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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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Red Hills Lake Recreation Area

    Red Hills Lake Recreation Area is the best kept swimming secret of East Texas. It is where the locals go to enjoy the serene lake and forest environments, without battling the fisherman and tourists for a crowded spot on Toledo Bend and Sam Rayburn reservoirs. The 19- acre lake was hand-dug by members of …

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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 …

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Dinosaur Valley State Park

    Texas is known for cowboys and cattle but did you know that dinosaurs also once trekked through this land and just happened to leave behind their footprints? Dinosaur Valley State Park takes you back millions of years through history while also giving you the ultimate experience in camping under the stars, swimming and …

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Lake Meredith National Recreation Area

    Prized for Lake Meredith itself, this national recreation area in the Texas panhandle offers visitors a place to swim, boat and fish, as well as takes scenic hikes along the naturally-formed canyons and multiple campsites. With a few activity-specific exceptions (such as boating permits) visiting Lake Meredith is free! Thirty miles north 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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