Paddling

Cedar Hill State Park

    Less than 20 miles from downtown Dallas, Cedar Hill State Park is a quick getaway for city dwellers known for its mountain biking trails and access to Joe Pool Lake for swimming, picnicking, fishing, paddle sports and boating. The park features hundreds of spots for “urban-friendly” camping, all with easy access to hot …

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Ray Roberts Lake State Park

    Swimming and watersports on Lake Ray Roberts draw visitors to this state park to cool off from the Texas heat. A clean and well-maintained beach area, full-service marina, and available rentals for canoeing and kayaking make Ray Roberts Lake State Park a frequent getaway for a day trip or a weekend of camping. …

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Caprock Canyons State Park

    In addition to stand-by favorites like mountain biking, swimming, and trekking through rugged terrain, Caprock Canyons State Park is home to the largest herd of bison in the entire state. Even for those who never before thought, “You know what this park could use? More bison!,” watching the Texas State Bison Herd freely …

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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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Devils River State Natural Area

    Del Norte is a special place for the “primitive at heart.” A remote 20,000 acre preserve awaits the visitor to what has been referred to by most Texans as the Devils River State Natural Area. This park provides kayakers and canoers flowing downstream towards Canyon Marina at Lake Amistad with a key camping …

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Sabine National Forest

     Sitting on the boundary between Texas and Louisiana, the Sabine National Forest is the easternmost of the four national forests in Texas. This ecologically diverse environment and expansive forest have a long history of human civilization. The popularity of this special place continues to draw visitors today. The Toledo Bend reservoir (or lake) …

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Copper Breaks State Park

    Copper Breaks State Park is a place with a long history. For more than 150 years the Comanches followed a nomadic lifestyle hunting bison and raiding nearby areas. While the hunting, raiding, and mining has seized, there is still plenty to attract outdoor enthusiasts to this area. A ten mile trail system gives …

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Amistad National Recreation Area

     The word “Amistad” means friendship in Spanish. Amistad National Recreation Area offers worldwide visitors and locals from two countries an opportunity to enjoy a water paradise nestled within the desert.  “At conservation pool capacities, Amistad Reservoir is the second largest lake in Texas” (National Park Service). Maintaining a friendship among nations will be …

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Lake Whitney State Park

    Fishing and Airplanes Lake Whitney State Park is specially known for its annual youth fishing tournament that is held on the first Saturday of June as well as the fly-ins that are held periodically throughout the year. Conveniently located on the shore of Lake Whitney, you can get to the park by traveling …

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