State Parks Getaways – March 2018

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State Parks Getaways

Blast Off on Our Bike Trails 

Mountain bikers in Big Bend Ranch State Park

Biking is an excellent way to tour your state parks. Whether you're a beginner or advanced rider, we have trails for all levels. If you don't own a mountain bike, some parks offer bike rentals or have rentals available nearby. Check out this list of bike trails by area. Then try out the bike trails at these parks this spring:

Spring brings rain, so call parks to check trail conditions before you head out. It's important that we protect bike trails from erosion, and riding muddy trails creates ruts. Here are more tips on how to be a considerate mountain biker

Park Bike Trails

Pro Tips for a Sweet Camping Trip 

Couple camping at Franklin Mountains - video link

Springtime is tent camping time, and Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine has the skillbuilders to boost your camping confidence. Read pro tips for picking a solid site, setting up your outdoor kitchen and family camping

Pro tip #1: Parks get busy in spring (wildflowers!) so make reservations early to get a campsite. 

Family camping by a lake

Tent camping is easy once you get the hang of it. If you're not sure you've got the skills for a full-on campout, try a workshop with Texas Outdoor Family. It's a fun, hands-on experience AND they provide all the gear. Camping is a skill you'll enjoy all your life – try it! 

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5 Parks Perfect for Watching Wild Birds

spoonbill birds having a discussion - video link

Texas has over 600 varieties of birds, more than almost any other state. About half of them are seasonal, stopping here as they travel to and from winter homes. State parks the perfect places to spy on our exotic guests. A few, like Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley, are so rich with unusual birds they've become world-renowned destinations. 

For primo views of birds and their antics, visit parks with bird blinds or other viewing structures, like these:

Check the calendar for guided bird walks and other birding events at parks near you. The Great Texas Birding Classic takes place April 15 to May 15. It's a fun, easy way to get outdoors with friends or family and see some beautiful birds. Why not put together a team and compete in the State Park Tournament? Sign up by April 1.

More Parks for Watching Birds