Texas State Park

The great state of Texas has over ninety parks within the Texas State Park system. The beautiful state of Texas has many fascinating adventures to offer those who love the outdoors. The sprawling state boasts one of the most intriguing and awe inspiring state park systems in the country. The variety of geographical terrain, ecosystems and wild life is amazing. With so many parks to choose you will want to visit the most popular parks within the state.

The most visited park is the Enchanted Rock State Natural Area located near the city of Fredericksburg.
The park encompasses over 1,600 acres and includes a 500-foot pink granite dome shaped formation, which is designated as a National Landmark. This magnificent park is open seven days a week and is only closed during designated hunts. The park allows tent camping and the facilities include a pavilion, fire rings, grills, tent pads, Texas State Park Store, hiking trails, interpretive center, restrooms and showers. You will encounter an abundance of wild life while hiking the many available trails. The 1,000-foot long fissure will challenge the experienced rock climber with its steep and slick surfaces. The park address is 16710 Ranch Rd 965, Fredericksburg, TX 78624 and for additional information, you may call (830)685-3636.

Located in the Chihuahuan Desert is the Big Bend Ranch State Park. This is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. This is the largest state park in Texas covering a staggering 300,000 acres of extreme wilderness and rugged beauty. The Rio Grande and the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo corridor provide 23 miles of kayaking or canoeing. There are over 66 miles of hiking trails and the park surrounds two mountain ranges, extinct volcanoes, refreshing waterfalls and numerous canyons. Here you will enjoy opportunities to rock climb, mountain bike and enjoy the park on horseback. There are many camping areas, which include restrooms and showers. If you wish to enjoy the park while still enjoying modern conveniences, you can choose to stay at several lodges within the area. This is a rugged and pristine park with numerous waterfalls and exhilarating views. There are two entrances to the park. The west entrance is at Fort Leaton State Historic Site and the east entrance is located at the Barton Warnock Environmental Education Center. You may call 512-389-8919 for camping and lodging reservations. For additional information on this park, it is best to visit the Texas State Park website. Here you will find downloadable driving directions and park maps.

Garner State Park is popular among campers and boasts the most overnight visitors of any park in Texas. With over 200,000 overnight visitors each year, it is best to make reservations. This is a wonderful park for outdoor fun. It includes and 18-hole Putt Putt golf course, tubing, kayaking, hiking and mountain biking. You will also enjoy an abundance of nature from white tailed deer to black rock squirrels. You will enjoy hiking through canyons and across clear refreshing streams. Although the park covers a mere 1400 acres, it is a favorite destination for families. You can set up camp or rent one of the many available cabins. The benefit of renting a cabin makes this an ideal vacation spot for families to enjoy an outdoor adventure and spend quality time with each other. The address of the park is 234 RR 1050, Concan, TX 78838 and you may call (830) 232-6132 for additional information and reservations.

The Texas State Park system is one of the best in the country. If you plan to visit several parks, you may find it beneficial and more economical to purchase a state park pass. This pass allows the passholder and guests to visit any of the ninety state parks without paying an admission fee. It will also provide discounts at park stores and equipment rentals. A one-card membership is available for $60 and may be purchased at any of the Texas State Parks.