Fairfield Lake

State Park - Texas

Fairfield Lake State Park is located northeast of Fairfield, Texas on the shores of Fairfield Lake. Facilities at the park include a 2,400 acre lake, shaded picnic sites, protected swim beach, playground areas, 136 campsites, primitive camping area, dump station, outdoor amphitheater, a fishing pier, two boat launches, two fish cleaning stations, two courtesy docks, Paddle EZ kayak and paddleboard rentals, rentable dining hall, and over 18 miles of trails to hike, bike, or explore on horseback.

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Trails Map of Fairfield Lake State Park (SP) in Texas. Published by Texas Parks & Wildlife.Fairfield Lake - Trails Map

Trails Map of Fairfield Lake State Park (SP) in Texas. Published by Texas Parks & Wildlife.

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Interpretive Guide of Fairfield Lake State Park (SP) in Texas. Published by Texas Parks & Wildlife.Fairfield Lake - Brochure

Interpretive Guide of Fairfield Lake State Park (SP) in Texas. Published by Texas Parks & Wildlife.

Map of Fairfield Lake State Park (SP) in Texas. Published by Texas Parks & Wildlife.Fairfield Lake - Map

Map of Fairfield Lake State Park (SP) in Texas. Published by Texas Parks & Wildlife.

Trails Map of Fairfield Lake State Park (SP) in Texas. Published by Texas Parks & Wildlife.Fairfield Lake - Trails Map

Trails Map of Fairfield Lake State Park (SP) in Texas. Published by Texas Parks & Wildlife.

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Birds of Fairfield Lake State Park (SP) in Texas. Published by Texas Parks & Wildlife.

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Rack Card of Fairfield Lake State Park (SP) in Texas. Published by Texas Parks & Wildlife.

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Official Texas State Parks Guide. Published by Texas Parks & Wildlife.

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Official Texas State Parks Guide (español). Published by Texas Parks & Wildlife.

