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Texas Outdoor Recreational Activities

Texas is a wide-open state, with plenty of wide-open spaces to accommodate any outdoor activity.
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Outdoor Recreational Activities in Texas
Texas has plenty of wide open spaces which offer a wide array of outdoor activities.

Texas Destinations for Outdoor Adventures
Texas is a big state, with plenty of room to roam. Due to its varied terrain and wide-open expanses, Texas offers visitors a tremendous variety of outdoor recreational opportunities.

National Wildlife Refuges in Texas
Texas is a state of diverse natural resources. Luckily, Texas is also a state with a strong state park system and numerous federal lands as well. In fact, whether they prefer mountains, woods or sandy beaches, visitors to Texas have their choice of National Wildlife Refuges and Preserves on which to view nature.

Camping in Texas
Texas offers visitors a variety of ways to spend time outdoors. For those visitors who never want to be indoors, Texas has a number of excellent spot to pitch a tent and spend the night under the stars.

Texas State Parks for Summer Recreational Activities
Texas offers visitors and residents plenty of summer recreational activities. Those wishing to spend time outdoors have plenty of options, including dozens of state parks which offer visitors an opportunity to do everything from swimming to scuba diving, water skiing to mountain biking.

Texas Caves and Caverns
Texas is full of natural attractions. Some of the most breathtaking among these are the caves and caverns that are found throughout the Texas Hill Country. Touring these caves and caverns is one of the most memorable family activities to be found in the Lone Star State.

Spring Outdoor Activities in Texas
Spring is a great time to be outdoors. And, there is a variety of outdoor activities available in Texas throughout the spring season.

Texas State Parks by Activity
State parks across Texas offer a variety of outdoor recreational activities.

Texas State Parks by Region
Listing of top state parks by geographic region of Texas.

Most Scenic Places in Texas
Texas has several diverse geographical regions, each of which offer their own unique natural beauty. To that end, Texas' most scenic places are often more different than they are alike.

Things to Do While Camping in Texas
There are plenty of outdoor activities to partake in while camping in Texas.

Texas Beaches - Texas' Best Beaches
Texas is known for a lot of things. However, Texas' many excellent beaches are often overlooked. Don't miss your chance to grab a stretch of Texas sand while on vacation in the Lone Star State.

Bucket List Adventures in Texas
Texas offers a number of great adventures that everyone should take in at least once during their lifetime.

Texas State Parks
Texas is a large state with a wide variety of geographical features, ecosystems and wildlife. Texas is also home to one of the nation's best state park systems, which offers wonderful public access to these natural resources.

Locations for Hiking in Texas
Texas has plenty of outdoor recreational opportunities. With all the wide open spaces, Texas offers a number of locations which are ideal for hiking.

Top Texas State Parks for Hiking
There are a number of Texas state parks that offer great hiking trails.

Winter Outdoor Recreational Activities in Texas
Although winter weather can be unbearable at times, there are also plenty of good weather winter days in Texas and plenty of outdoor recreational activities to enjoy during the good weather.

Texas State Parks for Mountain Biking
Texas state parks feature miles of mountain bike trails.

Texas State Parks for Rock Climbing
The western half of Texas is home to a number of great rock climbing destinations, some of which are located within state parks.

Texas State Parks for Camping
There are great overnight camping opportunities at state parks across Texas.

State Parks in the Texas Panhandle Plains
The Texas Panhandle Plains have a number of great state parks.

Texas State Parks in the Big Bend Region of West Texas
The Big Bend Region has a number of unique state parks.

State Parks Along the Texas Gulf Coast
There are a number of great Texas State Parks along the Gulf Coast region.

State Parks in the Texas Hill Country
The scenic Texas Hill Country is home to some of the best state parks in Texas.

State Parks in the Texas Prairies and Lakes Region
There are a number of great state parks in Texas' Prairies and Lakes Region.

Lady Bird Lake
Stretching through the center of the city of Austin, Lady Bird Lake provides plenty of outdoor recreational opportunities for both visitors and residents.

McKinney Falls State Park
Located within the city limits of Austin, McKinney Falls State Park is strikingly beautiful and offers visitors a wide array of outdoor recreational opportunities.

Highland Lakes
The Highland Lakes of central Texas are brimming with outdoor recreation opportunities. If you're interested in boating, water skiing, fishing or simply lounging on a sandy beach, these hill country lakes won't let you down.

Brazos Bend State Park
Houston is Texas' largest city. However, just a short drive from the nation's fourth largest city, visitors will find one of Texas' most unique state parks -- Brazos Bend State Park. Situated along the banks of the Brazos River, Brazos Bend State Park is home to an amazing array of wildlife.

Lost Maples State Natural Area
Most people relate fall foliage and the “changing of the leaves” to the eastern portion of the United States. However, portions of Texas actually see dramatic changes in foliage coloration as fall draws near. Lost Maples State Natural Area in the Texas Hill Country has the most vivid fall leaf coloration in the state.

Visiting Falcon State Park, Texas
Located along the Texas/Mexico border, Falcon State Park sits on the shores of Falcon Lake and offers fishermen, nature lovers, and campers a unique outdoor experience.

Visiting Blanco State Park
Located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, Blanco State Park is one of the smaller state parks in Texas. However, what Blanco SP lacks in acreage, it makes up for in charm and user-friendly ammenities.

Mustang Island State Park
Mustang Island State Park includes five miles of beachfront and offers visitors fishing, camping, beachcombing, swimming, surfing, birding, and other outdoor recreation options.

