Parks

Krause Springs

For water lovers, choose from over 30 springs to swim, relax and cool off in to beat the Texas heat. Located just 30 minutes from Austin in Spicewood, the Krause family owns 115 acres of land on the National Registry of Historical Sites, and they have been welcoming guests and campers for over 50 years. Activities Swimming With many springs […]

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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 outdoor experience with amenities. Activities Boating

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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 Viewing and Birdwatching Nature viewing

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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 Road” all come together in

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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 lifestyle. Saturdays are particularly crowded

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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 the rustic, non-intrusive architectural style of

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Paved road flanked by stone pillars leading through a forest with a sign on the right reading "Ratcliff Lake Recreation Area, Davy Crockett National Forest.

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, and other outdoor activities. Driving from

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A row of large trees alongside a calm lake with picnic tables and benches scattered on the grassy area underneath.

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 picnic spots along Lake Austin, Emma

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Large, sprawling tree with numerous gnarled branches extending in various directions, located in a grassy area with a fence in the background.

Goose Island State Park

Visitors come from near and far to Goose Island State Park for a great camping experience, excellent bird watching, and fabulous fishing. This area is perfect for nature lovers and avid photographers seeking the ideal wildlife backgrounds. The area is known for oyster shell, mud flat and marsh grass, perfect for those that don’t mind getting a little dirty in

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