Fairfield Lake SP https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/fairfield-lake https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairfield_Lake_State_Park Fairfield Lake State Park is located northeast of Fairfield, Texas on the shores of Fairfield Lake. Facilities at the park include a 2,400 acre lake, shaded picnic sites, protected swim beach, playground areas, 136 campsites, primitive camping area, dump station, outdoor amphitheater, a fishing pier, two boat launches, two fish cleaning stations, two courtesy docks, Paddle EZ kayak and paddleboard rentals, rentable dining hall, and over 18 miles of trails to hike, bike, or explore on horseback.
OWL AND COVER PHOTO: KATE SHERMAN, TPWD INTERPRETIVE GUIDE Things to do at Fairfield Lake State Park THE SEASONS OF CHANGE ARE ALL AROUND YOU AT FAIRFIELD LAKE STATE PARK. AUTUMN HERALDS THE RETURN OF BALD EAGLES TO THE LAKE. COLORFUL PAINTED BUNTINGS FLASH BRILLIANT AGAINST THE NEW FOLIAGE OF SPRING, AND LAZY CICADAS BUZZ IN THE SUMMER HEAT. LIFE IS FULL OF CHANGE, BUT FAIRFIELD LAKE STATE PARK WILL ALWAYS BE A PEACEFUL • Take a hike on a nature trail and explore the flora and fauna of the park. Check for scheduled hikes with a ranger or pick up a trail guide at the park office. • Watch the wildlife that live in the park. Morning and evening are the best times to see white-tailed deer, armadillos, raccoons, and skunks. Please don’t feed the wildlife— nature’s foods are healthier. • Go fishing for bass, stripers, and catfish. No fishing license is required if fishing within the state park. Be sure to ask park staff about our tackle loaner program. • Get your binoculars and look for the over 180 species of birds sighted at Fairfield Lake State Park, including herons, raptors, songbirds, and waterfowl. • Learn to be a good steward of the park by becoming a Junior Ranger at Fairfield Lake State Park. Ask at the park office for the Junior Ranger journal. • Leave no trace! Help our wildlife by disposing of garbage and fishing line, staying on trails, and leaving natural treasures for everyone to enjoy. • Check the State Park Store for souvenirs of your visit. For more information about programs or volunteering, contact the park or visit our website and add us on Facebook. Fairfield Lake State Park 123 State Hwy Rd P64, Fairfield, TX 75840 (903) 389-4514 • www.tpwd.texas.gov/fairfieldlake www.facebook.com/FairfieldLakeSP/ PLACE TO REST AND REFLECT, SURROUNDED BY NATURE. © 2019 TPWD. PWD BR P4503-0078K (7/19) In accordance with Texas State Depository Law, this publication is available at the Texas State Publications Clearinghouse and/or Texas Depository Libraries. TPWD receives funds from the USFWS. TPWD prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, and gender, pursuant to state and federal law. To request an accommodation or obtain information in an alternative format, please contact TPWD on a Text Telephone (TTY) at (512) 389-8915 or by Relay Texas at 7-1-1 or (800) 735-2989 or by email at accessibility@tpwd.texas.gov. If you believe you have been discriminated against by TPWD, please contact TPWD, 4200 Smith School Road, Austin, TX 78744, or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office for Diversity and Workforce Management, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041. Texas State Parks is a division of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. FAIRFIELD LAKE S TAT E PA RK S T A T E P A R K COTTON TO CONTRABAND LOOKING TOWARDS THE FUTURE In 1969, the Texas Power and Light Company constructed a dam on Big Brown Creek to create Fairfield Lake. The 2,500acre lake would serve as a cooling reservoir for the Big Brown Power Plant. The coal plant went into operation in 1971. Fairfield Lake State Park, built on the southwestern shores of the lake, opened to the public in 1976. Fairfield Lake State Park lies in the forested eastern edge of Freestone County, near the Trinity River. As you hike along the trails, look for changes in the scenery. Towering elm, pecan, and ash trees grow in the rich bottomlands along the Big Brown Creek. Water from the creek supports these large trees and lush undergrowth. Along the lake’s edge, wetland cattail, bulrush, and water lily create a marshland oasis for birds, turtles, and frogs. Moving upland, post oaks