Joy Joy Joy! As of Monday, April 20th, Texas State Parks are back open! After almost a month of Shelter-In-Place orders in effect in Texas, the opportunity to drive somewhere other than the grocery store, and breathe fresh air in a wide open space, is WONDERFUL! Here’s what you need to know, before planning an outing.
Texas State Parks are OPEN!
Sorry to all my non-Texan readers….today is all about The Lone Star State. For my fellow Texans, here’s a few general guidelines you need to know before planning any road-trip. From the Texas State Parks Web Site:
- All state parks that can be open are for day use only. No overnight camping, or cabin rentals are possible at this time.
- Advanced reservations are required. You must reserve and print day passes before you arrive.
- Face coverings are required in state parks.
- Six-foot social distancing is required.
- Gathering of groups is limited to no more than five people.
- All park headquarters, visitor centers, park stores and group sites (halls, campsites, etc.) are closed.
- Restrooms are open.
- Park pass holders: The time on your state parks pass is being extended by two months, due to the recent park restrictions and current closures. More time may be added if closures continue. You don’t need to take any action to get this extension. The extra time will automatically be added to your pass over the next few weeks.
There are 89 State Parks, and I’ll list those closest to major cities, since overnight road trips aren’t possible right now.
Texas State Parks Near Dallas
- Cedar Hill State Park in Cedar Hill
- Lake Tawakoni State Park in Wills Point
- Purtis Creek State Park in Eustice
- Ray Roberts Lake State Park in Pilot Point
State Parks Near Ft. Worth
- Cleburne State Park in Cleburne
- Dinosaur Valley State Park in Glen Rose
- Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway in Mineral Wells
- Possum Kingdom State Park in Caddo
- Fort Richardson State Park in Jacksboro
Texas State Parks Near Austin
- McKinney Falls State Park in Austin
- Bastrop State Park in Bastrop
- Buescher State Park in Smithville
- Lockhart State Park in Lockhart
- Pedernales Falls State Park in Johnson City
- Blanco State Park in Blanco
- Lyndon B. Johnson State Park in Stonewall
- Old Tunnel State Park in Fredericksburg
- Honey Creek State Natural Area in Spring Branch
State Parks Near San Antonio
- Government Canyon State Natural Area in San Antonio
- Hill Country State Natural Area in Bandera
- Lost Maples State Natural Area in Vanderpool
- Garner State Park in Concan
- Palmetto State Park in Gonzales
Texas State Parks Near Houston
- Sheldon Lake State Park in Houston
- Stephen F. Austin State Park in San Felipe
- Brazos Bend State Park in Needville
- Galveston Island State Park in Galveston
- Sea Rim State Park in Sabine Pass
- Village Creek State Park in Lumberton
As I said earlier, there are 89 State Parks, so there are several in far South Texas, West Texas, the Panhandle, and East Texas. You can take a look at the Parks Map here, and see which parks are closest to you.
We have ALL been cooped up for so long! Make a plan to visit one of our beautiful State Parks. Follow the rules. Keep that curve FLAT.
And get outside Texas!!
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