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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.

Series: Environmental Studies Endowment (NEH)

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.

  • Foreword by Carter Smith
  • Using This Guide
  • Big Bend Country
    • Balmorhea State Park
    • Big Bend Ranch State Park * Barton Warnock Environmental Education Center
    • Chinati Mountains State Park
    • Davis Mountains State Park * Indian Lodge
    • Devils River State Natural Area
    • Fort Lancaster State Historic Site
    • Fort Leaton State Historic Site
    • Franklin Mountains State Park
    • Hueco Tanks State Historic Site
    • Magoffin Home State Historic Site
    • Monahans Sandhills State Park
    • Seminole Canyon State Park and Historic Site
    • Wyler Aerial Tramway
  • Gulf Coast
    • Battleship Texas State Historic Site
    • Brazos Bend State Park
    • Fulton Mansion State Historic Site
    • Galveston Island State Park
    • Goose Island State Park
    • Lake Corpus Christi State Park
    • Levi Jordan Plantation State State Historic Site
    • Lipantitlan State Historic Site
    • Matagorda Island Wildlife Management Area
    • Mustang Island State Park
    • Port Isabel Lighthouse State Historic Site
    • Sabine Pass Battleground State Historic Site
    • San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site
    • Sea Rim State Park
    • Sheldon Lake State Park and Environmental Learning Center
    • Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site
  • Hill Country
    • Albert and Bessie Kronkosky State Natural Area
    • Blanco State Park
    • Colorado Bend State Park
    • Devil's Sinkhole State Natural Area
    • Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
    • Fort McKavett State Historic Site
    • Garner State Park
    • Government Canyon State Natural Area
    • Guadalupe River State Park * Honey Creek State Natural Area
    • Hill Country State Natural Area
    • Inks Lake State Park
    • Kickapoo Cavern State Park
    • Landmark Inn State Historic Site
    • Longhorn Cavern State Park
    • Lost Maples State Natural Area
    • Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site
    • McKinney Falls State Park
    • National Museum of the Pacific War
    • Old Tunnel State Park
    • Pedernales Falls State Park
    • South Llano River State Park
  • Panhandle Plains
    • Abilene State Park
    • Big Spring State Park
    • Caprock Canyons State Park and Trailway
    • Copper Breaks State Park
    • Fort Griffin State Historic Site
    • Fort Richardson State Park, Historic Site, and Lost Creek Reservoir State Trailway
    • Lake Arrowhead State Park
    • Lake Brownwood State Park
    • Lake Colorado City State Park
    • Palo Duro Canyon State Park
    • Possum Kingdom State Park
    • San Angelo State Park
  • Pineywoods
    • Atlanta State Park
    • Caddo Lake State Park
    • Caddo Mounds State Historic Site
    • Daingerfield State Park
    • Davis Hill State Park
    • Fort Boggy State Park
    • Huntsville State Park
    • Lake Bob Sandlin State Park
    • Lake Livingston State Park
    • Martin Creek Lake State Park
    • Martin Dies, Jr. State Park
    • Mission Dolores State Historic Site
    • Mission Tejas State Park
    • Starr Family Home State Historic Site
    • Tyler State Park
    • Village Creek State Park
  • Prairies and Lakes
    • Acton State Historic Site
    • Bastrop State Park
    • Bonham State Park
    • Buescher State Park
    • Cedar Hill State Park
    • Cleburne State Park
    • Confederate Reunion Grounds State Historic Site
    • Cooper Lake State Park
    • Dinosaur Valley State Park
    • Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic Site
    • Eisenhower State Park
    • Fairfield Lake State Park
    • Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site
    • Fort Parker State Park
    • Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway
    • Lake Somerville State Park and Trailway
    • Lake Tawakoni State Park
    • Lake Whitney State Park
    • Lockhart State Park
    • Meridian State Park
    • Monument Hill * Kreische Brewery State Historic Sites
    • Mother Neff State Park
    • Palmetto State Park
    • Purtis Creek State Park
    • Ray Roberts Lake State Park
    • Sam Bell Maxey House State Historic Site
    • Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site
    • San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site
    • Stephen F. Austin State Park
    • Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site
  • South Texas Plains
    • Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park * World Birding Center
    • Casa Navarro State Historic Site
    • Choke Canyon State Park
    • Estero Llano Grande State Park * World Birding Center
    • Falcon State Park
    • Fannin Battleground State Historic Site
    • Goliad State Park * Mission Espíritu Santo State Historic Site * Zaragosa Birthplace State Historic Site * Mission Rosario State Historic Site
    • Lake Casa Blanca International State Park
    • Resaca de la Palma State Park * World Birding Center
  • Index

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.


“A wonderful guide beautiful enough for the coffee table but easy enough to throw into the car on the way to a new adventure. ”
Roundup Magazine

“[Parent] captures Texas' natural beauty and fascinating places and divides up the regions so you can plan your trip accordingly.”
Austin Monthly

“The newly updated Official Guide to Texas State Parks and Historic Sites...has beautiful color photographs and insights on camping, fishing, horseback riding, and other recreational opportunities around the state.”
Texas Journey


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