dominate the drier landscape. These diverse habitats support a variety of life. Deer quietly move through the park, thoughtfully observing campers as they graze. River otters are a delight to watch as they play in the river and lake. The cacophony of waterfowl and shorebirds is a musical reminder of the importance of this lake environment. In November, one of the most iconic residents of the park returns. Bald eagles spend the winter months at the lake, impressing even the most experienced fisherman with their fishing prowess. As you enjoy your time at Fairfield Lake State Park, remember that there is always plenty to see and do. The changing seasons bring new worlds to explore, and new wildlife to discover. Help protect our plants and animals by throwing away your trash and staying on the trails. Warmed by the power plant, the lake maintained warmer than average temperatures year-round. Fishermen flocked to the warm waters in winter to catch redfish, stripers, catfish, and largemouth bass. But another species of fish took advantage of the artificially warmed waters of Fairfield Lake. Blue tilapia are a tropical species not native to Texas. This hearty invader thrives in warm waters and competes with the native species. In 1920, the United States banned the manufacturing and sale of alcohol. Many saw the ban as an op
For assistance using this map, contact the park. Fairfield Lake State Park TexasStateParks.org/App TexasStateParks.org/SocialMedia #TxStateParks #BetterOutside LEGEND Park Boundary The Dockery Trail Park Boundary Access Trail 99 97 Sites: 101-135 52 4850 64 68 Park Boundary Water and Electric Sites The Dockery Trail 114 Dump Station Dining Hall Fis Catfish (Flathead) Limit: 5 per day Size: 18 in. min. Amphitheater Fairfield Lake Birdwatching Trail an k gB hin Interpretive Trail Hiking Trail Biking Trail e Largemouth Bass pe lin Limit: 5 per day Size: 18 in. min. Equestrian Trail Pi Catfish (Blue and Channel) Limit: 25 per day (aggregate) Size: 12 in. min. Water Only Sites 2 112 Alligator Gar* Limit: 1 fish per day of any size. Other Species of Gar No limit. Showers 12 118 117 115 113 111 All alligator gar harvested from the public waters of the state other than Falcon International Reservoir must be reported within 24 hours to the department via mobile app or online. Restrooms 11 9 14 13 96 98 0 108 3 40 42 37 39 41 43 44 456 4 53 54 55 56 125 128 130 132 135 *Alligator Gar – Mandatory Harvest Reporting 94 95 93 8 7 1 16 92 51 5 3 2 15 1210 126 91 18 49 6 89 4 127 124 58 76 5760 90 86 47 30 31 33 19 84 20 36 62 59 25 27 7880 82 88 35 2124 73 87 61 85 74 75 83 32 34 9 1 71 72 81 77 1 63 29 6 79 11 22 28 3 65 6769 70 26 12 12 23 66 121 0 129 131 133 134 109 110 107 State Park Store Sites: 1-36 Sites: 37-100 Post Oak Camping Area 102101 103 104 108 105 106 Headquarters N Springfield Camping Area Cooks Ferry Camping Area Bluegill The Dockery Trail No limit. Picnic Area Designated Swimming Area Parking PLEASE NOTE • CHECK OUT time is 12 p.m. or renew permit by 9 a.m. (pending site availability). DO NOT move from assigned campsite to another without first checking with headquarters. • Public consumption or display of any alcoholic beverage is prohibited. • A maximum of eight people permitted per campsite. Guests must leave the park by 10 p.m. Quiet time is from 10 p.m. – 8 a.m. • Maximum tent allowance of two tents per campsite. • An excess parking fee is required at campsites with more than two vehicles (including trailers). • Campsite must be kept clean; all trash must be picked up before leaving. Dumpsters are conveniently located on all camping loops. • GRAY WATER AND BLACK WATER MUST BE DISCHARGED ONLY AT DUMP STATIONS. There are no sewer hook-ups at any campsites. • Only one unit per site is permitted to hook up to utilities. • Pets must be kept on leash. Please pick up after them. • Valid permit required on windshield of each vehicle in park. All vehicles are to remain on pavement. • Numbered sites are for overnight camping only. NO PICNICKING. Cemetery Fishing Pier Fish Cleaning WATER ACTIVITIES Playground • Swim at your own risk. NO LIFEGUARD on duty. • NO pets or glass containers allowed in swimming area. • Always swim with a friend. Children must be supervised by an adult who can swim. Volleyball Court Wi-Fi Residence BOAT