Gerilyn Hayes

Colorado Bend State Park

  Two hours north of the Live Music Capital of the World rests Colorado Bend State Park. Texans from all over the great state enjoy the serene beauty blossoming in the park, and are often wowed by the presence of mountain lions and black bears that appear frequently in their own natural habitat. Offering relaxing …

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Huntsville State Park

   Imagine a sunlit day filled with unforgettable boating and fishing experiences, jumping into cool inviting lake water with childlike abandon, and camping with family and friends under a towering canopy of pine trees. Memorable days like this are made at Huntsville State Park. Tucked away in the Sam Houston National Forest, the park is …

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Palo Duro Canyon State Park

Palo Duro Canyon

  As flat as a board and an expanding to the reaches of the farthest horizon is the Texas Panhandle. While driving through the flatland, visitors of Palo Duro Canyon State Park often come upon a delightful surprise as the landscape reveals a startling 900+ feet deep canyon. Known as the “Grand Canyon of Texas,” …

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Big Bend National Park

    For outdoor enthusiasts seeking challenging terrain and beautiful landscapes, Big Bend National Park is the grandaddy of all Texas parks. Providing visitors with its vast desert land, mountains, and the Rio Grande River this national park is bound to impress. Located on the Texas-Mexico border, this park is the largest protected public land …

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Lake Mineral Wells State Park

  Resting peacefully in the Texas countryside is Lake Mineral Wells State Park. Originally established as a water supply source for the city of Mineral Wells, TX this park supports a thriving ecosystem of fish and winged wildlife while offering park visitors and campers plenty of room to enjoy recreational activities. Located roughly forty-five miles …

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Big Bend Ranch State Park

Located in the nation’s second largest and most populous state, “a paradise on Earth” awaits. Tucked away, deep in the northern Chihuahuan Desert lies the extraordinary Big Bend Ranch State Park. Backcountry camping, nature viewing, and wildlife observation opportunities away visitors eager to set their sights on Texas lyre snakes, and mountain lions. Activities Nature …

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Big Thicket National Preserve

Located in the southeast portion of the state, Big Thicket National Preserve is the creator of many Texans’ fondest memories. The overwhelming consensus from county locals: The Big Thicket is awesome. It can literally strike a sense of wonder into the minds and hearts of its visitors. Towering trees, bio-life variety, and the mysterious “Ghost …

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Ratcliff Lake Recreation Area

   Cloaked by the loblloy pine and oak trees of The Davy Crockett National Forest sits Ratcliff Lake Recreation Area, a campground that hosts locals and national visitors every year.  Built in 1936 by the Civilian Conservation Corps, this beautiful lake area is open year-round and is an ideal location for camping, leisurely hikes, swimming, …

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Caddo Lake State Park

    Bridging the northeastern gap between the Lone Star and Pelican states is Caddo Lake. This state park hosts native cypress trees, overnight camping sites and sports fishing opportunities.  A swamp plotted maze comprised of winding bayous and lakes, Caddo Lake State Park is an internationally recognized wetland. Replete with outdoor activities and accommodating …

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