Texas Natural Park Wonders

National and State Wonders Found in the Lone Star State:

Texas, known for its enormous size (largest among the continental 48; second beyond Alaska of all states), is home to the Rio Grande, Red River and Sabine Rivers -- and has four major physical regions: Gulf Coastal Plains, Interior Lowlands, Great Plains, and Basin and Range Province.

Let us be your guide to discovering these natural wonders. Follow the links below to obtain more information, insider tips, and pictures, as well as ideas for where to stay when visiting.

Texas Welcome Sign National Parks:

  • Big Bend National Park
  • Guadalupe Mountains National Park

    National Monuments:
  • Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument. Established: 1965. [Official Site]

    National Preserves:
  • Big Thicket National Preserve [Official Site]

    National Rivers:
  • Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River [Official Site]

    Big Bend National Park National Seashores:
  • Padre Island National Seashore [Official Site]

    National Marine Sanctuaries:
  • Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary [Official Site]

    National Recreation Trails:
  • Cameron Park Trails
  • Cargill Long Park Trail
  • Doeskin Ranch Trail System
  • Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge Trail
  • Four C National Hiking Trail
  • Heritage Trail Loop Trail
  • Lions Park Nature Trail
  • Lone Star Trail
  • Northshore Trail
  • San Gabriel River Trails
  • Town Lake Hike & Bike Trail
  • Walnut Grove Trail

    Guadalupe Mountains National Park National Recreation Areas:
  • Amistad National Recreation Area. Location: southwest Texas, an area around the U.S. portion of International Amistad Reservoir, and administered by the National Park Service. [Official Site]
  • Lake Meredith National Recreation Area. Location: north Texas, created by the Sanford Dam, supplies water for 11 cities in the Texas panhandle, and administered by the National Park Service. [Official Site]

    National Forests:
  • Angelina National Forest. Location: Lufkin, Texas. [Official Site]
  • Davy Crockett National Forest. Location: Ratcliff, Texas. [Official Site]
  • Sabine National Forest. Location: Shelbyville, Texas. [Official Site]
  • Sam Houston National Forest. Location: New Waverly, Texas. [Official Site]

    National Grasslands:
  • Caddo/LBJ National Grassland [Official Site]

    Padre Island National Seashore National Wildlife Refuges:
  • Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge
  • Aransas National Wildlife Refuge
  • Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge
  • Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge
  • Big Boggy National Wildlife Refuge
  • Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge
  • Buffalo Lake National Wildlife Refuge
  • Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge
  • Grulla National Wildlife Refuge
  • Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge
  • Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge
  • Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge
  • McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge
  • Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge
  • San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge
  • Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge
  • Texas Point National Wildlife Refuge
  • Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge

    National Wilderness Areas:
  • Big Slough Wilderness
  • Guadalupe Mountains Wilderness
  • Indian Mounds Wilderness
  • Little Lake Creek Wilderness
  • Turkey Hill Wilderness
  • Upland Island Wilderness

    Brazos Bend State Park Texas State Parks, Campgrounds, Recreational Areas:
  • Abilene State Park
  • Atlanta State Park
  • Balmorhea State Park
  • Bastrop State Park
  • Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park
  • Big Bend Ranch State Natural Area
  • Big Spring State Park
  • Blanco State Park
  • Boca Chica State Park
  • Bonham State Park
  • Brazos Bend State Park
  • Buescher State Park
  • Caddo Lake State Park
  • Caprock Canyons State Park and Trailway
  • Cedar Hill State Park
  • Choke Canyon State Parks
  • Cleburne State Park
  • Colorado Bend State Park
  • Cooper Lake State Parks
  • Copano Bay State Fishing Pier
  • Copper Breaks State Park
  • Daingerfield State Park
  • Davis Mountains State Parks
  • Devils River State Natural Area
  • Devil's Sinkhole State Natural Area
  • Dinosaur Valley State Park
  • Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
  • Eisenhower State Park
  • Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
  • Fairfield Lake State Park
  • Falcon State Park
  • Fort Boggy State Park
  • Fort Parker State Park
  • Franklin Mountains State Park
  • Galveston Island State Park
  • Garner State Park
  • Goose Island State Park
  • Government Canyon State Natural Area
  • Guadalupe River State Park
  • Hill Country State Natural Area
  • Honey Creek State Natural Area
  • Huntsville State Park
  • Inks Lake State Park
  • Kerrville-Schreiner State Park
  • Kickapoo Cavern State Park
  • Lake Arrowhead State Park
  • Lake Bob Sandlin State Park
  • Lake Brownwood State Park
  • Lake Casa Blanca International State Park
  • Lake Colorado State Park
  • Lake Corpus Christi State Park
  • Lake Houston State Park
  • Lake Livingston State Park
  • Lake Mineral Wells State Parks and Trailway
  • Lake Rita Blanca State Park
  • Lake Somerville State Parks & Trailway
  • Palo Duro Canyon State Park
  • Lake Tawakoni State Park
  • Lake Texana State Park
  • Lake Whitney State Park
  • Lockhart State Park
  • Longhorn Cavern State Park
  • Lost Maples State Natural Area
  • Martin Creek Lake State Park
  • Martin Dies, Jr. State Park
  • Matagorda Island State Park
  • McKinney Falls State Park
  • Meridian State Park
  • Monahans Sandhills State Park
  • Mother Neff State Park
  • Mustang Island State Park
  • Palmetto State Park
  • Palo Duro State Park
  • Pedernales Falls State Park
  • Port Lavaca State Fishing Pier
  • Possum Kingdom State Park
  • Purtis Creek State Park
  • Ray Roberts Lake State Park
  • Rusk and Palestine State Parks
  • San Angelo State Park
  • Sea Rim State Park
  • Sheldon Lake State Park
  • South Llano River State Park
  • Tyler State Park
  • Village Creek State Park
  • Hamilton Pool Nature Preserve, Texas


    State Scenic Roads and Byways:
  • Texas Brazos Trail
  • Texas Forest Trail
  • Texas Forts Trail
  • Texas Hill Country Trail
  • Texas Independence Trail
  • Texas Lakes Trail
  • Texas Mountain Trail
  • Texas Pecos Trail
  • Texas Plains Trail
  • Texas Tropical Trail


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