LAUNCH PROTOCOL • Have your vessel ready to launch before getting to ramp area. Launch your vessel and clear the ramp area. Do not block ramp area. • No boat clean-up or swimming in the ramp area. • If your vessel will not start, clear the ramp area. • Personal watercraft are not allowed in the swimming area and must observe the No Wake rules, particularly in the boat-launch area. Personal watercraft are not allowed to tie up in boat-launch area. • Stop the spread of invasive species. CLEAN, DRAIN and DRY your boat. Maintenance FIRES • Gathering of firewood is prohibited. • Campfires are permitted only in fire rings provided at each site. No ground fires are permitted. Please, use extreme caution with any burning materials during the high-fire danger summer brings. TPWD receives funds from the USFWS. TPWD prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, and gender, pursuant to state and federal law. To request an accommodation or obtain information in an alternative format, please contact TPWD on a Text Telephone (TTY) at (512) 389-8915 or by Relay Texas at 7-1-1 or (800) 735-2989 or by email at accessibility@tpwd.texas.gov. If you believe you have been discriminated against by TPWD, please contact TPWD, 4200 Smith School Road, Austin, TX 78744, or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office for Diversity and Workforce Management, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041. © 2021 TPWD PWD MP P4503-078H (2/21) Boat Ramp Texas State Parks is a division of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Park Boun dary PARK RESERVATIONS TexasStateParks.org ParquesDeTexas.org (512) 389-8900 123 State Park Road 64 Fairfield, TX 75840 (903) 389-4514 Proud Sponsor of Texas State Parks
Fairfield Lake State Park Trails Map ch na n Ha an Br 386' 365' 331' Nature Trail 2.0 mi. 1.8 342' ranch ers B Harp 4 0.36 0.06 0.0 2 0.09 0 . 11 Scenic Loop 0.4 mi. Access to Dockery Trail, Scenic Loop, and Nature Trail 0.38 Fairfield Lake 0.45 Post Oak Camping Area 0.17 0.06 343' 378' 405' Dry Cooks Ferry Camping Area nch Bra Dockery Trail 5.3 mi. 3 Springfield Camping Area 35 0. 0.5 351' 0.09 0.1 5 Ball Br anc h Big Brown Creek Primitive Camping Area 365' 355' 378' ll Powech Bran POINTS OF INTEREST 2 Big Brown Creek Trail 3.0 mi. (GPS coordinates shown in decimal degrees) 0.0 2 n ow 369' 1 2 4 0.01 5 0.0 1 FISHING POINT 2 CEMETERY 3 HILL HOMESTEAD WELL 31.7815° -96.0566° Imagine what life was like for settlers here as you visit this historic well. 0.26 PARK ENTRANCE 0 .1 Little Bro wn Cr ee k 24 2. Big Br 0. 1 ek Cre 0.1 Birdwatching Trail 0.7 mi. 389' 31.7834° -96.0664° Did you know the original boat launch was located here? Drop a line and stay a while. 31.7684° -96.0735° Visit the Chancellor Union Cemetery and discover area history. 377' 4.76 123 State Park Road 64 Fairfield, TX 75840 (903) 389-4514 www.texasstateparks.org LEGEND Restrooms Parking Headquarters Amphitheater Biking Trail Boat Ramp Wifi Hotspot 396' Texas State Parks is a division of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. 5 Dump Station Equestrian Trail Fish Cleaning Fishing Pier Group Dining Hall Hiking Trail Interpretive Trail 331' 403' Picnic Area Playground Showers Swimming Area Water-only Sites Water/Electric Sites Primitive Sites All trails allow hiking and biking unless otherwise indicated. Contour intervals are 20 feet. Trail lengths are in miles. Elevation levels are in feet. 397' 4 417' 5 SKI COVE OVERLOOK 31.7934° -96.0522° Rest for a moment at this quiet overlook – what wildlife do you see on the lake? DOCKERY TRAIL OVERLOOK 31.7585° -96.0616° Watch your step as you peer into the forest canopy from this overlook on a bluff. No claims are made to the accuracy of the data or to the suitability of the data to a particular use. Map compiled by Texas State Parks staff. In accordance with Texas State Depository Law, this publication is available at the Texas State Publications Clearinghouse and/or Texas Depository Libraries. © 2020 Texas Parks and Wildlife Department PWD MP P4503-0078J (7/20) TPWD receives funds from the USFWS. TPWD prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, and gender, pursuant to state and federal law. To request an accommodation or obtain information in an alternative format, please contact TPWD on a Text Telephone (TTY) at (512) 389-8915 or by Relay Texas at 7-1-1 or (800) 735-2989 or by email at accessibility@tpwd.texas.gov. If you believe you have been discriminated against by TPWD, please contact TPWD, 4200 Smith School Road, Austin, TX 78744, or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office for Diversity and Workforce Management, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041.
