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Less than an hour from Houston, Brazos Bend State Park is famous for its alligators, but it offers so much more, including a Nature Center, observatory, and a wide variety of plants and animals. The park also has an all-accessible trail for visitors with physical disabilities. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
Get your helmet and ride! Head out with park ranger David Heinicke at Brazos Bend State Park near Houston. A park with miles and miles of trails with something for any rider, including alligators! More on biking in state parks at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/activities/outdoor_recreation/bike/ This story will run on Texas Parks and Wildlife Television the week of January 1st through the 8th on Texas PBS stations, check your local PBS affiliate for date and time in your area.
Buescher State Park is about 40 minutes southeast of Austin in the "lost pines" area of Bastrop county. The family-friendly 30 acre lake is a great spot for fishing and wildlife viewing. The park also offers canoe and kayak rentals. Cyclists enjoy the 12 mile scenic bike ride (paved) that winds through the pines to nearby Bastrop State Park. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
[cc] The Buffalo Soldiers helped settle the west but for many years the contributions of these African-American soldiers were largely overlooked. Meet one man who is determined to teach this often forgotten chapter of history to today's eager students. For more info. on Texas Buffalo Soldiers, see http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/learning/community_outreach_programs/buffalo_soldiers/calendar.phtml
You'll feel you're back in prehistoric times among the cypress bayous of Caddo Lake State Park. Located near the Louisiana border on Texas' only natural lake, the park is rich in history and scenic beauty. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
Caprock Canyons State Park and Trailway is located southeast of Amarillo, where the high plains end in the dramatic red bluffs and canyons of the Caprock escarpment. The park is home to the official Texas bison herd, direct descendants of the last free range southern plains bison. The 64-mile converted railway offers an excellent trail for hiking, biking and horseback riding. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
Get up close and personal with the official Texas State Bison Herd at Caprock Canyons State Park & Trailway, 100 miles southeast of Amarillo. http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/caprock_canyons/
Caprock Canyons State Park in the Texas Panhandle holds the last remnants of pure Southern Plains Bison that once numbered in the millions on this land. Watch as this historic herd is restored to its native habitat. For details on visiting the park, see http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/caprock-canyons
Cedar Hill State Park is nature oasis located just 30 minutes from the Dallas - Fort Worth metroplex. It makes an ideal destination for city dwellers who want to enjoy the great outdoors without spending a lot of time driving. The park sits along the Joe Pool reservoir, making it a great spot for fishing, swimming, picnicking and camping. There is also a marina for boating and supplies. The park's Penn Farm Agricultural Center features historic farm buildings and guided and self-guided tours. The Dallas Off Road Bicycle Association (DORBA) maintains 1200 acres of prime mountain bike trails. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
Choke Canyon State Park sits along a 26,000 acre reservoir halfway between San Antonio and Corpus Christi. The site of several record bass catches, the reservoir is a popular fishing, boating and swimming area. The park has abundant wildlife including deer, turkey, alligators and migrating birds. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
[cc] Throughout December state parks all over Texas are celebrating Christmas in special ways. See how 2 state parks near Houston -- Sheldon Lake and Brazos Bend -- bring their own unique flavors to the holidays. To find holiday events at a state park near you, visit http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/newsmedia/calendar/?calpage=navregion.
Located south of Fort Worth, Cleburne State Park sits along the banks of a 116-acre spring-fed lake. The park's many trails offer excellent hiking and mountain biking. For more info., see http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/cleburne/
About 2 hrs. north of Austin, Colorado Bend State Park is known for the spectacular Gorman Falls and the white bass run each spring. It's also a great place for hiking, biking, swimming, paddling and camping. More info. at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/colorado_bend/
Load up the bikes as we try out some of the newest mountain bike trails at Colorado Bend State Park. Park info at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/colorado_bend/
Cooper Lake, about 1.5 hours northeast of Dallas, is a 19,300 acre lake surrounded by thousands of acres devoted to parks and wildlife management. A haven for fish and wildlife, Cooper Lake State Park offers abundant opportunities for land and water recreation. Enjoy fishing, horseback riding, nature tours or relaxing in one of the park's lakeside cabins. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
Copper Breaks State Park is located in the Texas panhandle, north of Abilene. The park gets its name from the copper deposits threaded throughout the rugged canyon land. The Visitors Center features exhibits on the Comanche and Kiowa tribes that once roamed the area, including Quanah Parker. The park is also home to the official Texas longhorn herd. See www.LifesBetterOutside.org for more information
Daingerfield State Park, southwest of Texarkana, is a park for all seasons. Autumn brings brilliant fall foliage, an unusual sight in much of Texas. In spring, the dogwoods and wildflowers bloom. During summer, the lake is popular with swimmers, anglers and boaters. (Boat rentals available.) Year round, the heavily wooded park is rich with wildlife. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
Davis Mountains State Park provides panoramic views of west Texas. At a mile above sea level, the park enjoys moderate temperatures with little humidity. The park's recently remodeled Indian Lodge is a pueblo style hotel built in 1937 that still retains its old world charm. Visitors to the park enjoy hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and camping under the big Texas sky. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
North of Del Rio and miles from anywhere, Devils River State Natural Area sits along some of the cleanest water in Texas. The site offers hiking and mountain biking, primitive camping, canyon tours and a put-in point for paddlers (reservations required). NOTE: Camping and facility stays are by reservation only. Reservations must be made at least 2 days in advance. See http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/devils_river/
Devil's Sinkhole State Natural Area Head out to the eastern edge of the Hill Country and visit one of the state's deepest caverns. Measuring over 350 feet deep Devil's Sinkhole is also home to one of the states largest colonies of Mexican free-tailed bats. It's a must see spectacle that will drive you batty! For more information visit our web site: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/devils_sinkhole/
In 1950, Texan Fred Foster produced a film about some would-be spelunkers and their expedition into The Devil's Sinkhole. This long lost film has been recently rediscovered by cave enthusiasts. See how this film came to be and the unusual story behind this family project. For more information on Devil's Sinkhole, visit http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/devils_sinkhole/ This segment can be seen on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Television Series on PBS. See what's on our program this week: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/newsmedia/tv/. For a list of stations and air times: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/newsmedia/tv/tvwhere.phtml.
Dinosaur Valley State Park contains some of the best preserved dinosaur tracks in the world. Two model dinosaurs help visitors envision what the site was like back when dinosaurs roamed the land. About an hour southwest of Fort Worth in Glen Rose, the park offers a limestone creek for swimming and fishing, as well as hiking and biking trails through the rocky hills. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
Eisenhower State Park sits along the shores of Lake Texoma, about an hour and a half north of Dallas. The shoreline bluffs make for scenic swimming spots. The full-service marina is convenient for boating, fishing and other water recreation. Hike and bike trails meander through native tall-grass prairie and wooded landscape, culminating in scenic overlooks. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
Sometimes called "the heart of Texas," Enchanted Rock State Natural Area is located about an hour from San Antonio near the scenic town of Fredericksburg. The large pink granite rock rises 1825 feet above sea level and was considered sacred by the native American Tonkawa tribe. Today, humans are still drawn to Enchanted Rock for its panoramic views of the hill country. It's also a popular spot for hiking, camping and nature viewing. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
[cc] At the geographic center of the World Birding Center network, Estero Llano Grande State Park in Weslaco attracts a spectacular array of South Texas wildlife. Enjoy the colorful parade of birds - and don't forget the alligators! Park details at http://www.worldbirdingcenter.org/sites/weslaco/
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