Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge 'Aligator' © Pat Butaud
Odd colored aligator. January 2010
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Odd colored aligator. January 2010

Dinosaur Valley State Park
© Karyl K Holloway

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.

Dinosaur Valley State Park
© Karyl K Holloway

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.

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Abilene State Park
Abilene State Park, southwest of Abilene, in Taylor County, is among a low range of hills called the Callahan Divide, in the extreme western portion of North Central Texas. Acquired in 1933 by deed from the City of Abilene, the park's total acreage is 529.4.........more >
Big Spring State Park
Tucked in the side of Conococheague Mountain, Big Spring State Park is a quaint picnic and hiking area. A short loop trail leads to a partially completed railroad tunnel with historic interpretation at the trailhead. The park also provides access to the Iron Horse Trail for day and overnight hiking. ........more >
Buffalo Lake National Wildlife Refuge
A valuable wintering area for migrating waterfowl, thousands of ducks and geese over-winter on Buffalo Lake National Wildlife Refuge every year. Located in Randall County in the Texas Panhandle, the refuge is made up of 7,664 acres of shortgrass prairie, riparian, marsh, woodland and cropland habitats. ........more >
Fort Belknap State Park
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Fort Griffin State Park
Fort Griffin State Park and Historic Site is 506.2 acres, with 1500 feet of river area north of Albany in Shackelford County. The state was deeded the land by Shackelford County in 1935. The Civilian Conservation Corps CCC built many of the park's facilities before the park opened to the public in 1938. ........more >
Lake Brownwood State Park
Lake Brownwood State Park, in Brown County, is 537.5 acres acquired by deed from the Brown County Water Improvement District No. 1 in 1934 that was opened in 1938. Near the geographical center of Texas, the park is situated on Lake Brownwood, a 7300-surface-acre reservoir created by damming Pecan ........more >
Lake Meredith National Recreation Area
Contrasting spectacularly with its surroundings, Lake Meredith lies on the dry and windswept High Plains of the Texas Panhandle. The lake itself was created by Sanford Dam on the Canadian River it now fills many breaks whose walls are crowned with white limestone caprock, scenic buttes, pinnacles, and ........more >
Mac Kenzie State Park
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Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge
Muleshoe, the oldest national wildlife refuge in Texas, is one of a chain of refuges in the central flyway. Located on the high plains of west Texas, Muleshoe was established as a wintering area for migratory waterfowl and sandhill cranes. When sufficient water is present, the refuge hosts large numbers ........more >
Palo Duro State Park
Palo Duro Canyon State Park consists of 16,402 acres in Armstrong and Randall Counties, south of Amarillo in the Texas Panhandle. The land was deeded by private owners in 1933. From 1933 until 1937, the Civilian Conservation Corps CCC sent six companies of young men and military veterans to Palo Duro ........more >
Possum Kingdom State Park
Possum Kingdom State Park, west of Mineral Wells in Palo Pinto County, is 1528.7 acres adjacent to Possum Kingdom Lake. Some of the rock facilities at the park were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps CCC in the early 1940s. The area was acquired by deed from the Brazos River Authority in ........more >
State Fish Hatchery Number 1
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State Fish Hatchery Number 2
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