Texas State Parks: 10 Hidden Gems

Beat the crowds and discover 10 of Texas’ overlooked state parks
by Rob McCorkle, Texas Parks and Wildlife

This month, we’re highlighting Texas Parks and Wildlife. And for every new “like” on Facebook, Camper Clinic II is donating $1 to help save Texas’ State Parks.  Please “like” our page on Facebook and “share” links to our campaign with your friends and fans!

Palo Duro Canyon

Parks like Palo Duro Canyon get – and deserve! – lots of attention. But Texas has many more hidden gems waiting to be discovered. (Photo copyright Mike Sloat)

Texas state parks make up a sprawling spider web of more than 90 sites stretching from Amarillo to Brownsville and El Paso to Sabine Pass. Most of us have frequented or at least heard of iconic parks like Bastrop, Garner, Palo Duro Canyon and others. But what about the lesser-known, unpolished gems in remote pockets of Texas just begging to be discovered?

Whether you’re looking for an off-the-beaten-path spelunking adventure, a glimpse of prehistoric Texas, a place for your kids to see a longhorn or bison, the perfect spot to pitch a tent beneath starry skies or simply a peaceful refuge from frenetic urban life, the following 10 unsung state parks have you covered.

Consider spending a day, a weekend or a week in one of these under-the-radar parks and discover why “Life’s Better Outside.”

  1. Village Creek State Park – Lumberton, Hardin County

  2. Seminole Canyon State Park & Historic Site – Comstock, Val Verde County

  3. Copper Breaks State Park – Quanah, Hardeman County

  4. Caprock Canyons State Park – Quitaque, Briscoe County

    Texas Bison Herd at Caprock Canyons

    Camper Clinic II fan Bob McSpadden shared this photo of the Texas Bison Herd heading to Lake Theo for water at Caprock Canyons State Park. Send us your photos, too, and you’ll be entered to win a one-year Texas State Park pass!

  5. Kickapoo Cavern State Park – Brackettville, Kinney/Edwards counties

  6. Estero Llano Grande State Park – Weslaco, Hidalgo County

  7. Fort Richardson State Park & Historic Site – Jacksboro, Jack County

  8. Goliad State Park & Historic Site – Goliad, Goliad County

  9. Meridian State Park – Meridian, Bosque County

  10. Purtis Creek State Park – Eustace, Van Zandt and Henderson counties

Female Collared Lizard

Robyn Ball, another Camper Clinic II fan, enjoys watching wildlife in the state parks, and snapped this shot of a female collared lizard in Caprock Canyons State Park.

This excerpt was reprinted with permission. Visit Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine to read all about Rob’s list of hidden gems! All are great choices for your next road trip with your travel trailer!

Many thanks to Mike Sloat and Bob McSpadden for sharing their photos photos for this blog post! Send us your photos of camping trips or wildlife, and you’ll be entered to win a one year State Parks Pass!

~G. Elaine Acker