FAIRFIELD LAKE SP BIRD CHECKLIST This checklist is a list of common and specialty birds seen in the park. Staff and volunteers have used previous checklists as well as eBird data to compile these lists. This list should not be used as a comprehensive list of birds seen in this park. Please help us protect the natural avian communities by refraining from using playback tapes of bird songs. Thank you for your cooperation. Waterfowl ___ Snow Goose ___ Wood Duck ___ Blue-winged Teal ___ Northern Shoveler ___ Gadwall ___ Mallard ___ Green-winged Teal ___ Ring-necked Duck ___ Lesser Scaup ___ Bufflehead ___ Ruddy Duck Grebes ___ Pied-billed Grebe Pigeons and Doves ___ Mourning Dove Cuckoos ___ Yellow-billed Cuckoo Hummingbirds ___ Ruby-throated Hummingbird Rails, Gallinules, and Allies ___ American Coot Shorebirds ___ Killdeer ___ Spotted Sandpiper ___ Greater Yellowlegs Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers ___ Bonaparte’s Gull ___ Ring-billed Gull ___ Least Tern ___ Black Tern ___ Forster’s Tern Loons ___ Common Loon Cormorants and Anhingas ___ Anhinga ___ Neotropic Cormorant ___ Double-crested Cormorant Pelicans ___ American White Pelican Herons, Ibis, and Allies ___ Great Blue Heron ___ Great Egret ___ Snowy Egret ___ Little Blue Heron Vultures, Hawks, and Allies ___ Black Vulture ___ Turkey Vulture ___ Osprey ___ Cooper’s Hawk ___ Bald Eagle ___ Red-shouldered Hawk ___ Red-tailed Hawk Owls ___ Eastern Screech-Owl ___ Great Horned Owl ___ Barred Owl Kingfishers ___ Belted Kingfisher Woodpeckers ___ Yellow-bellied Sapsucker ___ Red-headed Woodpecker ___ Red-bellied Woodpecker ___ Downy Woodpecker ___ Hairy Woodpecker ___ Pileated Woodpecker ___ Northern Flicker Falcons and Caracaras ___ American Kestrel Tyrant Flycatchers: Pewees, Kingbirds, and Allies ___ Eastern Wood-Pewee ___ Least Flycatcher ___ Eastern Phoebe ___ Great Crested Flycatcher ___ Eastern Kingbird ___ Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Shrikes ___ Loggerhead Shrike Starlings and Mynas ___ European Starling Vireos ___ ___ ___ ___ Wagtails and Pipits ___ American Pipit White-eyed Vireo Yellow-throated Vireo Blue-headed Vireo Red-eyed Vireo Jays, Magpies, Crows, and Ravens ___ Blue Jay ___ American Crow Martins and Swallows ___ Purple Martin ___ Tree Swallow ___ Barn Swallow ___ Cliff Swallow ___ Cave Swallow Tits, Chickadees, and Titmice ___ Carolina Chickadee ___ Tufted Titmouse Nuthatches ___ White-breasted Nuthatch Treecreepers ___ Brown Creeper Wrens ___ ___ ___ ___ House Wren Marsh Wren Carolina Wren Bewick’s Wren Gnatcatchers ___ Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Kinglets ___ Golden-crowned Kinglet ___ Ruby-crowned Kinglet Thrushes ___ Eastern Bluebird ___ Hermit Thrush ___ American Robin Catbirds, Mockingbirds, and Thrashers ___ Brown Thrasher ___ Northern Mockingbird Waxwings ___ Cedar Waxwing Old World Sparrows ___ House Sparrow Finches and Allies ___ American Goldfinch New World Sparrows ___ Chipping Sparrow ___ Field Sparrow ___ Dark-eyed Junco ___ White-crowned Sparrow ___ White-throated Sparrow ___ Savannah Sparrow ___ Song Sparrow ___ Lincoln’s Sparrow ___ Swamp Sparrow ___ Eastern Towhee Blackbirds ___ Western/Eastern Meadowlark ___ Orchard Oriole ___ Red-winged Blackbird ___ Brown-headed Cowbird ___ Common Grackle Wood-Warblers ___ Black-and-white Warbler ___ Orange-crowned Warbler ___ Common Yellowthroat ___ Yellow Warbler ___ Pine Warbler ___ Yellow-rumped Warbler ___ Yellow-throated Warbler Cardinals, Grosbeaks, and Allies ___ Summer Tanager ___ Northern Cardinal ___ Indigo Bunting ___ Painted Bunting © 2019 TPWD PWD CD P4503-0078J (5/19) Texas State Parks is a division of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. In accordance with Texas State Depository Law, this publication is available at the Texas State Publications Clearinghouse and/or Texas Depository Libraries. TPWD receives funds from the USFWS. TPWD prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, and gender, pursuant to state and federal law. To request an accommodation or obtain information in an alternative format, please contact TPWD on a Text Telephone (TTY) at (512) 389-8915 or by Relay Texas at 7-1-1 or (800) 735-2989 or by email at accessibility@tpwd.texas.gov. If you believe you have been discriminated against by TPWD, please contact TPWD, 4200 Smith School Road, Austin, TX 78744, or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office for Diversity and Workforce Management, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041.
