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.

  • #1 Sam Houston National Forest and Huntsville State Park

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    Cleveland, TX

    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 ...
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    The 158,411-acre Sam Houston National Forest, about 50 miles north of Houston, offers ready access to numerous clusters of ...

  • #2 Plano Outdoor Learning Center

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    Plano, TX

    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 ...
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    The Plano Outdoor Learning Center, operated by the Plano Independent School District, is part of the city’s larger Bob Woodruff ...

  • #3 Cedar Hill State Park and Dallas Nature Center

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    Duncanville, TX

    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 ...
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    The 1,810-acre state park, which lies along the northeastern edge of Joe Pool Lake, opened in 1992. The park lies in the ...

  • #4 W. G. Jones State Forest

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    Conroe, TX

    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 ...
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    This 1,725-acre state forest was named for W. Goodrich Jones, the “Father of Forestry” in Texas. Primarily a native loblolly ...

  • #5 Garner State Park

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    Leakey, TX

    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, ...
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    This 1,420-acre park is one of the most attractive but also one of the busiest in the state. Park recreational activities ...

  • #6 Balmorhea Lake and Balmorhea State Park

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    Balmorhea, TX

    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 ...
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    The state park and lake are near San Solomon Springs, a group of artesian and gravity springs that produce 80 million gallons ...

  • #7 Lost Maples State Park

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    Vanderpool, TX

    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 ...
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    This 2,208-acre park is named for the abundant bigtooth maples that annually provide brilliant red, yellow, and orange colors ...

  • #8 Park Chalk Bluff

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    Uvalde, TX

    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 ...
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    Park Chalk Bluff is a 500-acre private park that offers fishing, swimming, tubing, paddle-boating, scuba diving, biking, ...

  • #9 Lake Tawakoni

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    Greenville, TX

    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 n ...
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    The 36,700-acre Lake Tawakoni, one of the state’s larger manmade reservoirs, is one of the two Sabine River Authority impoundments ...

  • #10 Brazos Bend State Park

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    Richmond, TX

    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 ...
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    One of Texas’s most beautiful and rewarding state parks, Brazos Bend is worth a visit anytime — though you might want to ...

  • #11 Mustang Island State Park and Packery Channel County Park

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    Port Aransas, TX

    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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    Mustang Island, the barrier island just north of Padre Island, is situated between the mainland and the open waters of the ...

  • #12 Atlanta State Park and Wright Patman Lake

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    Atlanta, TX

    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 ...
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    The 1,474-acre state park is the largest of the many parks surrounding the reservoir. The 20,300-acre Wright Patman Lake ...

  • #13 Brazos Bend State Park

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    Rosenberg, TX

    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 ...
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    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 ...

  • #14 Lake Mineral Wells State Trailway

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    TX

    Lake Mineral Wells State Trailway is a hiking and biking trail in Palo Pinto County and Parker County, Texas. It is 19.9 miles long and begins at 1,114 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail ...
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    Lake Mineral Wells State Trailway is a hiking and biking trail in Palo Pinto County and Parker County, Texas. It is 19.9 ...

  • #15 Guadalupe River State Park

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    Boerne, TX

    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 ...
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    The 1,900-acre park is bisected by the clear waters of the Guadalupe River, which cuts through the rugged, scenic landscape ...

  • #16 Choke Canyon State Park and James E. Daugherty Wildlife Management Area

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    Calliham, TX

    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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    This state park was opened in 1986, and features fishing and boating on the 26,000-surface-acre Choke Canyon Reservoir, created ...

  • #17 Pedernales Falls State Park

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    Johnson City, TX

    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 ...
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    This 4,860-acre park, bisected by the Pedernales River, is a hiker’s park with more than 20 miles of meandering trails, including ...

  • #18 King Ranch

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    Kingsville, TX

    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 ...
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    Though the King Ranch is a private, commercial operation,and visits are expensive compared to a state park or wildlife refuge, ...

  • #19 Davy Crockett National Forest

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    Apple Springs, TX

    The 161,497-acre Davy Crockett National Forest is managed under the multiple-use concept with logging, hunting, and other recreational activities. The forest contains a 20-mile hiking trail, ...
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    The 161,497-acre Davy Crockett National Forest is managed under the multiple-use concept with logging, hunting, and other ...

  • #20 Sea Rim State Park

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    Sabine Pass, TX

    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 ...
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    This gulfside park offers camping, a bathhouse, and 5 miles of beach where kids (and adults) can play and swim. Primitive ...