Balmorhea State Park in Toyahvale, Texas (Reeves County)

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San Solomon Springs, Balmorhea, West Texas | Photo credit: Lars Plougmann

San Solomon Springs, Balmorhea, West Texas | Photo credit: Lars Plougmann

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 1.75-acre, 3.5-million gallon spring-fed swimming pool which was built around San Solomon Springs in 1933 by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). [Read more…]

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

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Sunset on Wright Patman Lake | Photo credit: Terry Loendorf

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 a .8-mile nature trail.

The 1,475-acre park features a dense pine and oak forest, attracting a variety of woodland birds including brown-headed nuthatches and pine warblers. Fall foliage displays can be impressive, as can the dogwoods blooming in spring. [Read more…]

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

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Details of Park Entrance Signs & Rockwork | Photo credit: Texas State Archives

Details of Park Entrance Signs & Rockwork | Photo credit: Texas State Archives

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 summer months.

Wildlife viewing opportunities exist for white-tailed deer, raccoons, nine-banded armadillos, foxes, Eastern fox squirrel and rock squirrel, Eastern cottontail, and coyotes. [Read more…]