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Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge 'Aligator' © Pat Butaud
Odd colored aligator. January 2010
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Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge
'Aligator'
© Copyright by Pat Butaud

Odd colored aligator. January 2010

Eisenhower State Park
'Constellation'
© Jenny Carter Photography

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This was taken from Fossil Ridge campground 160.

Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge
'Javelina'
© Dennis Eccleston

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The Javelina or Collared Peccary is a common sight under the bird feeders at least until the prickly pear cactus comes into spring flowering where they often fight over seed droppings while green jays often feed for these same seeds on their backs.

Eisenhower State Park
'Painting with Light'
© Jenny Carter Photography

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Campsite 160 in Fossil Ridge Campground

Balmorhea State Park
'Thousands of Fish'
© Allyson K. Ricketts

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A typical Autumn day in Balmorhea State Park, Toyahvale Texas. The water is crystal clear and is ideal for snorkel activities and scuba.

Dinosaur Valley State Park
© Karyl K Holloway

Dinosaur Valley State Park
© Karyl K Holloway



Texas's Prairies & Lakes Region Parks


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State Historic Site
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National Wildlife Refuge
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State Parks

Parks in this region are near these Texas Cities (click city name to see parks within 25 miles)
GRAND PRAIRIE
DALLAS
MCKINNEY
FRISCO
ALLEN
MANSFIELD
LEWISVILLE
KELLER
BURLESON
GARLAND
MESQUITE
COLLEGE STATION
ARLINGTON
FORT WORTH
IRVING
CARROLLTON

Acton State Park
Acton State Historic Site is Texas' smallest state park and is located in Hood County. Total acreage .01. The Monument was erected at Acton Cemetery by Legislative appropriation in 1911. By Legislative Act in 1949, site was transferred from custody of State Board of Control to the State Parks Board, ........more >
Bastrop State Park
Bastrop State Park is 3503.7 total acres land acreage, 3493 water acreage, 10 approximately 30 miles southeast of Austin in Bastrop County. It is the site of the famous Lost Pines, an isolated timbered region of loblolly pine and hardwoods. The park was acquired by deeds from the city of Bastrop and ........more >
Baylor University State Park
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Birch Creek State Park
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Bonham State Park
Bonham State Park is a 261-acre park located in Fannin County northeast of Dallas. It includes a 65-acre lake, rolling prairies, and woodlands. Constructed in early 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps CCC, the land was acquired in 1933 from the City of Bonham and was opened in 1936. ........more >
Buescher State Park
Buescher State Park, a scenic area, is 1016.7 acres just north of Smithville in Bastrop County. Between the years 1933 and 1936, Mr. Emil and Mrs. Elizabeth Buescher originally deeded 318 acres of land to the state. After Emil Buescher's death, his heirs donated 318 more acres. The rest of the parkland ........more >
Cleburne State Park
Cleburne State Park is a 528-acre park that encompasses a lively 116-acre, spring-fed lake. Located southwest of Fort Worth, in Johnson County, the park was acquired from the city of Cleburne and private owners in 1935-36 and was opened in 1938.........more >
Dinosaur Valley State Park
Dinosaur Valley State Park, located just northwest of Glen Rose in Somervell County, is a 1524.72-acre, scenic park set astride the Paluxy River. The land for the park was acquired from private owners under the State Parks Bonds Program during 1968 and opened to the public in 1972. Eastward-dipping ........more >
Eisenhower State Park
Eisenhower State Park, with 423.1 acres, is located in Grayson County, northwest of Denison on the shores of Lake Texoma. It was acquired in 1954 by a Department of Army lease, which extends until 2004, and was opened to the public in 1958.........more >
Fort Parker State Park
Fort Parker State Park includes 1458.8 acres 758.8 land acres and a 700-acre lake between Mexia and Groesbeck, in Limestone County. It was opened to the public in 1941. Fort Parker State Park was created in 1935 on land donated by the City of Mexia and three local landowners. The Civilian Conservation ........more >
Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge
Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, a haven for migratory birds and other wildlife, lies on the Big Mineral Arm of Lake Texoma, on the Red River between Oklahoma and Texas. The refuge is made up of water, marsh, and upland habitat and visitors can hike, observe wildlife, hunt, fish at various times throughout ........more >
Lake Whitney State Park
The 1280.7-acre Lake Whitney State Park was acquired in 1954 by a Department of the Army lease and opened in May 1965 the state has control until 2003. The park is along the east shore of Lake Whitney west of Hillsboro in Hill County, and after the changing of the lake level, totals 955 acres. The ........more >
Lockhart State Park
Lockhart State Park is 263.7 acres west of Lockhart in Caldwell County. The land was deeded by private owners between 1934 and 1937. The park was constructed by Civilian Conservation Corps CCC, between 1935 and 1938 and was opened as a state park in 1948. In August 1840, the Battle of Plum Creek ........more >
Meridian State Park
Hidden away in the wooded hills northwest of Waco lies Meridian State Park, a haven for nature lovers and fishing enthusiasts. The park's 72-acre lake offers fishing in addition to swimming, and no-wake boating. A hiking trail encircling Lake Meridian features limestone outcroppings with fossils, a ........more >
Monument Hill State Park
Monument Hill and Kreische Brewery State Historic Sites, 40.4 acres total, are located 1 mile south of La Grange, in Fayette County. The tomb at Monument Hill was acquired by the State of Texas in 1907 and transferred to Texas Parks and Wildlife in 1949. In 1956, the Archbishop of San Antonio and the ........more >
Mother Neff State Park
Mother Neff State Park is the first official state park in Texas. It is named for Mrs. Isabella Eleanor Mother Neff who donated six acres of land along the Leon River in 1916 which became the first park site. Her son was Texas Governor Pat M. Neff, who served as Governor from 1921 to 1925. After the ........more >
Nails Creek State Park
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Palmetto State Park
Palmetto State Park, 270.3 acres, named for the tropical Dwarf Palmetto plant found there, is located in Gonzales County, northwest of Gonzales and southeast of Luling. The park abuts the San Marcos River and also has a 4-acre oxbow lake. The land was acquired by deeds from private owners and the City ........more >
Stephen F Austin State Park
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Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site
Visiting Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site is an enjoyable experience on two levels. First, the expansive park grounds along the Brazos River provide a beautiful setting for picnicking, sightseeing and birdwatching. And secondly, the Star of the Republic Museum, Independence Hall and Barrington ........more >
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