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The majority of Texas State Parks offer camping, many have lodging facilities that include cabins, yurts etc. Please visit the links provided to Texas State Parks for camping and camp ground information.

Abilene State Park has fishing, hiking, and boating available at adjacent Buffalo Wallow Pond and Lake Abilene, the newest section of the park. Abilene State Park has a historic water tower and observation deck that overlooks the large swimming pool. Abilene State Park is located 16 miles southwest of Abilene, through Buffalo Gap.

Atlanta State Park provides access to Wright Patman Lake for boating and fishing, and has a sandy beach area for swimming. Activities at Atlanta State Park includes nature trails, hiking trails, jogging along roads, and shorelines. Atlanta State Park is on the south shore of Wright Patman Lake, near Texarkana and about 11 miles northwest of Atlanta, Texas.

Balmorhea State Park has a large 77,053 sq. ft. artesian spring pool fed by San Solomon Spring. The spring also fills a desert wetland and the canals of a refuge, home to endangered species of fish, assorted invertebrates, and turtles. San Solomon Springs has provided water for travelers for thousands of years. Artifacts indicate Indians used the spring extensively. Balmorhea State Park is located on 45.9 acres in the foothills of the Davis Mountains, 4 miles southwest of Balmorhea, TX

Bastrop State Park is the site of the famous "Lost Pines," an isolated timbered region of loblolly pine and hardwoods. Bastrop State Park is a great for bike riding on 12 miles of a scenic trails through the Lost Pines. This roller coaster ride is part of the famed bike race from Houston to Austin. You can also enjoy some good fishing along the banks of Bastrop State Park Lake and a golf course, operated by the Lost Pines Golf Club, is one of the finest and most scenic18-hole golf courses in Central Texas.

Battleship Texas State Historic Site the Battleship "Texas" became the first battleship memorial museum in the U.S. The "Texas" was placed under the stewardship of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Battleship Texas State Historic Site is located within minutes of downtown Houston and a short distance to the beaches of Galveston Island.

Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park is headquarters of the World Birding Center. Birderwatchers across the nation know “Bentsen” as a treasure trove of birds found nowhere else in the United States but in the deepest South Texas and “Mexican vagrants”. Green Jays and Plain Chachalacas congregate regularly at feeding stations, and there are seasonal clouds of migrating Swainson’s and Broad-winged Hawks. There is also butterfly gardens, hummingbird feeders, and a two-story observation tower that gives visitors a bird’s-eye view of the canopy. Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park is located near Mission, TX

Big Bend Ranch State Park is the largest state park in Texas, with over 300,000 acres of Chihuahuan Desert. Big Bend Ranch State Park embraces some of the most remote and rugged terrain in the Southwest, it encompasses two mountain ranges containing ancient extinct volcanoes, canyons, and waterfalls. The area has been a crossroads of human activities for over 11,000 years. Big Bend Ranch State Park has more than 66 miles of trails, twenty-three miles of Rio Grande/Rio Bravo frontage, all this makes Big Bend Ranch an excellent starting point for multi-use recreational activities, fishing, boating, hiking, backpacking and there are over 300 bird species, making Big Bend Ranch State Park a birderwatchers paradise, as well. Big Bend Ranch State Park extends along the Rio Grande from southeast of Presidio, TX to near Lajitas, TX.

Big Spring State Park was named for a natural spring that was replaced by an artificial one. There is a three-mile drive that loops around the mountain following the ledge of limestone rimrock capping the bluff. Dramatic views off of the 200-foot bluff and from the loop road is one of the featured attractions of the 382-acre park. Big Spring State Park is located in Big Spring, just 36 miles east of Midland, TX.

Blanco State Park was used as a campsite by early explorers and settlers. A spring in the park made the location ideal when the river was dry. Blanco State Park has the Ira Caswell Nature Trail, a 3/4-mile loop trail, great for hiking or nature study. Blanco State Park is located on the south side of Blanco, TX

Bonham State Park is a 261-acre park, that includes a 65-acre lake. Bonham State Park is popular for fishing in the man-made lake. The lake shoreline provides habitats for beaver, raccoon, and a number of visiting songbirds. Bonham State Park is located 1.5 miles southeast of Bonham, TX

Brazos Bend State Park includes almost 5,000 acres of lakes, prairies and bottomland hardwood forests. At Brazos Bend State Park there are thirty-four miles of multiple-use trails, six lakes are easily accessible to fishermen, with piers located at 40-Acre, Elm and Hale Lake, and Brazos Bend State Park is a great place for birdwatchers, with over 290 species of birds, there is an observation tower and platforms for wildlife viewing. Archeological materials show that prehistoric people visited this area, possibly as early as 300 BC. Brazos Bend State Park is located approximately 28 miles southwest of Houston, TX.

