State Parks Getaways – November 2019

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Don't Miss Parks in a Coat of Many Colors

Biker at Daingerfield SP enjoys the view of fall foliage, video link

Autumn has dressed up your parks in orange, red, bronze and gold, but it won't last long, so visit now. If you're not sure where to go, these 4 parks have a history of flashy fall color:

The Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine story, Why Do Leaves Change Color?, also has a list of fall park picks. Parks famous for fall foliage can fill up quickly – get a Day Pass in advance to be sure you get in. You may also want to call ahead and find out if color is still on the trees, though fallen leaves also have a special beauty.

If you see beauty in the trees or anywhere else in a park, share what you find! Just tag your fall park snapshots on Instagram with #Fall4Tx. Enjoy the color while it's here!

Unique Venues for Your Group Gathering

Group eating outside, with video link

Looking for an extra-special venue for your event? Look no further than state parks, where you'll find a variety of unique group facilities in natural park settings.

We've got bunkhouses and pavilions, halls both historic and contemporary, and they're not expensive to rent. Next time you plan a celebration, team building or other group event, make it special – choose a park facility. Reserve a venue by calling (512) 389-8920.

Big Spring Group Hall

Here's a few of the one-of-a-kind venues you can rent at parks:

Ready to Catch Some Rainbow Trout?

Daingerfield fishing pier

Would you rather have Jack Frost nipping at your nose or rainbow trout nipping at your line? If you chose trout, get ready – we begin stocking rainbows at parks in December. See the stocking schedule for specific dates.

Fishing is always free at state parks, and you can borrow fishing gear at many parks through our tackle loaner program. Just bring bait and a smile! 

Trout stocking is one of our most popular programs because they're delicious and fun to catch. Fishing is enjoyed by all ages and a great way to get outside and make memories with family and friends. Try it – catching rainbows might become a new holiday tradition.

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Make Your Spring Camping Reservations Now

campers by lake with bikes

Spring in Texas means wonderful weather and wildflowers. It's also a busy time at parks, and campsites will fill up. Book early, not only to be sure you get a spot, but also to increase your chances of getting a primo spot.

Make your reservations by phone or online up to 5 months in advance, which means NOW is the best time to book a spring campsite. You're able to change or cancel your reservation up to 5 days in advance and still get a refund, minus a small fee. Don't wait – avoid disappointment by booking now!

Help Build A New State Park for Texas 

Palo Pinto from the air

Thanks to Texas voters' resounding support of Proposition 5, millions of dollars will now be available each year for park funding, with no additional taxes or fees. And now, there’s more good news for park lovers: Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation (TPWF) is raising the funds needed to amplify state funding for the opening of Palo Pinto Mountains State Park in North Texas.

“TPWD has partnered with TPWF on several transformational projects, including Powderhorn Ranch and Canoncita at Palo Duro Canyon,” said TPW Commission Chairman Reed Morian. “We’re confident this partnership will garner the necessary funds to make this new park a reality and will also maximize available resources.”

Palo Pinto Mountains State Park is located on 4,421 acres of scenic, undeveloped land approximately 75 miles west of Fort Worth and 75 miles east of Abilene.

Your support allows transformational projects that wouldn’t otherwise be possible. Join the effort to ensure access to first-class state parks. You can help open Texas’ newest state park – donate today.

Jingle All the Way to a Park

Barrington SP - child pets Xmas pony

We love the holidays! Parks plan a variety of holiday events like candlelight tours, sing-a-longs, taffy pulls and visits from Santa. Join us!

Park stores have many unique gifts, and the annual state park ornament will be available online Nov. 25. Get one for all the park fans on your list! Find the new ornament on our Holidays in the Parks page, along with other gift ideas and more on holiday events.