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Official Guide to Texas State Parks and Historic Sites

Official Guide to Texas State Parks and Historic Sites
New Edition

The essential guide to Texas’s state parks and historic sites, which has sold over 50,000 copies, has been completely redesigned and revised to include eight new parks, updated information for every park, and many beautiful new photographs.

June 2018
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240 pages | 8 x 10 | 284 photos, 7 maps |

Since it was first published in 1996, Official Guide to Texas State Parks and Historic Sites has become Texans’ one-stop source for information on great places to camp, fish, hike, backpack, swim, ride horseback, go rock climbing, view scenic landscapes, tour historical sites, and enjoy almost any other outdoor recreation.

Freshly redesigned, this revised edition includes eight new state parks and historical sites, completely updated information for every park, and beautiful new photographs for most of the parks. The book is organized by geographical regions to help you plan your trips around the state. For every park, Laurence Parent provides all of the essential information:

  • The natural or historical attractions of the park
  • Types of recreation offered
  • Camping and lodging facilities
  • Addresses and phone numbers
  • Magnificent color photographs

So if you want to watch the sun set over Enchanted Rock, fish in the surf on the beach at Galveston, or listen for a ghostly bugle among the ruins of Fort Lancaster, let this book be your complete guide. Don’t take a trip in Texas without it.


Wimberley, Texas

Parent is a freelance photographer and writer specializing in landscape, nature, and travel subjects. His work has appeared in Texas Highways, Texas Monthly, Texas Parks and Wildlife, National Geographic Traveler, Sierra, Natural History, Outside, Backpacker, Men’s Journal, Travel and Leisure, Newsweek, and the New York Times. Additionally, he has been the photographer and/or author of more than forty books.