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Texas State Parks and Historic Sites
Outside of Bandera, just 45 miles from San Antonio, Hill Country State Natural Area seems much further from civilization than it really is. The unspoiled vistas and challening terrain draw hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrian trail riders alike. For more information, visit http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/hill_country/
32 miles northeast of El Paso, Hueco Tanks is named for the large natural rock basins or "huecos" (WAY-KOES) that have furnished a supply of trapped rain water to dwellers and travelers in this arid region of west Texas for millennia. Rock paintings at the site date back thousands of years. To protect these historical resources, reservations are required to visit the park. Better yet, make a reservation for one of the park's many guided bouldering, hiking and pictograph tours. Call 1-800-792-1112 or visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
When it comes to rock art, Hueco Tanks, east of El Paso, is in a class by itself with rock art that dates back 6000 years. Unfortunately, over the years some of the pictographs have been damaged by graffiti. But now a new type of laser technology is about to turn back time. It's a laser light show that wipes away the graffiti but doesn't affect the pictograph underneath. For more on Hueco Tanks State Park, see http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/hueco-tanks
New laser technology is being put to the test at Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic Site. Can lasers be used to remove graffiti paint and leave ancient pictographs unharmed? Here is a glimpse into this work that has never been tried before. The entire story will air on Texas Parks and Wildlife Television the week of October 21-27, 2012.
Just north of Houston, Huntsville State Park adjoins the Sam Houston National Forest and encloses the 210-acre Lake Raven. Visitors enjoy hiking, camping, fishing and relaxing in the peace of the east Texas forest. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
A little over an hour northwest of Austin, Inks Lake State Park offers a pristine hill country experience. Visitors enjoy swimming, fishing, camping and hiking. There's even a scenic 9-hole golf course. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
Kickapoo Cavern State Park Bats, birds and caverns are what you'll find at this secluded state park. Located north of Del Rio, you can experience the flight of the Mexican free-tailed bat, have a guided cavern tour to see the largest column formation in Texas, and possibly see the endangered golden-cheeked warbler while exploring the park. You can watch this story on the Texas Parks & Wildlife television show the week of January 8-14, 2012. It repeats the week of July 8-14, 2012 on the Texas PBS stations. www.tpwd.state.tx.us/tv
Near Wichita Falls, Lake Arrowhead State Park is famous for its prairie dogs and crappie fishing. Just a few hours from Dallas-Fort Worth, the park offers plenty to please kids and grownups alike. Info. at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/lake_arrowhead/
About 2 hours east of Dallas, Lake Bob Sandlin State Park offers beautiful forests and a great lake for fishing, swimming and boating. Info. at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/lake_bob_sandlin/
Located near the geographic center of Texas, Lake Brownwood State Park is a showcase of Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) handiwork. The 7300 acre lake is a great spot for fishing, boating, swimming, picnicking and camping. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
Lake Casa Blanca State Park is located near the Texas border town of Laredo. The park's 1650 acre lake is a great spot for fishing, boating and birdwatching. The park is a popular gathering spot for locals seeking a getaway from urban life and for winter Texans (or "snowbirds") who enjoy the area's mild winter climate. The park offers facilities for picnicking, camping, and group gatherings. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
Located halfway between Midland and Abilene, Lake Colorado City State Park offers visitors plenty of space for water recreation. The lake was designed to provide cooling water for a nearby power plant, making it a popular fishing spot. Visitors also enjoy swimming, boating, camping and nature watching along the 5 miles of shoreline. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
Lake Corpus Christi State Park is the perfect spot to cool off during the summer and stay warm in the winter. The park attracts over 300 species of birds along with rabbits, javelina and other wildlife. Popular with winter Texans, Lake Corpus Christi offers a scenic setting for enjoying the outdoors year round. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
About an hour north of Houston, Lake Livingston State Park sits along 635 acres of the east Texas reservoir. In addition to fishing and boating, the heavily wooded park is a nice place to hike, bike, camp or just picnic by the lake. The park also has a swimming pool and stables for horseback riding. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
About 45 minutes west of Fort Worth, Mineral Wells was a world renowned health resort in the 19th century thanks to the well water, which was believed to have curative powers. Today, you can still buy some of the "crazy water" but better yet, why not enjoy a dip at Lake Mineral Wells State Park? The park's 20-mile trailway follows an abandoned rail path, making it a car-free trail for hiking, biking and horseback riding. The park is also popular with rock climbers. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org
Convenient to both Houston and Austin, Lake Somerville State Park and Trailway is the perfect place to reconnect with nature. The park has a 13 mile trailway for hiking, biking and horseback riding. Visitors can also swim, paddle, fish, camp and choose among the park's many interpretive programs. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org
Lake Tawakoni was built to supply water to the city of Dallas. Occupying almost 400 adjacent acres and with 5 miles of shoreline, Lake Tawakoni State Park offers visitors access to fishing, boating, camping and swimming. And if you are there during the spring, you might get to see giant spider webs constructed by tiny spiders. For more information, visit our web site: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/lake_tawakoni/
In October 2007 Lake Tawakoni State Park, near Dallas, was ground zero for a "spider spectacle" that made news around the world. Thousands of spiders spun a massive web that blanketed a 200-foot section of trees.
Halfway between Houston and Corpus Christi, Lake Texana State Park is a great spot for swimming, boating, fishing and wildlife viewing - including deer and alligators. The park features a Nature Center and offers interpretive programs throughout the year. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
About 1.5 hours south of the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex, Lake Whitney State Park is a beautiful setting for enjoying the outdoors. Recreational activities include swimming, fishing, boating, scuba diving, hiking, biking, nature watching and camping. The park also includes a small airstrip used by miniature aviation enthusiasts.
LBJ State Park & Historic Site near Fredericksburg offers history, beautiful hill country scenery and the Sauer Beckman Living History Farm. This "White House of the West" is truly a unique piece of Texas. More info. at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/lyndon_b_johnson/
The annual tree lighting caps off an evening of Christmas traditions at LBJ State Park & Historic Site near Fredericksburg http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/lyndon_b_johnson/
Located at the LBJ State Park near Fredericksburg, the Sauer Beckmann Living History Farm shows life as it was in 1915. Tours available http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/lyndon_b_johnson/#sauer
Wildlife Management Areas function as living laboratories, where wildlife, nature, and scientific research come together. Take a tour of some of these interesting ecosystems all across the state of Texas http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild/hunt/wma/
Lockhart State Park is located near the barbeque capital of Texas, about 30 minutes south of Austin. The park has a swimming pool, 9 hole golf course and plenty of space for hiking, biking, camping and, yes, barbequing. (You can decide whether to grill your own or bring takeout.) For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
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