Best Birding in Texas

This list represents the most popular birding in Texas. Use this list to plan your next Texas birding trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Sam Houston National Forest and Huntsville State Park


The 158,411-acre Sam Houston National Forest, about 50 miles north of Houston, offers ready access to numerous clusters of the endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker. The forest also contains some of the…
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#2. Plano Outdoor Learning Center


The Plano Outdoor Learning Center, operated by the Plano Independent School District, is part of the city’s larger Bob Woodruff Park in east Plano. Because it is a teaching center, the trails are heav…
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#3. Cedar Hill State Park and Dallas Nature Center


The 1,810-acre state park, which lies along the northeastern edge of Joe Pool Lake, opened in 1992. The park lies in the rugged chain of wooded hills known as the Cedar Mountains, and is less than an…
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#4. Garner State Park


This 1,420-acre park is one of the most attractive but also one of the busiest in the state. Park recreational activities include hiking, cycling, fishing, swimming, canoeing, tubing, pedal boating, a…
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#5. Balmorhea Lake and Balmorhea State Park


The state park and lake are near San Solomon Springs, a group of artesian and gravity springs that produce 80 million gallons of water daily; they are known as the Oasis of West Texas. The area has be…
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#6. Lost Maples State Park


This 2,208-acre park is named for the abundant bigtooth maples that annually provide brilliant red, yellow, and orange colors from late October to mid-November. Lost Maples is a hiking park with 11 mi…
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#7. W. G. Jones State Forest


This 1,725-acre state forest was named for W. Goodrich Jones, the “Father of Forestry” in Texas. Primarily a native loblolly pine forest, it is managed as a “demonstration forest” to test various fore…
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#8. Park Chalk Bluff


Park Chalk Bluff is a 500-acre private park that offers fishing, swimming, tubing, paddle-boating, scuba diving, biking, miniature golf, hay rides, dancing, picnicking, horseback riding, and birding.…
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#9. Lake Tawakoni


The 36,700-acre Lake Tawakoni, one of the state’s larger manmade reservoirs, is one of the two Sabine River Authority impoundments on the main stem of the Sabine River. The river begins in north-centr…
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Greenville, TX - Birding
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#10. White Rock Lake Park


The 1,119-acre lake, situated in White Rock Lake Park in northeast Dallas, is a popular boating (no motorized craft) lake. Although the wooded portion of the park still supports a good variety of bird…
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Garland, TX - Birding
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#11. Brazos Bend State Park


One of Texas’s most beautiful and rewarding state parks, Brazos Bend is worth a visit anytime — though you might want to avoid summer weekends, when its popularity and proximity to Houston can make fo…
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Richmond, TX - Birding
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#12. Mustang Island State Park and Packery Channel County Park


Mustang Island, the barrier island just north of Padre Island, is situated between the mainland and the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The park receives heavy visitor use, especially on weekends,…
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Port Aransas, TX - Birding
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#13. Atlanta State Park and Wright Patman Lake


The 1,474-acre state park is the largest of the many parks surrounding the reservoir. The 20,300-acre Wright Patman Lake (a conservation pool) and most of the surrounding lands are administered by the…
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Atlanta, TX - Birding
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#14. Brazos Bend State Park


The 4,897-acre park, named for a bend in the Brazos River, has a rich diversity of habitats that attract a wide variety of wildlife, including 270 species of birds, 23 mammals, and 21 reptiles and amp…
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Rosenberg, TX - Birding
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#15. Guadalupe River State Park


The 1,900-acre park is bisected by the clear waters of the Guadalupe River, which cuts through the rugged, scenic landscape of the Hill Country. The huge bald cypress trees that edge the river form a…
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Boerne, TX - Birding
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#16. Choke Canyon State Park and James E. Daugherty Wildlife Management Area


This state park was opened in 1986, and features fishing and boating on the 26,000-surface-acre Choke Canyon Reservoir, created to supply water to Corpus Christi. The Calliham Unit has a recreational…
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Calliham, TX - Birding
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#17. Pedernales Falls State Park


This 4,860-acre park, bisected by the Pedernales River, is a hiker’s park with more than 20 miles of meandering trails, including the 8.2-mile Wolf Mountain Trail. Pedernales Falls extends for about 3…
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Johnson City, TX - Birding
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#18. King Ranch


Though the King Ranch is a private, commercial operation,and visits are expensive compared to a state park or wildlife refuge, birders may well want to consider a tour here. Not only will you experien…
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Kingsville, TX - Birding
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#19. Sea Rim State Park


This gulfside park offers camping, a bathhouse, and 5 miles of beach where kids (and adults) can play and swim. Primitive camping is permitted along 2 miles of the beach, often allowing you to pitch a…
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Sabine Pass, TX - Birding
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#20. Lake Mineral Wells State Park


This 2,809-acre park, including the 646-acre Lake Mineral Wells, incorporates lands donated by the city of Mineral Wells and the transfer of a portion of Fort Wolters army post by the federal governme…
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Mineral Wells, TX - Birding
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