Lake Casa Blanca International State Park
Located right in the center of Laredo, one of Texas’ most impressive border cities, Lake Casa Blanca International State Park offers a wide array of outdoor activities for visitors and residents alike. The park offers a variety of both land-based and watersport activities, with the central attraction being the 1,650-acre Lake Casa Blanca.

Boca Chica Beach
Many visitors know about the desolate stretches of beach available along the Padre Island National Seashore near Corpus Christi. And, thousands of tourists flock to the sandy shores of South Padre Island each year. However, few people realize there is a beach which combines the qualities of these two popular Texas beaches - Boca Chica Beach,...

Big Thicket National Preserve
Covering nearly 100,000 acres, Big Thicket National Preserve was the first such preserve in the United States. The Big Thicket NP is home to a diverse group of plants and animals and plays host to thousands of nature enthusiasts annually.

Big Bend National Park
Designated as an International Biosphere Reserve, Big Bend offers a variety of outdoor recreational activities in a primitive setting. Backpacking, mountain biking, fishing, boating, hiking, nature watching, camping - you name it, if it can be done outdoors, it can be done in Big Bend.

Lake Braunig Photos
Located just a few miles outside of San Antonio, Lake Braunig has become a popular location for Alamo City residents and visitors interested in water sports, fishing and nature watching. As one of only three lakes in Texas that is home to freshwater redfish, Braunig has a solid following among fishermen. And, since it is devoid of shoreline development as well, it is a favorite for bird watchers.

Texas Horned Lizard Photos
Photo gallery of Texas' most beloved reptile - the Texas Horned Lizard.

Falcon Lake Photo Gallery
Located on the Texas/Mexico border, just outside Zapata, Texas, Falcon Lake has long been a favorite destination for fishermen, birders and watersport enthusiasts. The 60-mile Falcon Dam, which terminates in Guerrero, Mexico, was dedicated in 1953. From that point until present day, Falcon Lake has been one of the most popular inland bodies of water in the Lone Star State.

Sea Rim State Park
A mix of marsh and beach, Sea Rim State Park isn’t a typical beach destination. However, this state park, which is located just south of Beaumont/Port Arthur is a nature-lover’s delight. Bird-watchers and beach-goers often co-exist on this stretch of sand, which is the northern-most beach in Texas.

Laguna Atascosa Photo Gallery
Located on the western shore of the Lower Laguna Madre in Deep South Texas, the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge is a popular stop for birders and nature lovers. Home to ocelot, horned lizards, chachalaca and other native South Texas species, Laguna Atascosa offers visitors a variety of driving and walking trails, as well as several lookout points to view wildlife from.

Texas Adopt-A-Beach Cleanup
Twice a year, the Texas General Land Office stages a statewide beach cleanup effort known as "Adopt-A-Beach." Since the program began in 1988, nearly 330,000 volunteers have removed over 6,200 tons of trash from Texas beaches.

Texas Beaches Get Relief from Red Tide
After lingering along South Texas beaches for nearly two months, the pesky algae bloom known as "red tide" has finally waned to the point of not being noticeable to beachgoers. This is good news for visitors who have been patiently waiting for another opportunity to head to the beach before the cooler weather of winter sets in.

Armand Bayou Nature Center
The Armand Bayou Nature Center, just south of Houston, is a bird watcher's paradise. You may spot everything from blue herons to red-tailed hawks to more exotic birds just passing through. Kids will love the nature trails and guided canoe rides.

Hueco Tanks State Park
Hueco Tanks offers a variety of outdoor activies, most notably camping and rock climbing. However, one of the biggest draws to this historic site are the prehistoric pictographs that dot the cave walls there.

Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
In a city that has more than its share of concrete, the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center offers a glimpse of Houston's original lush habitat. Kids will love to romp along the five miles of trails, splash in the mud, and spot critters along the way.

Goatneck 100K Bike Race
Attracting over 1,500 riders each year, Cleburne's Goatneck 100K Bike Race has been named as one of the 100 best bike races in America. The event also ofers rides of 10 and 25 miles for those not quite ready for the full course.

Gulf Coast Volleyball Assoc. Fall Classic
Held on Galveston's Stewart Beach, the Fall Classic is the last beach volleyball tournament of the season for the Gulf Coast Volleyball Association. Categories include men's, women's, junior and co-ed divisions.

State Parks and Historic Sites
Texas is filled with state parks maintained by Texas Parks and Wildlife. These state parks vary in location and amenities offered, but each has a unique charm and is worth the visit for outdoor lovers.

Texas Parks and Wildlife
Texas Parks and Wildlife oversees Texas' natural resources. This duty includes managing state parks, setting bag and length limits, managing wildlife stocks, educating the public and enforcing game laws.

Hill Country Bike Tours
Biking through the Texas Hill Country offers an upclose view of wildlife, wildflowers, and historic Hill Country towns.

Galveston Island State Park
The 2,000 acre Galveston Island State Park features beach and bay access, nature and hiking trails, a boat ramp, campsites with water and electricity and more.

Devil's River State Natural Area
Located just north of Del Rio on Texas' famed Devil's River, the Devil's River State Natural Area offers a variety of outdoor activities in a remote setting. Canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, fishing and swimming are just few of the many activities available.

Tour de Gap
Held annually to benefit the Food Bank of Abilene, the Tour de Gap is a 100k bike ride sponsored by the Abilene Bike Club. Fun rides of 10, 25 and 40 miles are also offered for less serious riders.

Lake Whitney State Park
The clear, deep waters of Lake Whitney in north central Texas are as inviting as they are scenic. Swimming, fishing, boating, water skiing and scuba diving are among the most popular recreational activites at Lake Whitney State Park.

Lake Travis
One of Texas' most popular water sports destinations, Lake Travis is located among the rolling hills just outside Austin.

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