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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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Buescher State Park

   “Scenic” is the word that comes to mind when describing Buescher State Park, which is known primarily for charming country drives, winding bike rides, and day hiking through Central Texas’ Lost Pines Forest. Only 12 miles from the larger and more well-known Bastrop State Park, visitors often enjoy both parks on the same trip, …

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Stephen F. Austin State Park

A reviewer described SFA State Park best, calling it “all the fun of camping without actually roughing it.” With a wide range of camping options, some great hiking and mountain biking trails, interesting history, and close proximity to Houston, Stephen F. Austin State Park is a great place to be introduced to an active, outdoor …

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Bastrop State Park

   Bastrop State Park owes its impressive beauty to the presence of the “Lost Pines,” the westernmost forest of loblolly pines in the country, separated from their nearest neighbors in east Texas by 100 miles. Also of interest are several buildings constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. Considered an excellent example of …

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Lake Somerville State Park

    Comprised of two units, Nails Creek and Birch Creek, the Lake Somerville State Park draws crowds because of its secluded campsites (which feel private even with hundreds of other guests), trails and lake activities. A laid back environment with a little something for everyone, Lake Somerville is popular for family reunions, holiday trips, …

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Sea Rim State Park

     Five miles of beach on the Gulf, in addition to the bordering marshy wetlands, make up Sea Rim State Park. Known for its naturist beach and landscape, Sea Rim boasts rustic accommodations and little human enhancement to the sand and oceanfront. Beach visitors typically come to enjoy a long walk by the ocean, …

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Sam Houston National Forest

    One of four National Forests in Texas, Sam Houston offers 140 miles of ecological diversity and a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities. With an abundance of miles to explore, this is a hiking and mountain biking wonderland! Two scenic areas found in the park are Big Creek and Winters Bayou. Sam Houston National …

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