Battleship Texas State Historic Site in LaPorte, Texas (Harris County)

Download a Park MapFacility Reservations at the Park About the State Park Battleship Texas State Historic Site is located on the Houston Ship Channel near the San Jacinto Monument in LaPorte, Texas, in eastern Harris County. It is the final resting place of one of the oldest surviving modern naval ships, the USS Texas, a United States Navy battleship commissioned in 1914 … [Read more...]

Bastrop State Park in Bastrop, Texas (Bastrop County)

Download a Park MapMake Reservations at the Park About the State Park Bastrop State Park is located in Bastrop, Texas, and is part of the "Lost Pines" ecoregion, so-named because it's home to the westernmost population of loblolly pines, separated from the Piney Woods of East Texas by over 100 miles. In September 2011, a devastating wildfire burned 95% of the park, leaving … [Read more...]

Balmorhea State Park in Toyahvale, Texas (Reeves County)

Download a Park MapMake Reservations at the Park About the State Park Balmorhea State Park is located on the San Solomon Springs near Balmorhea, Texas, in Reeves County. Activities include: birding, camping, geocaching, nature study, picnicking, swimming (no lifeguard), SCUBA diving, skin diving, nature study, and wildlife observation. The park is best-known for its … [Read more...]

Atlanta State Park – Wright Patman Lake in Atlanta, Texas (Cass County)

Download a Park MapMake Reservations at the Park About the State Park Atlanta State Park is on the south shore of 20,300-acre Wright Patman Lake. Activities include: bicycling, boating, canoeing (rentals available), camping, fishing, hiking, geocaching, picnicking, bicycling, swimming (no lifeguard), birding, and nature study. There are 4.8 miles of hiking trails, including … [Read more...]

Abilene State Park – Lake Abilene in Tuscola, Texas (Taylor County)

Download a Park MapMake Reservations at the Park About the State Park Abilene State Park is a 529-acre park located on the eastern shore of Lake Abilene in Tuscola, Texas in Taylor County. Activities include: bicycling, boating, camping, fishing, hiking, geocaching, nature study, picnicking, swimming, and wildlife observation. The park's swimming pool is open during the … [Read more...]

Texas Wildflowers 2016

Wildflowers are still everywhere, so be sure to get out and enjoy them! Here's a small gallery of Texas wildflower photos we took during a leisurely 2 mile walk in and around Bullis County Park in San Antonio, Texas, on March 31, 2016. … [Read more...]

White-tail Deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

White-tail deer are the most abundant large game species in North America. The whitetail population is largest in Texas, where an estimated three to four million of the deer reside. Their characteristic tails are held erect when fleeing to display the white underside; the rest of their body is reddish-brown in summer and grayish-brown in winter. Fawns less than six months of … [Read more...]

Black-bellied Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna autumnalis)

Many birders travel to Texas to glimpse the black-bellied whistling duck, a year-round resident of the lower Texas Gulf Coast and other portions of the state. The whistling duck is also found in Mexico, Central and South America and occasionally in Arizona, California and Louisiana, as well. Known for its high-pitched whistling call, the whistling duck's long legs and neck … [Read more...]

Coyote (Canis latrans)

Also known as the "prairie wolf," the coyote is Texas' most frequently viewed large carnivore. Characterized by a dog-like body and a long, bushy tail, the coyote weighs an average of just thirty pounds. Their thick coat is grayish in color, with reddish tinges to the legs and ears, and a lighter-colored belly and nape. Coyotes have yellow eyes which reflect as greenish-gold at … [Read more...]

American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis)

Attaining a length of six to eight feet at adulthood, the American alligator is North America's largest flesh-eating reptile. The alligator's thick and powerful tail, used for propulsion and defense, accounts for half its body length. Similar in appearance to the endangered American crocodile, the American alligator has a stockier build and broader head and snout; unlike … [Read more...]