Texas National Parks
The beautiful state of Texas is filled with amazing historic, natural and other attractions. Many of these wonderful destinations are preserved in the national parks. Throughout these parks are some amazing sights. Here are some of the state's amazing state parks.
Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument
Visitors to the Alibates Flint Quarries can enjoy ranger guided hikes of the park. These guided tours are one mile and take about two hours. Visitors can explore the mesa, which is covered with flint. These quarries were hand dug over 1,000 years ago. The quarries are only accessible by ranger guided tour, but visitors have the opportunity to enjoy all that the park has to offer.
Amistad National Recreation Area
Amistad National Recreation Area is an amazing Texas destination for recreating as well as wildlife watching and more. The recreation area is located on the U.S. portion of the International Amistad Reservoir. While here visitors can enjoy a wide variety of recreation, including hiking, fishing, boating and more. Another interesting feature of the park are the Native American pictographs, which are 4,000 years old and give visitors a view into the history of the region.
Big Bend National Park
Located in Southwestern Texas, Big Bend National Park is an amazing place to experience the natural wonders of Texas. You can experience the Chihuahuan Desert and the Rio Grande River as well as other environments. Within Big Bend National Park you can take the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive, or enjoy the Old Maverick Road. The Castolon Historic District has exhibits and some historic adobe buildings. Of course every visitor to the Big Bend National Park should stop at Santa Elena Canyon and go for a float down the Rio Grande. While exploring these regions visitors should watch for mountain lions, which live throughout the park, even in the Chihuahuan Desert.
Fort Davis National Historic Site
This is an example of a frontier military post from around 1854 to 1891. Visitors can learn about the history of Fort Davis, as well as take a tour of five restored buildings, and many more ruins. Fort Davis also has presentations of the daily routine of a soldier during the time period around 1875. This national park is also a good destination for hiking and more.
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Guadalupe Mountains National Park extends from the low desert to the high mountains, encompassing the wide variety of plant and animal life within these different ecosystems. Visitors to this park can enjoy over 80 miles of trails throughout the park, which travel through canyons, woodlands, springs, mountainous wilderness and more. McKittrick Canyon has beautiful limestone walls, and Dog Canyon is a wonderful forested canyon at the edge of the wilderness in the park. Guadalupe Mountains National Park is also home to the Salt Basin Dunes, which are a fascinating, windswept landscape.
Lake Meredith National Recreation Area
Visitors to Lake Meredith National Recreation Area can enjoy this beautiful destination. The Lake is located in the high plains in the Texas Panhandle. This environment is grassland, with the Canadian River passing through it. Throughout the year visitors can enjoy the beautiful natural features of this park. Visitors can enjoy boating, fishing, swimming, birdwatching, fishing and much more.
Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park
The Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park provides visitors to Texas with a fantastic opportunity to learn about the 36th President. Visitors to this park can start at the National Park Visitor Center where travelers can learn about the park from the park rangers. Visitors can also explore the Boyhood Home, which is where President Johnson spent his childhood years. Another aspect of the park is the Johnson Settlement, which is the location where Johnson's grandparents settled in Texas in the 1860s.
Padre Island National Seashore
Padre Island National Seashore is located along the south Texas Coast, and the National Seashore protects the longest undeveloped stretch of barrier island in the world. Visitors can enjoy over 70 miles of sandy beach. These white sand beaches have warm water and nice sandy dunes, great for beach driving, biking, camping, birdwatching, fishing, picnicing, swimming and beachcombing. The beachcombing at Padre Island is particularly good because of the items brought to shore by the currents in the Gulf of Mexico, including seashells and much more. Visitors should be aware that there are strong currents offshore, so care should be taken when swimming.
Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park
The Battle at Palo Alto was the first battle in the war between the United States and Mexico. This battle took place on May 8, 1846. Visitors to this site can learn about the history of the battle, as well as understanding the events and consequences of the war. The visitor center offers visitors an introduction to the park and information about the history of the site. In addition visitors can explore the park and enjoy the programs and activities offered by the park.
Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River
This national park protects a beautiful scenic region of of the Rio Grande River. Visitors to this park can enjoy some amazing water recreation. The Rio Grand Wild & Scenic River is the ideal destination for a relaxing paddle and drifting experience. There are a variety of canyons that travelers can explore, including Mariscal Canyon, Boquillas Canyon, and the Lower Canyons.