Fairfield Lake S TAT E PA R K PRAIRIES AND LAKES Fairfield Lake STATE PARK Set along the shoreline of a 2,400-acre lake, Fairfield Lake State Park is well known for its excellent fishing. Anglers can enjoy bank or boat fishing for perch, largemouth bass, channel and flathead catfish. Miles of lake shore and large coves provide great opportunities to kayak or paddleboard. The park’s four hiking trails—over 12 miles in all—meander through tall, shady oak trees, creating a birder’s paradise. Camping: Campsites with water only or with water and electricity. Also primitive sites with water, flush toilets and charcoal grills. Group Facilities: Dining hall (heated and air conditioned; capacity 60). Picnicking: Picnic areas with tables and playgrounds, adjoining swim area. Swimming: Designated sandy–bottomed swim area. Swim at your own risk. Fishing: Lighted fishing pier. Boating: Two double boat ramps with courtesy docks. Trails: 2–mile nature walk, 1–mile birdwatching trail, 6.5-mile perimeter trail, and 2.5–mile hiking trail leading to primitive camping area. Texas State Parks Store: One-of-a-kind items, gifts, etc. WiFi available. 287 488 45 2570 Wortham 27 3285 Fairfield Mexia 84 Fairfield Lake State Park 79 84 P64 Palestine 84 Located in Freestone County, 90 miles southeast of Dallas off I-45 or 6 miles northeast of Fairfield via FM 488 to FM 2570 and FM 3285. Fairfield Lake State Park 123 State Park Road 64, Fairfield, TX 75840 • (903) 389-4514 www.texasstateparks.org Rates and reservations: (512) 389-8900. For info only: (800) 792-1112. Texas State Parks is a division of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. © 2019 TPWD PWD CD P4503-078G (8/19) In accordance with Texas State Depository Law, this publication is available at the Texas State Publications Clearinghouse and/or Texas Depository Libraries. TPWD receives funds from the USFWS. TPWD prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, and gender, pursuant to state and federal law. To request an accommodation or obtain information in an alternative format, please contact TPWD on a Text Telephone (TTY) at (512) 389-8915 or by Relay Texas at 7-1-1 or (800) 735-2989 or by email at accessibility@tpwd.texas.gov. If you believe you have been discriminated against by TPWD, please contact TPWD, 4200 Smith School Road, Austin, TX 78744, or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office for Diversity and Workforce Management, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041.
-Official- FA C I L I T I E S MAPS Get the Mobile App: ACTIVITIES texasstateparks.org/app Toyota Tundra Let your sense of adventure be your guide with the Toyota Official Vehicle of the Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation Tundra — built to help you explore all that the great state of Texas has to offer. | toyota.com/trucks BUILT HERE. LIVES HERE. ASSEMBLED IN TEXAS WITH U.S. AND GLOBALLY SOURCED PARTS. Contents 4 6 8 10 Activities and Programs Parks Near You Places to Stay Recreational Vehicles 12 Tips for Time in Nature Ray Roberts Devils River 14 Visitor Fees and Passes Directory TEXAS PARKS AND WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT 18 Big Bend Country 26 34 48 56 64 80 86 Gulf Coast TPW COMMISSION S. Reed Morian, Chairman Houston Arch “Beaver” Aplin, III, Vice-Chairman Lake Jackson James E. Abell Kilgore Oliver J. Bell Cleveland Anna B. Galo Laredo Jeffery D. Hildebrand Houston Jeanne W. Latimer San Antonio Robert L. “Bobby” Patton, Jr. Fort Worth Dick Scott Wimberley T. Dan Friedkin, Chairman-Emeritus Houston Lee Marshall Bass, Chairman-Emeritus Fort Worth Hill Country Panhandle Plains Pineywoods Prairies and Lakes South Texas Plains