores of O.C. Fisher Reservoir. The property contains 7677 acres, most of which will remain undeveloped. Park redevelopment to its full recreational potential is expected to take a number of years. In the meantime, a wide range of facilities are available for the enjoyment of the visitor. Activities include camping, picnicking, hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding on multi-use trails, lake swimming, fishing, boating, a three level orienteering course, and bird and wildlife observation. The park has a hunting program with a State Park Annual Hunting Permit.
Official Website: San Angelo State Park
Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge
Liberty, TX 77575 (178.467 miles)
Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge was established on January 4, 1994 with an initial purchase of 4,400 acres. Since that time, the refuge has acquired additional acreage which now totals 25,000 acres. The primary purpose of establishing this refuge is to protect a portion of the bottomland hardwood forest ecosystem along the Trinity River located in southeastern Texas. The refuge, which is a remnant of what was once a much larger natural area is a broad flat floodplain made up of numerous sloughs, oxbow lakes, artesian wells, and tributaries.
Official Website: Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge
Lake Livingston State Park
Livingston, TX 77351 (183.068 miles)
Lake Livingston State Park contains 635.5 acres along Lake Livingston a 84,800-acre reservoir. It is located near the ghost town of Swartwout, a steamboat landing on the Trinity River in the 1830s and 1850s, and the meeting place of Polk County's first commissioners court before voters selected Livingston as county seat. The park offers camping; picnicking; swimming pool; mountain biking; nature study; fishing (crappie, perch, catfish, and bass); and boating; and day-use equestrian. Visitors use the horses provided by Lake Livingston stables and are not allowed to bring their own horses.
Official Website: Lake Livingston State Park
Lake Tawakoni State Park
Wills Point, TX 75169 (190.959 miles)
Lake Tawakoni State Park is a 376.3-acre park in Hunt County with 5.2 miles of shoreline along the south central shore of the main body of the reservoir. With a shoreline of approximately 200 miles, stretching through Hunt, Rains, and Van Zandt counties, Lake Tawakoni provides water-oriented recreation for much of central northeast Texas. In order to provide stewardship of the natural resources present, the master plan was developed to provide a balance between recreational demands of the region and preservation of natural resources. Activities include swimming, fishing, hiking, boating, and mountain biking.
Official Website: Lake Tawakoni State Park