Buescher State Park has1016.7 acres, there is a lake and scenic 12-mile-long, winding, and hilly, paved road between Buescher State Park and Bastrop State Parks, ideal for biking. Buescher State Park is located 2 miles northwest of Smithville, TX

Caddo Lake State Park consists of 8017.acres along Cypress Bayou. Much of Caddo Lake, the only natural lake in Texas, was created by a mass of trees and flood debris and is really a cypress swamp with a maze of sloughs, bayous, ponds, popular for hunting, fishing and other activities. Caddo Lake State Park is located north of Karnack, TX.

Caprock Canyons State Park & Trailway consists of 15,313.6 acres including the Trailway, a 64.25 mile Rail-to-Trail conversion. Caprock Canyons State Park offers 90 miles of multi-use tralis to hike, bike, and equestrian trails, that stretches through Floyd, Briscoe, and Hall counties crossing 46 bridges and running through Clarity tunnel, one of the last active railroad tunnels in Texas. The Caprock Canyons is home of the official Texas State Bison Herd. There is boating on a no-wake lake, Lake Theom and a a scenic drive. Caprock Canyons State Park & Trailway is located 3.5 miles in Quitaque, TX

Cedar Hill State Park is a 1,826 acre urban nature preserve located on the 7500 acre Joe Pool Reservoir. There is over 100 miles of shoreline making Joe Pool State Park a major boating and fishing attraction. Cedar Hill State Park is home to the premier North Texas mountain bike trail, and the DORBA trail, named for the volunteers of the Dallas Off Road Biking Association. Cedar Hill State Park is located 10 miles southwest of Dallas, 4 miles southeast of Grand Prairie, and 3 miles west of Cedar Hill, TX

Choke Canyon State Park is located on the 26,000-acre Choke Canyon Reservoir, a water supply for Corpus Christi. Choke Canyon State Park consists of two units, South Shore and Calliham. The Calliham Unit, contains 1100 acres, The South Shore Unit, a day-use only park contains 385 acres. Calliham Unit has a sports complex with a gymnasium, shuffleboard, tennis, volleyball, full basketball courts and there is also a man-made, 75-acre lake adjacent to the tent camping area. South Shore Unit is located 3.5 miles west of Three Rivers. Calliham Unit is located 12 miles west of Three Rivers, TX

Cleburne State Park is a 528-acre park that encompasses a 116-acre, spring-fed lake. Cleburne State Park has 5.5 miles of mountain bike trails. Fishing and boating on Cedar Lake is where you can catch crappie, bass, catfish, blue gill, and red ear sunfish. Cleburne State Park is located 10 miles southwest of Cleburne, TX

Colorado Bend State Park is a 5328.3-acre park, located west of Lampasas.

Cooper Lake State Park has 3,026 acres. Cooper Lake State Park consists of two units, Doctors Creek Unit with 715.5 acres, and South Sulphur Unit with 2,310.5 acres. Cooper Lake consists of 19,300 acres. Cooper Lake State Park has one of the best all around fishing lakes in the region, the fish likely to be caught are Blue and Channel Catfish, Blue Gill, Florida Largemouth Bass, Crappie and Hybrid Striped Bass. Cooper Lake State Park is centrally located to surrounding communities, including Paris, Cooper, Greenville, Sulphur Springs and Commerce as well as the urban centers of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex and Texarkana.

