4 Best Texas State Parks To Put On Your Bucket List

If you want to explore the great outdoors in Texas, you’ll find no shortage of parks. Although Texas is home to two National Parks and various regional, city, and county parks, the outdoor spaces managed by Texas Parks and Wildlife are some of the state’s most beautiful and historic spots. 

Texas has 89 state parks, historic sites, and natural areas to explore. Whether you’re looking for a day trip or planning a week-long camping adventure, Texas State Parks are one of the most budget-friendly options for exploring the state. 

4 Best Texas State Parks To Put On Your Bucket List

The city of Bastrop and Bastrop State Park is located 35 miles from downtown Austin. It is the site of the famous “Lost Pines,” an isolated region of Loblolly pines and hardwoods.  

1. Bastrop State Park

2. Guadalupe River State Park

A short, easy drive from San Antonio and Austin, Guadalupe River State Park is a popular swimming spot for south and central Texas residents. 

Self-Guided Tours

Located near Amarillo, Palo Duron Canyon is the second-largest canyon in the United States. 

3. Palo Duro Canyon State Park 

4. Caprock Canyon State Park & Trailway

The bison roaming free throughout the park makes this lesser-known Texas State Park really special. Check with the ranger station and read the posted signs for wildlife safety tips. 

Self-Guided Tours

The bison roaming free throughout the park makes this lesser-known Texas State Park really special. Check with the ranger station and read the posted signs for wildlife safety tips. 

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