List of State Parks in Texas

List of State Parks in Texas
Texas is home to a lot more than just the death penalty and former U.S. presidents. Texas features a variety of beautiful state parks that attract countless tourists each year. These state parks range from miles and miles of untouched preserved land to recreational areas great for experiencing nature while still having fun.

Big Bend Ranch State Park

Big Bend Ranch State Park is Texas' biggest state park with 300,000 acres. Big Bend Ranch stretches across a large portion of the state and features a number of natural landmarks such as canyons, deserts, rivers and mountains. Big Bend Ranch is also notable because it varies considerably in terms of elevation. The portions of Big Bend Ranch that run next to the Rio Grande River sport an elevation of about 2,350 feet while Oso Mountain reaches above 5,000 feet.

Big Bend Ranch State Park
Marfa, Texas, 79843
(432) 358-4416

Longhorn Cavern State Park

Another state park in Texas is Longhorn Cavern State Park. Longhorn Cavern is significantly smaller than Big Bend Ranch, measuring at only 645 acres in size. It is in Burnet County, Texas, just south of the city of Burnet. Longhorn Cavern is famous for its hilly terrain. The land that makes up Longhorn Cavern was owned privately until it was purchased by the state of Texas in 1932, at which point it became classified as a state park. In 1938 it was officially opened to the public and in 1971 the United States government declared it a national landmark.

Longhorn Cavern State Park
Park Road 4
Burnet, Texas 78611

Daingerfield State Park

Daingerfield State Park is southwest of the city of Texarkana in Morris County. It measures in at 550 acres and unlike Big Bend Ranch, which has a great deal of undeveloped land, Daingerfield State Park is classified as a "recreational area." Because of this a lot of tourists vacation at the park. There are a number of things for a tourist to do including activities like rock climbing or water sports on Daingerfield's 80-acre lake. Daingerfield State Park was initially owned privately before being purchased by the state. It was opened to the public as a state park in 1938, right around the same time as Longhorn Cavern.

Daingerfield State Park
455 Park Road 17
Daingerfield, Texas 75638

Article Written By Stephen Lilley

Stephen Lilley is a freelance writer who hopes to one day make a career writing for film and television. His articles have appeared on a variety of websites. Lilley holds a Bachelor of Arts in film and video production from the University of Toledo in Ohio.

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