Copper Breaks State Park consists of 1898.8 acres, located between Quanah and Crowell, TX

Daingerfield State Park is a 506.913-acre recreational area including an 80-surface-acre lake. Daingerfield State Park is especialy popular for wildlife observation and photography of white-tailed deer, tame ducks, geese, raccoons, armadillos, and squirrels. Fish in the lake include crappie, perch, catfish, bass, and chain pickerel. Daingerfield State Park is located east of Daingerfield, TX

Davis Mountains State Park, 2708.9 acres in size, is located four miles northwest of Fort Davis, approximately halfway between Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Carlsbad Caverns, and Big Bend National Park. The Davis Mountains, is the most extensive mountain range in Texas. Attractions include scenic drives, two scenic overlooks, and 4 miles of hiking trails connecting with Fort Davis National Historic Site. Davis Mountains State Park is located 1 mile north of Fort Davis, TX

Dinosaur Valley State Park is a 1524.72-acre, scenic park set astride the Paluxy River. Dinosaur Valley State Park contains some of the best preserved dinosaur tracks in the world. There are two fiberglass models; a 70-foot Apatosaurus and a 45-foot Tyrannosaurus Rex. They were built, under commission of the Sinclair Oil Company, New York World's Fair Dinosaur Exhibit of 1964 - 1965. Dinosaur Valley State Park is located 4 miles west of Glen Rose, TX.

Eisenhower State Park is located northwest of Denison on the shores of Lake Texoma. Some of the things which add to the history of the area are the American Indian; Butterfield Overland stage routes; Chisholm and Shawnee cattle drive trails; Fort Johnson, established in the area in 1840; and Colbert's Crossing, established on the Red River in 1853 and operated until 1931.

Fairfield Lake State Park has 1460 acres, located 6 miles northeast of Fairfield. Activities in Fairfield Lake State Park include hiking, day use equestrian use, nature study, bird watching, including boating and fishing on a 2400-acre lake. Texas Utilities built its dam, creating Fairfield Lake as a cooling system for its new power plant. Because of our warm water, people come from all over Texas to enjoy fishing opportunities. From November through February, threy have tournaments every weekend. Fishing Clubs from the Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Waco, Austin, and Tyler areas host tournaments here. What makes Fairfield different then most lakes is that, because of the warm winter temperatures, it is stocked with Red Drum (aka Red Fish). The state record for Inland Red Drum was taken here at Fairfield Lake. (44 inches, 36.83 lbs.)

Falcon State Park has Falcon Lake, a big fishing paradise, and is very popular with bird watchers. Falcon State Park has 572.6 acres, and located just north of Roma, TX

Fort Boggy State Park consists of 1847 acres. The palisade fort (upright logs set in the ground). The fort was 75 yards square and enclosed two blockhouses and eleven dwellings that housed 75 people by the end of 1840. Activities at Fort Boggy State Park include fishing, hiking and mountain biking. There is a lake (approximately 15 acres) open to small boats. Fort Boggy State Park is located about 4 miles south of Centerville, TX

Fort Parker State Park includes 1458.8 acres, located between Mexia and Groesbeck. Fort Parker State Park has a dam across the Navasota River, creating Fort Parker Lake. The park was named for Fort Parker, a nearby historic settlement established in 1833. The parklands encompass the historic town of Springfield. Springfield was established in 1838.

Fort Richardson State Park, Historic Site & Lost Creek Reservoir State Trailway is located northwest of Fort Worth, and 1/2 mile south of Jacksboro. Fort Richardson was established in November 1867. Fort site structures include seven of the original buildings which have been restored. There are also two replicas: officers and enlisted men's barracks. The officers' barracks houses the Interpretive Center. There is a trail head at Fort Richardson State Park & Historic Site and a trail head on Lost Creek Reservoir.

Franklin Mountains State Park protects the outstanding scenic, ecological, and historic features of the Franklin Mountains. The Franklin Mountains are the northern ramparts of the Paso del Norte (Pass of the North), leading from Mexico into what is now the United States. For thousands of years, native Americans, and others passed through the gap in both directions in an endless procession of expansion. Native Americans left their marks in colorful pictographs on boulders and in rock shelters. Two hiking trails are currently accessible off of Loop 375/Trans-Mountain Road. Work is underway for a trail network that will ultimately offer over a 100-mile system. Rock climbing is just one of the park's newest recreational activities. With established climbing areas in McKelligon Canyon. Birding in the El Paso area will take one into and through the Franklin Mountains. Franklin Mountains State Park is located within the city limits of El Paso, TX.

