When you think about Texas, most people envision cowboys and hear the word “y’all” in their heads; yet, Texas is home to several beautiful places found in their state parks. Here are five state parks in Texas worth a visit.
Galveston Island State Park
Galveston Island State Park is a beach sanctuary for swimmers, fishermen and women, and bird watchers. The state park has dozens of campsites and lovely weather almost year round. Traveling easily back and forth from Galveston to Houston Texas makes this state park one of the more easily accessible and popular parks in the state.
Mustang Island State Park
If you are interested in a quieter beach in Texas, then look no further than Mustang Island. Located near Corpus Christi, the pristine white beaches stretch along the Gulf of Mexico for almost twenty miles. Paddling and kayaking are two very popular aquatic sports in this area, so be sure to look into the many water trail options.
Caprock Canyons State Park
With its enormous rock faces, sculptural cliffs, and green foliage, Caprock Canyon is a rock climber and hiker’s dream. The park is one of the largest in the state, and it offers a wide variety of recreational sports. From horseback riding to safely observing the park’s bison, there is something adventurous here for every type of nature lover.
Colorado Bend State Park
This park gets its name from the Colorado River, which freely flows through this peaceful forest. The water creates more than one gorgeous waterfall, allowing campers and hikers to get a close look at truly magnificent and rare scenery in Texas. The forest canopy over the trails allows for some cooler hiking conditions year round too.
Cedar Hill State Park
A favorite among the locals in Dallas-Fort Worth, Cedar Hill State Park is known for mountain biking and water sports. The park includes the largest man made lake in Texas: Joe Pool Lake. Many visitors enjoy fishing, boating, jet skiing, and camping at the park. The foliage is very unique with acres of cedar trees, fields of wild grasses, and even bluebonnets, the state flower of Texas, in full bloom every spring.
No matter where your adventurous heart takes you, you can be sure to discover something new and exciting at a state park in Texas.