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.
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.
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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.
Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge is located in deep South Texas and offers visitors an opportunity to view a variety of bird and animal life which can be found elsewhere in the United States. Its location along the border and unique climate are enticing to both wildlife and wildlife lovers. Winter sees birders flock to the LANWR to witness migration, while the rest of the year finds visitors looking for the elusive and endangered ocelot.
Famous as a winter home for whooping cranes, Aransas National Wildlife Refuge also is home to over 390 other bird species, as well as deer, bobcats, javelinas, alligators and more.
Padre Island National Seashore stretches from Corpus Christi south some 75 miles to the Port Mansfield Cut - offering some of the most remote seashore to be found anywhere.