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Lost Maples State Natural Area Hiking Fishing Camping

Vanderpool, TX 78885 (115.713 miles)

Lost Maples State Natural Area covers 2174.2 scenic acres on the Sabinal River. Archaeological evidence shows that this area was used by prehistoric peoples at various times. Visitors enjoy picnicking, camping, backpacking, sightseeing, hiking, photography, birdwatching, fishing, swimming, and nature study. People should stay on designated trails, because maples have a shallow root system, and soil compaction from walking can damage the trees. Also, many natural hazards exist due to the steep/rugged terrain. Do not hike or climb on rocks or hillsides.

Official Website: Lost Maples State Natural Area

Fort Parker State Park Hiking Fishing Camping Biking Boating

Mexia, TX 76667 (116.220 miles)

Fort Parker State Park includes 1458.8 acres (758.8 land acres and a 700-acre lake. The park was named for Fort Parker, a nearby historic settlement established in 1833, and the site of the well-known Comanche Indian raid in May 1836, during which Cynthia Ann Parker was captured. During captivity, Cynthia Ann became the mother of the last great Comanche chief, Quanah Parker. The old fort was reconstructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps as a 1936 centennial project. See Old Fort Parker. Fort Parker offers camping, picnicking, swimming, fishing, birdwatching, hiking, biking, canoeing, nature study, and baseball/softball

Official Website: Fort Parker State Park

South Llano River State Park Hiking Fishing Camping Biking Boating

Junction, TX 76849 (116.604 miles)

South Llano River State Park adjoins Walter Buck Wildlife Management Area. The 524.07-acre site, adjacent to the South Llano River, was donated to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in 1977 and was opened to the public in 1990. Because of his love and respect for the land, Mr. Walter Buck donated his ranch to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Activities include camping, picnicking, canoeing, tubing, swimming, fishing, hiking, mountain bike riding, and bird and nature study.

Official Website: South Llano River State Park

Lake Texana State Park Hiking Fishing Camping Boating

Edna, TX 77957 (118.846 miles)

Lake Texana State Park is 575 acres and located on Lake Texana, a reservoir on the Navidad River, which covers 11,000 surface acres, with approximately 125 miles of shoreline. Lake Texana was named for the historic town of Texana, founded in 1832, near the junction of the Navidad and Lavaca rivers downstream from the present dam site. Activities include camping; boating; water skiing; jet skiing; sailing on the main lake; canoeing; picnicking; lake swimming; hiking; good birding; and fishing.

Official Website: Lake Texana State Park

Fort Boggy State Park Hiking Fishing Camping Biking Boating

Centerville, TX 75833 (120.812 miles)

Fort Boggy is located in Leon County and consists of 1847 acres. Swimming, fishing, hiking and mountain biking is allowed. There is a boat ramp and the lake (approximately 15 acres) is open to small boats, canoes, kayaks, etc. The terrain is wooded, rolling hills, bottom land meadows, and wetlands. The abundant wildlife includes white-tailed deer, raccoons, squirrels, foxes, and beavers. A large portion of the park is subject to flooding during wet periods, providing excellent habitat for waterfowl and other varieties of aquatic wildlife.

Official Website: Fort Boggy State Park

Garner State Park Hiking Fishing Camping

Concan, TX 78838 (131.068 miles)

Garner State Park is 1419.8 acres of recreational facilities. Visitors swim in the clear waters of the Frio River, scoot its rapids on inner tubes, rent pedal boats, and hike its fascinating nature trails. On long summer evenings, young folks meet at the concession building for jukebox dancing every night during the summer season. Nearby is a miniature golf course, which is lighted for nighttime playing. Meals and snacks are served in the concession building, though many families prefer to take advantage of the many camping sites and do their own cooking.

Official Website: Garner State Park

Fairfield Lake State Park Hiking Fishing Camping Boating

Fairfield, TX 75840 (131.365 miles)

Fairfield Lake State Park is 1460 acres northeast of the City of Fairfield in Freestone County. Activities include camping, backpacking, hiking, day use equestrian, nature study, bird watching, boating on this 2400-acre lake, water skiing, jet skiing, fishing, and lake swimming in a large, buoyed, sandy area

Official Website: Fairfield Lake State Park

Huntsville State Park Hiking Fishing Camping Biking Boating

Huntsville, TX 77342 (134.084 miles)

Huntsville State Park is a 2083.2-acre recreational area. The heavily-wooded park adjoins the Sam Houston National Forest and encloses the 210-acre Lake Raven. The park offers camping, hiking, biking, fishing, swimming in unsupervised swimming area, boat & Hydrobike rentals, and nature study.

Official Website: Huntsville State Park

SAM HOUSTON NATIONAL FOREST Hiking Fishing Camping Biking Horseback Boating

New Waverly, TX 77358 (135.000 miles)

The Sam Houston National Forest, one of four National Forests in Texas, is located 50 miles north of Houston. The forest contains 163, 037 acres between Huntsville, Conroe, Cleveland and Richards, Texas. With land in Montgomery, Walker, and San Jacinto counties, the Sam Houston National Forest is intermingled with privately owned timber lands and small farms.

Official Website: SAM HOUSTON NATIONAL FOREST

Brazos Bend State Park Hiking Fishing Camping Biking Horseback Boating

Needville, TX 77461 (135.291 miles)

The park covers roughly 5000 acres, with an eastern boundary of 3.2 miles fronting on the Brazos River on the southeast border of Fort Bend County. Six lakes are easily accessible to fishermen, with piers located at 40-Acre, Elm and Hale Lakes. Visitors are cautioned to pay due respect to alligators, which are numerous in some areas of the park. The Nature Center is open Monday - Friday from 11 a.m - 3 p.m. and Sat & Sunday from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. The George Observatory is open Saturdays from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Official Website: Brazos Bend State Park