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Meet Isabella Neff, the Mother of Texas State Parks

May 2, 2023 | By Traces of Texas

Gov. Pat Neff, who established the Texas State Parks Board in 1923, wasn’t the only member of his family who played a crucial role in developing Texas’ parks system.

The Mother Lode

December 31, 2009 | By Lori Moffatt

About 30 miles south of Waco, near the town of Moody, Mother Neff State Park spreads across 259 acres of limestone hills, Central Texas prairie, and riparian ecosystems—an idyllic setting for birdwatching, fishing, and events such as weddings and family reunions, but especially attractive to hikers.

All in the Family

December 31, 2009 | By Martha Deeringer

Today’s Texas State Park system, which includes more than 90 state parks, historic sites, natural areas, and visitors centers from Abilene to Washington-on-the-Brazos, offers visitors myriad opportunities to commune with the outdoors and learn about the history of the state.

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