State Parks Getaways - March 2017

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15 Parks with Photo-Worthy Wildflowers 

Spring wildflowers have begun running rampant across your state parks, and they'll stay at least through April. So grab those cameras! Texas wildflowers come in a variety of shapes and colors, creating vibrant backgrounds for portraits and selfies. And they're always ready for a close-up. 

To help you find the best blooms, check out this list of state parks known for their wildflowers. Here are some favorites:

To find out what’s currently blooming in a park, check Wildflower Sightings or our Pinterest board. Then grab your camera (or phone) and capture the moment.

See the rest of the list

Secrets of a Perfect Campfire

Building a campfire

It’s still cool enough to enjoy the warmth of a campfire. We’ve put together some tips on building a fire and finding wood (don't collect wood in a park). If you’d rather look at a fire than build one, check the calendar for campfire gatherings.  


Most state parks allow campfires in a fire ring, unless there’s an area burn ban. Keep anything flammable upwind and far from the fire, and be sure your fire is out when you go to sleep. Our old pal Smokey has more safety tips.


Meals cooked at a campfire have a special appeal. They can be as easy as layering ingredients in tinfoil pouches, like in this Campfire Fish recipe. Or try using a pioneer classic - the Dutch oven. Get started with our how-to videos and demonstrations


The Parks Are Alive with the Sound of Birdsong

painted bunting bird with video play button

It's spring, and that means large numbers of migrating birds - like hawks, cranes, and a huge variety of songbirds - travel through and rest in Texas state parks. They attract folks from all over the world, and they’re right in your backyard! Check our Birding Calendar for events that teach birding or that put you in the right park at the right time.

Great Texas birding Classic

The Great Texas Birding Classic begins April 15, coinciding with spring bird migration. It’s tons of fun and the proceeds fund conservation projects. Various categories make it easy for anyone to participate. Try birding in your favorite park as part of the State Park Tournament, or do a one-day “Big Sit!” in a park. Register by April 1.

Two ways to show your love for Texas State Parks

Support State Parks, Now and in the Future


There are so many ways to experience Texas State Parks: hiking along your favorite trail at Pedernales Falls, a family campout at Garner, seeing a million stars twinkle in the dark night sky at Big Bend Ranch. 

Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation (TPWF) supports enhancing these experiences. As our official nonprofit funding partner, TPWF provides private support to ensure that all Texans can enjoy the wild things and wild places of Texas. From the acquisition of the spectacular Powderhorn Ranch on the coast, to providing equipment to introduce families to camping, TPWF efforts are helping to ensure the future of our parks.

You can support TPWF’s efforts by becoming a member today. As a member, you’ll receive exclusive benefits like insider information, invitations to special events and other members-only perks. And, if you join by March 15, you’ll automatically be entered in a TPWF drawing to win a special edition branded YETI cooler, perfect for your next campout!* Support Texas State Parks - join TPWF today.

*The price of membership pays for TPWF membership only and not for the chance to win the YETI cooler drawing. Members who join by March 15 are automatically entered in the drawing.

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Insider Tip:

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