Texas Wildflowers

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

Arkansas Bend Park – Lake Travis in Austin, Texas (Travis County)

About the County Park

Aerial of Arkansas Bend & other area parks along the Colorado River & Lake Travis. | Photo credit: Joe Mabel

One of the most isolated and untouched parks in Travis County, this peaceful 323-acre park lies on the north shore of Lake Travis near the community of Lago Vista and combines many of the best qualities of other Lake Travis parks. The parks’ two miles of shoreline offer opportunities for hiking, fishing, camping, picnicking and lake access via an excellent boat ramp. Several inviting, shaded picnic and camping areas are situated along a bluff above a gently sloping, rocky waterfront.


The park is located on the north shore of Lake Travis. From I-35, take US 183 NW for 13.5 miles to Lohman’s Crossing S 4.5 mi to Sylvester Ford Road.

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The park is available for day use only, from sunrise to sunset. No overnight camping is permitted.


A park entrance fee is charged per day — $10 per vehicle, $3 per pedestrian or bicyclist. An annual permit can be purchased for $75 to enable free day use for one vehicle and a $5 discount off camping fees in Travis County parks that permit camping.


Check the Wild Texas Events Calendar for activities scheduled at the park.

Austin, Texas Weather

Austin, Texas, weather forecast

Official Contact Information

The County Park is managed by the Travis County Parks Department.

Travis County Parks Department Arkansas Bend Park
16900 Cherry Ln.
Lago Vista, Texas 78645

Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site in Anderson, Texas (Grimes County)

About the State Park

Fanthorp Inn | Photo credit: Terry Loendorf

Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site is a 6-acre park that exists to preserve a historic hotel that is on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1834, the clapboard-covered log structure served as a hotel and store, as well as the region’s first post office.

Notably, the Vice President of the Republic of Texas in 1845 (Kenneth Lewis Anderson) died from illness while staying at the Inn enroute to Washington-on-the-Brazos.


The park is located in Anderson, off State Highway 90, 10 miles east of Navasota and State Highway 6, which connects Bryan/College Station and Houston.

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The park is available for public tours on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Reservations are required for group tours.


There is no entrance fee for the park.


Check the Wild Texas Events Calendar for activities scheduled at the park.

Anderson, Texas Weather

Anderson, Texas, weather forecast

Photo Gallery

Official Contact Information

The State Historic Site is managed by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.

Texas Parks & Wildlife Department Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site
579 S. Main St.
Anderson, TX 77830
Telephone: (936)873-2633