Texas State Park

Galveston Island Celebrates Grand Re-opening

Galveston Island State Park invites the public to a grand reopening event with two days of festivities March 31 and April 1 as part of the ongoing, yearlong Texas State Parks Centennial. The beach side of the park opened last summer following completion of a three-year major redevelopment project, sparked by damages from historic Hurricane Ike. The first day of the festivities will feature speeches from local, statewide and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) dignitaries, as […]

Texas State Parks Photo Contest Launches in Honor of 100-Year Celebration

Point, focus, shoot! In honor of its 100-year birthday celebration, Texas State Parks is hosting a photo contest throughout 2023 with the chance to win park passes, H-E-B gift cards and even a curated state park experience. The contest will have four seasonal prize winners before the public votes on the grand prize winner at the end of the year. “We can’t wait to see the parks through our visitors’ eyes,” said Whitney Bishop, social media coordinator […]

Celebrate the Season with Holiday Happenings at Texas State Parks

Texas State Parks will be commencing its holiday season festivities with special seasonal events across the state. Starting this Saturday, state parks across Texas will host themed guided walks, scavengers hunts and more for all visitors to enjoy. Anyone planning a trip to a Texas State Park is highly encouraged to reserve their day pass in advance since some parks are expected to reach their capacity limit.  Reserve day passes online through the Texas Parks and […]

Bring Texas State Parks Home for the Holidays with an Ornament, Souvenirs from the new Online Store

Find the perfect holiday gift for the outdoorsy person in your life at the new Texas State Park Online Store. The store, which is found on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s reservation website, features the official 2021 Texas State Park ornament, plus ornaments from previous years, magnets, hiking stick medallions, stickers and much more. For 20 years, the annual park Christmas ornament has featured some of the most recognizable Texas State Parks landscapes. The metal […]

New Texas State Park Reservation Features Bring Opportunities for Summer Adventure

Find adventure with friends and family this summer at a Texas State Park. Two new features, now available on the Texas State Park Online Reservations webpage, make it easier than ever to plan spontaneous camping trips. Visitors can now see and reserve available campsites for the same day and for the upcoming weekend. The new Camping This Weekend tab on the online reservation system shows visitors where tent camping sites, RV/trailer sites and lodging are available for the coming […]

Enjoy Miles of Fun in 2021 on a First Day Hike at a Texas State Park

Start the new year in nature with a First Day Hike at a Texas State Park. This New Year’s Day, walk, bike or paddle your way into 2021 on a First Day Hike at 89 Texas State Parks. First Day Hikes at Texas’ state parks and natural areas aim to help visitors commit to their New Year’s resolutions to get healthy. Last year, 5,242 visitors ushered in 2020 by hiking, biking and riding a total of […]

Free Entrance to Texas State Parks Nov. 8 in Honor of Veterans Day

In honor of both active and retired military, daily entrance fees at Texas State Parks will be waived for all day-use visitors Sunday, Nov. 8. “The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Texas State Parks are proud to honor the men and women that serve our country in the military,” said Rodney Franklin, Director of Texas State Parks. “What better way to celebrate their service and dedication than by spending the day at a beautiful […]