Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Day Trips From Austin: State Parks



Sure, you can always play at the park down the street, but if you are looking to mix it up a little, you can always pack a picnic and head to a nearby state park. In addition to hiking, biking, fishing, swimming, wading and adventuring, you can also stargaze, geocache, take part in the Texas Nature Challenge and kids can become Junior Rangers. You can check the Texas Parks & Wildlife calendar for upcoming events.

Kids 12 and under are free, and adults are affordable, considering you can get a whole day of fun out of your entrance fee. If you have older kids or plan to spend a lot of time at state parks this year, you might consider springing for a Texas State Parks Pass. Some parks are crowded during the summer months, so you may need to arrive early, in case capacity limits are reached. Also, keep in mind that impacts from severe weather can shut down or close parts of the park.

Here is a list of Texas State Parks which are close to Austin:

Bastrop State Park
(512) 321-2101
3005 Hwy. 21 East
Bastrop

Blanco State Park
(830) 833-4333
101 Park Road 23
Blanco

Buescher State Park
(512) 237-2241
100 Park Road 1E
Smithville

Colorado Bend State Park
(325) 628-3240
Bend

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
(830) 685-3636
16710 Ranch Rd. 965
Fredericksburg

Government Canyon State Natural Area
(210) 688-9055
12861 Galm Rd
San Antonio

Guadalupe River State Park
(830) 438-2656
3350 Park Rd. 31
Spring Branch

Hill Country State Natural Area
(830) 796-4413  
10600 Bandera Creek Rd
Bandera

Honey Creek State Natural Area
(830) 438-2656
c/o Guadalupe River State Park
3350 Park Road 31
Spring Branch

Inks Lake State Park
(512) 793-2223
3630 Park Road 4 West
Burnet

Lake Somerville State Park - Birch Creek
(979) 535-7763
14222 Park Road 57
Somerville

Lake Somerville State Park - Nails Creek

Lockhart State Park
(512) 398-3479
4179 State Park Road
Lockhart

Longhorn Cavern State Park
(830) 598-CAVE
6211 Park Road 4 S
Marble Falls

Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site (830) 644-2252
1472 State Park Road 52
Stonewall

McKinney Falls State Park
(512) 243-1643
5808 McKinney Falls Parkway
Austin

Monument Hill & Kreische Brewery State Historic Site
(979) 968-5658
414 State Loop 92
La Grange

Palmetto State Park
(830) 672-3266
78 Park Road 11 South
Gonzales

Pedernales Falls State Park
(830) 868-7304
2585 Park Road 6026
Johnson City


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