Enjoying this beautiful fall weather? Well, attention all nature lovers: The state parks in Texas are officially open for life-changing experiences! Whether you are in pursuit of a long hike, a white water rafting adventure, or a tranquil camping experience under the stars with your family, Texas state parks have something for everyone.

Inks Lake

This state park is located off the magical Colorado River. The lake waters provide a number of water activities including paddle boating, swimming, kayaking, water skiing, fishing and scuba diving. You can also hit the trails for a hike. You will find trails for individuals of all hiking levels and capabilities. And, for a different type of adventure, a few fun secret places exist in the form of a canyon and a waterhole.

Longhorn Cavern

The Longhorn Cavern State Park may be the most unique of all state parks. This park has many legends and tales surrounding its vast history; however, it is the makeup of the caverns that leaves people in awe. You can explore the cavern by a guided tour. Keep in mind that you can enter the park for free, however, you do have to pay to enter the cavern. Many different types of tours exist from photography to history depending upon your interest. You can also hike and picnic in the park.

Lyndon B. Johnson

You will find this park to be equally as individual as all other parks in the state. Here, you can tour the visitor center to see the former president’s memorabilia. Throughout the park, you will see longhorns and buffalo. This park is home to one of the most stunning wildflower reserves in the country. You can also tour the land to visit additional gardens and historical homes. They also have many interactive programs throughout the year for the whole family.

McKinney Falls

This park is hugely popular due to its close proximity to Austin. Despite its location, the park is hardly lacking for entertainment and excitement. You can camp here in any of the many campsites that feature both electric and water hookups or you can stay in cabins. Trails for walking, hiking, and biking are widely available, and many places exist to go swimming and fishing.

Pedernales Falls

Pedernales Falls is possibly one of the most family friendly for kids. It features a number of water activities such as tubing, wading, swimming, and fishing. You can also camp overnight here, as well as ride horses. In this park, you can truly get away from it all and enjoy the complete serenity of nature in the middle of the limestone-laden river, and a seven-mile trail exists that is ideal for families to enjoy together.

Do not forget that you can purchase a park pass that will provide you with unlimited access to all state parks in Texas for a year without ever having to pay any additional entry fees. Many discounts are available for a wide variety of individuals. Happy exploring!


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