Dinosaur Valley State Park '' © Karyl K Holloway
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© Karyl K Holloway

Eisenhower State Park
'Painting with Light'
© Jenny Carter Photography


Campsite 160 in Fossil Ridge Campground

Eisenhower State Park
© Jenny Carter Photography


This was taken from Fossil Ridge campground 160.

Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge
© Dennis Eccleston


The Javelina or Collared Peccary is a common sight under the bird feeders at least until the prickly pear cactus comes into spring flowering where they often fight over seed droppings while green jays often feed for these same seeds on their backs.

Balmorhea State Park
'Thousands of Fish'
© Allyson K. Ricketts


A typical Autumn day in Balmorhea State Park, Toyahvale Texas. The water is crystal clear and is ideal for snorkel activities and scuba.

Dinosaur Valley State Park
© Karyl K Holloway

Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge
© Copyright by Pat Butaud

Odd colored aligator. January 2010

Texas's Gulf Coast Region Parks

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Parks in this region are near these Texas Cities (click city name to see parks within 25 miles)

Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge
The chorus of thousands of waterfowl, the splash of an alligator going for a swim, the rustle of wind moving through coastal prairie, the high-pitched call of a fulvous whistling duck are just some of the sound you may hear when visiting Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge. This 34,000-acre haven for wildlife ........more >
Aransas National Wildlife Refuge
The bugle of an endangered whooping crane echoes across the far reaches of the marsh. Only at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge do North Americaaposs tallest birds find an enduring winter stronghold. Here, too, pelicans, herons, egrets, roseate spoonbills, ducks, and geese dine in brackish waters and ........more >
Aransas National Wildlife Refuge Airport
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Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge
The thunder of 40,000 snow geese taking flight, the salty breeze off the Texas Gulf, or the sight of a 12-foot alligator loafing on a muddy bank make a trip to Texas Mid-Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex a sensory banquet in any season. ltPgtThree national wildlife refuges -Brazoria, San Bernard ........more >
Copano Bay Causeway State Park
Copano Bay State Fishing Pier, a concession-operated state park, is a 5.9-acre park located five miles north of Rockport in Aransas County. The fishing pier, acquired by transfer of jurisdiction from the State Department of Highways and Public Transportation in 1967, was opened the same year. The old ........more >
Galveston Island State Park
Galveston Island State Park, in Galveston County, is in the City of Galveston on the west end of Galveston Island. It is a 2,013.1-acre site that was acquired in 1969 from private owners under the State Parks Bond Program and was opened in 1975.........more >
Goose Island State Park
Goose Island State Park, 321.4 acres, surrounded by the St. Charles and Aransas Bays, is located north of Rockport in Aransas County. The park was acquired in 1931-1935 by deeds from private owners and Legislative Act setting aside the state-owned Goose Island as a state park. The earliest park facilities ........more >
Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge
The south Texas landscape is a unique blending of temperate, subtropical, coastal, and desert habitats. Mexican plants and wildlife are at the northernmost edge of their range, while migrating waterfowl and sandhill cranes fly down for the mild winters. This combination makes Laguna Atascosa National ........more >
Lake Corpus Christi State Park
Lake Corpus Christi State Park, a 14,111.78-acre park, located in San Patricio, Jim Wells and Live Oak Counties, southwest of Mathis, was leased from the City of Corpus Christi in 1934 until 2032 and was opened in 1934. Many of the park's facilities were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps CCC ........more >
Padre Island National Seashore
Padre Island National Seashore, encompassing 130,434 acres, is the longest remaining undeveloped stretch of barrier island in the world, and offers a wide variety of flora and fauna as well as recreation. Please review this and the news pages for the latest information which may effect your visit. For ........more >
San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge
Gaze across the rippling marshes and ponds of San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge and its easy to imagine Texas as it was before settlement. Clouds of snow geese in winter or a warbler fallout in spring further convince any visitor that they have stepped back into earliest Texas. Less than half of ........more >
San Jacinto State Park
The San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site holds a significant responsibility to preserve the proud history of the State of Texas and the United States. The famous Battle of San Jacinto that brought TEXAS its independence was fought on this site. Because of the great importance of the Battle to ........more >
Texas Point National Wildlife Refuge
Bayous weave through a seemingly endless expanse of cordgrass, reptilian eyes at the waters surface witness the ever-changing variety of waterfowl, and the call of the clapper rail reverberates through the marsh. For hundreds of years, many of the sights and sounds within this dynamic eco-system have ........more >
Texas State Park
The Texas State Railroad TSRR dates back to an 1881 purchase of land dedicated to building a spur track. The purpose of the track was to connect the state owned prison iron smelting facilities, then under construction, with the Kansas and Gulf Shortline railroad. The KG was being built from Tyler to ........more >
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