Galveston Island State Park in the City of Galveston on the west end of Galveston Island. It is a 2,013.1-acre site. Galveston Island is believed to be approximately 5000 years old and has had an interesting history during the past 500 years. Beach or surf fishing for spotted seatrout, sandtrout, redfish, black drum, croaker, and flounder are popular pastimes.

Garner State Park has ten acres of riverfront. Visitors flock there to enjoy swimming in the clear waters of the Frio River, scoot its rapids on inner tubes, and hike fascinating nature trails. Garner State Park is located thirty miles north of Uvalde, 9 miles south of Leakey, or 8 miles north of Concan, TX

Goliad State Park & Historic Site serves as a hub for visiting the Mission Espíritu Santo State Historic Site (located in the park), the Presidio La Bahía, the Ignacio Zaragoza Birthplace State Historic Site, and the Goliad Historic District. The park, located on the San Antonio River, contains a refurnished replica of Mission Nuestra Senora del Espíritu Santo de Zuniga, reconstructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. The mission was originally established in 1722 near Matagorda Bay and moved to its present site in 1749. This mission was the first large cattle ranch in Texas. Goliad State Park & Historic Site is located 1/4 mile south of Goliad, TX

Goose Island State Park has 321.4 acres, surrounded by the St. Charles and Aransas Bays. The "Big Tree" named State Champion Coastal Live Oak in 1969, is thought to be one of the largest in the nation. Estimated to be over 1000 years old, the "Big Tree" has a circumference of 35 feet, is 44 feet in height and has a crown spread of 90 feet. Located directly across St. Charles Bay from the park are the wintering grounds for rare and endangered whooping cranes. Goose Island State Park is located north of Rockport, TX

Guadalupe River State Park is bisected by the clear-flowing waters of the Guadalupe River. The park is comprised of a 1938.7-acre segment of the Texas Hill Country. Outdoor activities including canoeing, fishing, tubing, AND hiking. The park recently opened a 5.3 miles equestrian trail that is also open to mountain biking. Guadalupe River State Park is located 30 miles north of downtown San Antonio or 13 miles east of Boerne, TX

Huntsville State Park is a 2083.2-acre recreational area, with 19 miles of hiking & biking trails. Huntsville State Park adjoins the Sam Houston National Forest and encloses the 210-acre Lake Raven. Lake Raven, fed by three major creeks, offers fishing. Huntsville State Park is located 6 miles southwest of Huntsville.

Inks Lake State Park is in the Highland Lakes chain (7 lakes) surrounded by granite hills. At Inks Lake State Park you enjoy 7.5 miles of hiking trails, including 1.5 miles of backpacking trails; and a 9-hole golf course. Inks Lake State Park is located 9 miles west of Burnet, TX.

Kickapoo Cavern State Park features include 15 known caves, two of which are large enough to be significant. Kickapoo Cavern is approximately one-quarter mile in length, Stuart Bat Cave is slightly shorter than Kickapoo cavern. Other features include 14 miles of mountain biking trails, and 18 miles of undesignated hiking & birding trails. Kickapoo Cavern State Park is currently open through guided bird walks, wild cave tours, and evening bat flights, only. Kickapoo Cavern State Park is located near Brackettville TX.

Lake Arrowhead State Park has Lake Arrowhead, a reservoir on the Little Wichita River that covers approximately 16,200 surface acres, built primarily as a water supply by the City of Wichita Falls, the lake is also a major recreational site. Lake Arrowhead State Park is home to a Black-tailed Prairie Dog "town". located near Wichita Falls, TX

Lake Bob Sandlin State Park is a 639.8-acre park located on the shoreline on the north side of the 9400-acre Lake Bob Sandlin. In1841, Fort Sherman, a wooden stockade is believed to be in or near the park, the Fort Sherman cemetery is located in the park. Lake Bob Sandlin State Park is located 12 miles southwest of Mt. Pleasant is popular for fishing.

Lake Brownwood State Park is situated on Lake Brownwood, a 7300-surface-acre reservoir created by damming Pecan Bayou, which is a tributary of the Colorado River. Lake Brownwood State Park is located 16 miles northwest of Brownwood.

Lake Casa Blanca International State Park located east of Laredo, consists of 371 land acres and 1650 lake surface acres.

Lake Colorado City State Park is a 500-acre park, with more than five miles of shoreline, the 500 acres of park land afford numerous outdoor activities. Lake Colorado City State Park is located 11 miles southwest of Colorado City , TX.

