state parks

Recovering Lost Memories at Brazos Bend State Park

January 29, 2024 | By Meghan Beaudry

What to Do in Texas in 2024

January 12, 2024 | By TH Staff

The 2023 Texas Traveler’s Gift Guide

December 1, 2023 | By Danielle Lopez

27 Hours Lost in Big Bend Ranch: How One Man Survived a Hike Gone Wrong

November 13, 2023 | By Emily Brindley

Trail Blazing in Wild Texas

October 24, 2023 | By Robyn Ross

Pucker Up for a ‘Longhorn Kiss’ at Copper Breaks State Park in Quanah

June 5, 2023 | By Melissa Gaskill

The Texas State Parks system marks its 100th anniversary this year. With 89 parks, natural areas, and historic sites to choose from, visitors can experience all kinds of outdoor activities.

Editor’s Note: Weekend Wanders

May 30, 2023 | By Emily Roberts Stone

When I think back on favorite weekend trips, it’s often simple moments that stand out. Last fall, my husband and I took our children, then 7 and 9, to Garner State Park for the first time.

An Adventurer’s Guide to Texas State Parks

May 2, 2023 | By Pam LeBlanc

Find Adventure in Texas’ Lesser-Known State Parks

May 2, 2023 | By Clayton Maxwell

When the Sun Goes Down at Texas State Parks

May 2, 2023 | By

Your Beginner’s Guide to Hiking in Texas

October 27, 2022 | By Amelia Nonemacher

How One Houston Family Visited All 89 Texas State Parks—And More

August 8, 2022 | By Natalia Gonzalez Blanco Serrano

These 7 Less-Visited Texas State Parks Offer Solitude During COVID-19

October 21, 2020 | By Julia Jones

My Favorite Texas Trip: Nature’s Gifts in Lost Maples State Natural Area

August 5, 2020 | By Tyson Bird

There were a few things I expected to give up when I moved from chilly Idaho to sunny Texas: excellent hiking, fun state parks, and abundant fall colors.

Photo: Monahans Sandhills State Park

October 31, 2019 | By

West Texas winds transform an ever-changing landscape of sand dunes at the 3,840-acre Monahans Sandhills State Park. The field of dunes begins south of Monahans and stretches north into New Mexico. Opened in 1957, the state park harbors a peaceful Chihuahuan Desert playground where people can explore the rolling landscape, slide down the hills, picnic, camp, and take in extraordinary sunrises and sunsets.

Summer for Procrastinators: Lost Maples State Natural Area

June 27, 2019 | By Anna-Kay Reeves

Lost Maples is most often touted as a destination for viewing fall foliage, but the shade from the trees make the park a cooler and more comfortable hiking destination in the summer.

Atta Girl: Lucy the ‘Bark Ranger’ Completes Quest to Visit All 95 Texas State Parks

April 24, 2019 | By Dale Blasingame

The title of “bark ranger” comes with great responsibility and even greater dedication. Lucy, my 5-year-old rescue dog, knows this better than most.

18 Places to Go in Texas in 2018

December 28, 2017 | By Clayton Maxwell

From El Paso to Galveston, uncover our top 18 travel must-dos for 2018.

Ten parks. One day.

October 31, 2016 | By

Ten state parks in one day? It’s not entirely impossible.

Cabin Fever

January 11, 2016 | By Daniel Blue Tyx

“But won’t it be cold?” my in-laws asked, when I first proposed the idea of a February getaway to Garner State Park.

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