Parks

Camp Huaco Springs

     One of the largest campgrounds on Guadalupe River, and a hot spot for river tubing and rafting! Camp Huaco Springs is the place for people looking not for a secluded nature area, but instead for a fun day on the river with others who are floating, laughing, and partying as well. Activities Swimming/Rafting/Tubing River …

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Enchanted Rock

    Explore one of the world’s oldest rock formations – Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. Located near Fredericksburg in the Central Texas Hill Country, the Enchanted Rock State Natural Area is named after the estimated 1 billion year old batholith, igneous above ground rock from a volcano magma chamber that never erupted.  The Tonkawa Native …

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Inks Lake State Park

      Come jump the cliffs at Devil’s Waterhole! Inks Lake State Park is one of the smaller lakes that make up the Seven Lake Highland Chain, created by the dams built by the Lower Colorado River Authority.  Located in Burnet, TX, Inks Lake State Park is fairly developed, and entices those looking for a comfortable …

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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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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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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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Emma Long Metropolitan Park

  One of the largest parks in Austin, Emma Long (mostly just known as “City Park”) is great place for locals to get their fill of nature without having to travel far from home. With off-leash trails that let man’s best friend enjoy a bit of freedom, highly technical mountain biking, and family-friendly swimming and …

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