Lake Corpus Christi State Park area became the site of several settlement attempts in the 18th and 19th centuries. Lake Corpus Christi State Park is located along the Nueces River, 4 miles southwest of Mathis TX

Lake Livingston State Park located 1 mile south of Livingston, contains 635 acres along Lake Livingston a 84,800-acre reservoir. Lake Livingston State Park is also near the ghost town of Swartwout and a steamboat landing on the Trinity River in the 1830s and 1850s.

Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway consists of 3282.5 acres, and encompasses Lake Mineral Wells. A well was drilled on the land, the water seemed to have "curative powers". Mineral Wells became a world renowned health resort, that brought people from all walks of life to bath and take "the cure." The trailway is 20 miles long and ten feet wide, and is located on a railroad bed, that winds through remote farm and ranch lands and ends in downtown Weatherford.Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway is located 4 miles east of Mineral Wells, or begins 14 miles west of Weatherford

Lake Somerville State Park & Trailway consists of four units: Birch Creek, Nails Creek, Lake Somerville Trailway, and the Somerville Wildlife Management Area. At the western edge of Lake Somerville, is Flag Pond and numerous other duck ponds, marshes and bogs.The Somerville Trailway has one of the best spring wildflower displays in the Texas State Park System.

Lake Tawakoni State Park is a 376.3-acre parkwith 5.2 miles of shoreline along the shore of the reservoir. The reservoir's primary purpose is to provide a municipal and industrial water supply for the surrounding communities and the City of Dallas. With a shoreline of approximately 200 miles, stretching through Hunt, Rains, and Van Zandt counties, Lake Tawakoni provides water-oriented recreation for much of central northeast Texas.

Lake Texana State Park is located on Lake Texana, a reservoir on the Navidad River, which covers 11,000 surface acres, with approximately 125 miles of shoreline. Lake Texana was named for the historic town of Texana. Lake Texana State Park is located 6.5 miles east of Edna, TX

Lake Whitney State Park is located on Lake Whitney near ruins of Towash, an early Texas settlement inundated by Lake Whitney. Towash Village was named for the chief of Hainai Indians. There are 40 species of wildflowers and 194 species of birds have been spotted, including wild turkeys and bald eagles. Lake Whitney State Park is located 3 miles west of Whitney, TX

Lockhart State Park is located 1 mile south of Lockhart . The Emanuel Episcopal Church in Lockhart is one of the oldest Protestant churches in continuous use in Texas.

Longhorn Cavern State Park features a cave that has been used as a shelter since prehistoric times. The cave was created by a downward drainage of water, until great underground stream beds were cut out of solid rock. It is this unusual combination of dissolving and cutting by water that makes Longhorn Cavern one of the most unique caves of the world. Longhorn Cavern is near four different lakes that offer excellent opportunities in fishing, and hunting. Longhorn Cavern State Park is located approximately 6 miles west and 6 miles south of Burnet

Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site honors a native Texan who achieved the nation's highest office, President. The park contains memorabilia from President Johnson's presidency and interactive displays. An outdoor amphitheater is used for a variety of programs. A nature trail, including a Hill Country botanical exhibit, winds past wildlife enclosures stocked with bison, white-tailed deer, wild turkey, other native wildlife and longhorn cattle. The Sauer-Beckmann Farmstead located east of the visitor center and off the nature trial, is a living history farm. Tours of the complex, including the Sauer-Beckmann farm with its smokehouse, Victorian style house, garden, and log house lasts approximately an hour; Tours of the LBJ Ranch, located across the Pedernales River, are offered by the National Park Service.

Martin Creek Lake State Park consists of 286.9 acres and the 5000-acre Martin Creek Lake. Martin Creek Lake State Park offers users a wide spectrum of outdoor activities, one of the more popular activities is fishing. There is a 1.5 mile hiking trail, a 6-mile mountain bike trail and a Civil War era building remains, and it has been converted into a storage shed. Traces of the old roads that brought prosperity to Harmony Hill can still be seen in the park and are part of the hiking trail. Martin Creek Lake State Park is located 20 mi. SE of Longview.

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Meridian State Park

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Monahans Sand Hills State Park

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Pedernales Falls State Park

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Sea Rim State Park

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