Balmorhea State Park

Established 1968 | Reeves County | 751 acres Established 1968 | Reeves County | 751 acres Scuba Diving in Balmorhea | The Cummings Collection (1964) San Solomon Springs has served as a vital natural resource for thousands of years, from prehistoric hunter-gatherers and the Mescalero Apache to Mexican farmers and white settlers. As personal car ownership soared in the early … Read More

Bastrop State Park

Established 1937 | Bastrop County | 6,600 acres Established 1937 | Bastrop County | 6,600 acres Bastrop State Park | Made in Texas (1990) To create harmony with the surrounding landscape, Bastrop State Park architect Arthur Fehr directed Civilian Conservation Corps Companies 1805 and 1811 to use native woods and sandstone. The craftsmanship of the park’s facilities contributed to its … Read More

Battleship Texas State Historic Site

Established 1983 | Harris County Established 1983 | Harris County Battleship Texas | The Easterwood Family Films (1958) Launched on May 18, 1912, USS Texas saw action in both World War I and World War II, including D-Day and the Battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. In 1948, the battleship made anchorage along the Houston Ship Channel near the San … Read More

Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park

Established 1944 | Hidalgo County | 764 acres Established 1944 | Hidalgo County | 764 acres Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park | Exploring the Texas State Park System (1970s) As this 1970s government film segment explains, Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park is “one of the few remaining tracks of Lower Rio Grande Valley brush.” Encompassing multiple biodiverse habitats, the park … Read More

Blanco State Park

Established 1934 | Blanco County | 104 acres Established 1934 | Blanco County | 104 acres Blanco State Park | Vacation Trails: Hill Country and the Highland Lakes (1943) Blanco State Park was among the first Texas parks constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps, with Company 854 working six days a week for 11 months to build roads, bridges, dams, … Read More

Buescher State Park

Established 1940 | Bastrop County | 1,016 acres Established 1940 | Bastrop County | 1,016 acres Buescher State Park | The Coltman Collection (1973) The land of Buescher State Park was once part of Stephen F. Austin’s colonial grant from the Spanish government. To create the park, architect Arthur Fehr reimagined the existing Smithville State Park as a sister to … Read More

Caddo Lake State Park

Established 1933 | Harrison County | 468 acres Established 1933 | Harrison County | 468 acres Caddo Lake State Park | Texas: Land of Contrast (1966) People have lived in the wilderness surrounding Caddo Lake for at least 12,000 years, including the Caddo Native American tribes that gave the lake its name. The surrounding forests and wetlands are home to … Read More

Caprock Canyons State Park

Established 1982 | Briscoe County | 15,314 acres Established 1982 | Briscoe County | 15,314 acres Texas State Bison Herd | The Weidman Collection (1998) In 1882, Charles Goodnight began purchasing vast acres of land in the Texas Panhandle to create the J.A. Ranch—part of which would later become Caprock Canyons State Park. At the urging of his wife, Mary, … Read More

Daingerfield State Park

Established 1938 | Morris County | 507 acres Established 1938 | Morris County | 507 acres Daingerfield State Park | Adventure at Our Door (c. 1959) While people have come to the area surrounding Daingerfield State Park for thousands of years (nearby prehistoric sites date to 9,500 BCE), the Civilian Conservation Corps created much of what park visitors encounter today. … Read More

Davis Mountains State Park

Established 1938 | Davis County | 2,709 acres Established 1938 | Davis County | 2,709 acres Davis Mountains State Park | Adventure at Our Door (c. 1959) The Texas Legislature long considered the Davis Mountains an ideal destination for vacationing motorists and train travelers, so park development began soon after local ranchers donated the necessary acreage. The Civilian Conservation Corps … Read More