EXPLORE These 21 Texas State Parks

If you want to explore the great outdoors in Texas, you’ll find no shortage of parks.

Texas has 89 state parks, historic sites, and natural areas to explore.

21

Bastrop State Park

Located 35 miles from downtown Austin.

20

Guadalupe River State Park

A short, easy drive from San Antonio and Austin.

19

Palo Duro Canyon State Park

Located near Amarillo, Palo Duron Canyon is the second-largest canyon in the United States.

18

Caprock Canyon State Park & Trailway

The bison roaming free throughout the park makes this lesser-known Texas State Park really special.

17

San Angelo State Park

Check out bison and real Texas Longhorn cattle, hike, camp, fish, and geocache.

16

Pedernales Falls State Park

Located along the Pedernales River, nine miles east of Johnson City.

15

Blanco State Park

This small park is a summertime favorite of South and Central Texans as well as Texas Hill Country residents.

14

Mustang Island State Park

Located near Port Aransas and has five miles of Texas Gulf Coast running through the park.

13

Garner State Park

One of the most popular state parks in Texas

12

Davis Mountains State Park

Watch birds at the “best little bird blind in Texas.”

11

Caddo Lake State Park

The largest natural lake in Texas, and the unique East Texas bayou landscape is popular with visitors.

10

Brazos Bend State Park

There’s a boardwalk for wildlife viewing. Both shore and pier fishing are available. Watch out for Alligators.

9

Balmorhea State Park

A cool oasis in the high desert of West Texas that is most popular for its spring-fed swimming pool.

8

Lockhart State Park

Has both a golf course and a swimming pool.

7

Palmetto State Park

Offers a little taste of the tropics in Central Texas. Named for the dwarf Palmetto trees that grow throughout the park.

6

Big Bend Ranch State Park

This remote park stretches along the Rio Grande in far west Texas, on the U.S.-Mexico border.

5

McKinney Falls State Park

Stunning views await at this beautiful park featuring water from Onion Creek that rushes over the limestone.

4

Inks Lake State Park

Very popular and frequently appears at the top of the best Texas State Parks lists.

3

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

If you’re interested in dark sky viewing, night hikes, or star parties, this is your place.

2

Lost Maples State Natural Area

The glorious fall colors draw the most visitors. But spring brings wildflowers and the river are beautiful all year.

1

Government Canyon State Natural Area

The biggest draw is the hike to 110 million-year-old dinosaur tracks.

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