Texas State Parks

Celebrating 100 Years of Texas State Parks, Black History Month with Special Events Throughout February

After a January kickoff with record attendance at First Day Hikes across the state, Texas State Parks’ Centennial Celebration continues with a new round of special community events this month. In February, state parks in North Texas, East Texas, Huntsville and San Antonio will host a variety of events, including several that commemorate Black History Month. Everyone is warmly welcomed to join in the fun. At Ray Roberts Lake State Park in North Texas, find out how […]

Bullock Museum hosts art exhibit celebrating centennial of the Texas State Park System

Exhibition features paintings representing the diverse ecological regions of Texas Art of Texas State Parks opened at the Bullock Texas State History Museum on Saturday, January 7, featuring paintings commissioned to celebrate the Texas State Park System’s centennial. Art of Texas State Parks presents the diverse geography of Texas as interpreted by individual artists. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department commissioned thirty artists and tasked them with exploring and painting 65 parks, natural areas, and historic sites. Thirty-four […]

Texas State Parks Kicks Off 100-Year Birthday Celebration with First Day Hikes

Three, two, one … Happy Birthday, Texas State Parks! Park lovers everywhere are invited to help Texas State Parks begin celebrating 100 years Jan. 1 with a First Day Hike. Almost every Texas State Park will host ranger-guided and self-guided walks, bike rides, paddling trips and polar plunges in honor of the national initiative aimed at getting people outdoors. “Texas State Parks is excited to kick off our 100-year celebration with the most First Day […]

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. Throughout the month of December, state parks across Texas will host themed guided walks, scavenger 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 […]

Gear Up for 2023 With Official Texas State Parks Centennial Merch

Ring in Texas State Parks’ 100th birthday in style when hitting the trails in 2023. Starting today, park lovers can purchase official Texas State Parks 100-year celebration merchandise from a state park or the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department website. “We are excited to unveil our Centennial Celebration product line, which was designed to commemorate every state park in Texas as we head into 2023,” said Thomas Wilhelm, Texas State Parks Marketing and Brand Manager. […]

April is State Parks Month at Whole Earth Provision Co.

For the 11th year, Whole Earth Provision Co. will celebrate April is Texas State Park Month by hosting a fund drive supporting Texas State Parks. The Texas-based travel, adventure and nature store will give all funds gathered at its seven Texas store locations to help finance day-to-day operational expenses, including enhanced visitor programs, park trail maps and facilities maintenance. “For the past two years, our Texas State Parks have been more important than ever to […]

Texas State Parks Welcomes 4,440 Hikers New Year’s Day for First Day Hikes

Across the state, 4,440 Texans laced up their hiking shoes and hit the trail on New Year’s Day for a First Day Hike at a Texas State Park. They hiked, biked and paddled 8,764 miles to commemorate the start of 2022. Throughout the day, 69 Texas State Parks hosted 128 self-guided and guided hikes. “It was great to hear that so many families chose state parks to start the new year once again,” said Rodney […]

Bid 2021 Adieu With a First Day Hike in 2022

Welcome 2022 with a First Day Hike at one of 89 Texas State Parks. Parks statewide will be hosting a variety of self-guided and guided events  so visitors can walk, bike or paddle their way into the new year. 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, 2,668 visitors ushered in 2021 by hiking, biking and riding a total […]

Greet the Holiday Season at a Texas State Park, THC Historic Site

Texas State Parks and the Texas Historical Commission are hosting their biggest holiday season yet with more than 80 unique holiday events happening across the state. This year, 47 Texas State Parks and eight State Historic Sites are presenting themed guided walks, scavenger hunts and more. 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. […]

Greet the Holiday Season at a Texas State Park, THC Historic Site

Texas State Parks and the Texas Historical Commission are hosting their biggest holiday season yet with more than 80 unique holiday events happening across the state. Starting this Saturday, Nov. 20, 47 Texas State Parks and eight State Historic Sites are presenting themed guided walks, scavenger hunts and more. 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 […]