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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.

Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge
© Copyright by Pat Butaud

Odd colored aligator. January 2010

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

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Angelina National Forest
Welcome to the Angelina National Forest, one of four National Forests in Texas. Located in the heart of east Texas, the 153,179-acre Angelina National Forest is located in Angelina, Nacogdoches, San Augustine and Jasper counties. The forest lies in the Neches River Basin and on the north and south shores ........more >
Atlanta State Park
Atlanta State Park is 1475 acres on Lake Wright Patman Dam in Cass County, a few miles southwest of Texarkana. Texas acquired the land in 1954 by Department of the Army License which expires in 2004 with option to renew to 2054.........more >
Caddo Lake State Park
Thick bald cypress and a tangle of aquatic plants thrive in the waters at Caddo Lake State Park. Because the vegetation is so lush, much of the lake is really a maze of sloughs, bayous, and ponds. The park affords excellent access to the diverse fishing in Texas. Also popular are the park's quaint cabins, ........more >
Daingerfield State Park
Daingerfield State Park, in Morris County southwest of Texarkana, is a 550.89-acre recreational area including an 80-surface-acre lake, deeded in 1935 by private owners and opened in 1938.........more >
Davy Crockett National Forest
The Davy Crockett National Forest, named for the legendary pioneer, contains more than 160,000 acres of East Texas woodlands, streams, recreation areas, and wildlife habitat. Located in Houston and Trinity Counties, the forest is centrally located within the Neches and Trinity River basins. The Davy ........more >
E O Siecke State Forest
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Fairchild State Forest
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Huntsville State Park
Huntsville State Park is a 2083.2-acre recreational area, six miles southwest of Huntsville, in Walker County. It was acquired by deeds from private owners in 1937 and was opened in 1938.........more >
Jasper State Fish Hatchery
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Jim Hogg State Park
Jim Hogg is 178.4 acres of East Texas Pineywoods east of Rusk in Cherokee County. The property was deeded by the City of Rusk in 1941 and was opened the same year. It is now managed by the City of Rusk. A memorial to the state's first native born governor, James Stephen Hogg, 1891 - 1895. During ........more >
John H Kirby State Forest
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Lake Bob Sandlin State Park
Lake Bob Sandlin State Park is a 639.8-acre park located on the heavily-wooded shoreline on the north side of the 9400-acre Lake Bob Sandlin, located southeast of Mount Pleasant in Titus County. It was acquired in 1979 and was opened 1987. There is evidence of prehistoric Caddoan people which occupied ........more >
Mission Tejas State Park
Mission Tejas State Park is a 363.5-acre park in Houston County, 22 miles northeast of Crockett. The park was constructed in 1935 and acquired in 1957 by Legislative Act from the Texas Forest Service, at which time it was open to the public. The park was built in 1934 by Co. 888 of Civilian Conservation ........more >
Sabine National Forest
Located in the pineywoods of east Texas, the 160,656-acre Sabine National Forest is the easternmost of the four national forests in Texas and forms part of the boundary between Texas and Louisiana. The forest is situated on the western slopes of the Sabine River watershed within Sabine, San Augustine, ........more >
Sam Houston National Forest
The Sam Houston National Forest, one of four National Forests in Texas, is located 50 miles north of Houston. The forest contains 163, 037 acres between Huntsville, Conroe, Cleveland and Richards, Texas. With land in Montgomery, Walker, and San Jacinto counties, the Sam Houston National Forest is intermingled ........more >
Tyler State Park
Tyler State Park is 985.5 acres in Smith County, north of Tyler. The park includes a 64-acre lake. The land was deeded by private owners in 1934 and 1935 original improvements were made by the Civilian Conservation Corps CCC. The park opened in 1939.........more >
W G Jones State Forest
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