Best state parks in Texas

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Explore the most popular state parks in Texas with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
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Best state parks (111)
#1 - Palo Duro Canyon State Park
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Park activities include camping, horseback riding, hiking, nature study, bird watching, mountain biking, and scenic drives. While in the park, stop by and enjoy our Visitor Center located on the Canyon Rim. This rustic native stone building was constructed by the CCC in 1934 and houses a Museum and Museum Store. The store is located in the Visitor Center and features books, potter, jewelry, and educational items pertaining to the Canyon. Adult : $8 Daily Child 12 Years and Under: FreeShow more
#2 - Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
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Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, spans the border between Gillespie County and Llano County, south of the Llano River. Visitors can enjoy a variety of activities such as hike, backpack, camp, rock climb, picnic, bird, study nature, geocache and stargaze. Adult: $8 Daily Child 12 Years and Under: FreeShow more
#3 - Huntsville State Park
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Huntsville State Park is made up of Lake Raven and its surrounding pinewoods forrest. You can fish, swim, kayak or even paddle boat on the lake. After spending the day exploring and hiking the park, you can stay overnight at one of the shelters or campsites. 13 years and older : $7 Daily Child 12 Years and Under: FreeShow more
#4 - Franklin Mountains State Park
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Visitors can enjoy a variety of activities such as hiking, biking, rock climbing bird/nature watching and picnicking. Visit for the day or camp overnight. The park conducts tours open to the general public. These ranger-led tours are conducted on the first and third weekends of the month. Reservations are preferred, with tours limited to ten persons. For all tours/general hiking in the Franklin Mountains, wear good shoes, preferably hiking boots, weather-appropriate clothing, and travel in pairs. Always bring plenty of water and snacks. Cell phones are advised if available. Entrance Fees Adult: $5 Daily Child 12 Years and Under: Free Group - Adult: Contact the ParkShow more
#5 - Lost Maples State Natural Area
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Lost Maples State Natural Area can be visited year-round, though it is particularly renown for its maple fall colors and spring wild flowers. The Sabinal River runs through the park and its canyon. Adult : $6 Daily Child 12 Years and Under: FreeShow more
#6 - Colorado Bend State Park
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Featuring Gorman Falls, Spicewood Springs, and the Colorado River, Colorado Bend State Park has fantastic hiking trails and is also great for mountain biking, cave tours, exploring waterfalls, and seeing the Colorado River. Paddle sports are popular here, and it is possible to travel both up and down stream with normal water levels. There is also camping available. Daily use is $5. Show more
#7 - Inks Lake State Park
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Visitors enjoy camping, backpacking, and hiking. Inks Lake is a constant level lake, so droughts do not affect water-related activities such as lake swimming (unsupervised beach), boating, water skiing, scuba diving, and fishing.Show more
#8 - McKinney Falls State Park
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McKinney Falls State Park is located in Austin, Texas, United States at the confluence of Onion Creek and Williamson Creek. Visitors can enjoy a variety of activities including camping, hiking, mountain biking, road biking, picnicking, fishing, and wildlife observation. Swimming is now allowed in Onion Creek. While learning about Thomas F. McKinney and the history of the park's land use at the Smith Visitor Center. Fees: Adult: $6 Daily Child 12 Years and Under: FreeShow more
#9 - Eisenhower State Park
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Adult: $5 Daily Child 12 Years and Under: FreeShow more
#10 - Pedernales Falls State Park
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Activities include camping, picnicking, hiking, swimming, tubing, mountain biking, fishing, bird watching, and horseback riding (customers must bring their own horses and no overnight equestrian camping is allowed.) River recreation is in a limited area beginning at the Youth Group Camping area and down river to the park boundary. Entrance Fees: 13 years and older : $6 Daily Child 12 Years and Under: Free Reserve by phone: (512) 389-8900 Weekends and holidays are very busy and parking can be difficult. People with camping reservations will be able to enter when parking lots are full. Show more
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