Carter P. Smith Executive Director Rodney Franklin State Parks Director Josh Havens Communications Director Facilities and Activities Index 44 State Parks Map Special thanks to Toyota and advertisers, whose generous support made this guide possible. Texas State Parks is a division of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Cover photo: Tyler State Park, Chase Fountain Texas State Parks Official Guide, Seventeenth Edition © TPWD PWD BK P4000-000A (5/20) TPWD receives funds from the USFWS. TPWD prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, and gender, pursuant to state and federal law. To request an accommodation or obtain information in an alternative format, please contact TPWD on a Text Telephone (TTY) at (512) 389-8915 or by Relay Texas at 7-1-1 or (800) 735-2989 or by email at accessibility@tpwd.texas.gov. If you believe you have been discriminated against by TPWD, please contact TPWD, 4200 Smith School Road, Austin, TX 78744, or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office for Diversity and Workforce Management, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041. In accordance with Texas State Depository Law, this publication is available at the Texas State Publications Clearinghouse and/or Texas Depository Libraries. WELCOME from Rodney Franklin, State Parks Director   Texas contains some of the most diverse public lands in the country. There is a wealth of cultural heritage. Wildlife abounds, landscapes flourish with beauty and our history is abundant. Your state parks are a part of the legacy that makes Texas proud. The people of Texas recently helped secure that legacy for future generations by voting yes to Proposition 5. Thank you! These 630,000-plus acres showcase some of our state’s greatest treasures. Parks help people make memories with family and find respite in nature’s playground. They strengthen local economies and bind communities. Most of all, parks enable each of us to spend time outside to recharge, be healthy and relax in our own way. I invite you to enjoy your state parks, exploring the best of Texas with friends and family. The parks are here for you. They belong to you. Please visit, have fun, and help protect them forever! Thank you, Texas! Texans voted to approve passage of Proposition 5 in the November 5, 2019 election. Now 100% of the sporting goods sales tax will go to fund the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Texas Historical Commission. This funding will help secure the future of local parks, state parks and historic sites for generations to come, all without increasing taxes. We would like to extend our deepest gratitude. See what’s in store for Texas State Parks: texasstateparks.org/better ACTIVITIES & PROGRAMS What is there to do in state parks? Enjoy a family picnic, tour a hallowed historic site or choose from some of these visitor favorites: Bike Pedal across parks at any speed, in any style, with any group. Choose the routes, surfaces and distances that fit your comfort zone. Walk Start with a shorter loop, tackle tougher terrain or join a guided tour. Fish Fish without a license in as many as 70 state parks. Many offer tackle loaner programs and special learnto-fish events. Boat or Paddle Rent canoes and kayaks, explore a Texas Paddling Trail or launch a boat. View Wildlife Discover the birds, mammals and plants that live in Texas. Many parks have signage and checklists to help you learn more about the wildlife around you. 4 Camp Swim Find a site that meets your needs. Test out new recipes, share your favorite stories and enjoy the stars. Beat the heat at creeks, rivers, lakes, springs, pools and ocean beaches. More information & reservations: texasstateparks.org (512) 389-8900 Many state parks offer special guided and self-guided progra
Guía de Parques INSTALACIONES Descarga la Aplicacíon Móvil MAPAS ACTIVIDADES texasstateparks.org/app ¡Los niños entran gratis! La entrada es gratis para los niños de 12 años y menores. Encuentra un parque: parquesdetexas.org Contenido Estero Llano Grande SP 2 4 6 8 9 10 18 Actividades y Programas Parques Cercanos Lugares para Quedarse Tarifas y Pases Directorio Mapa de Parques Instalaciones y Actividades BIENVENIDO Rodney Franklin, Director de Parques Texas tiene algunas de las tierras públicas más diversas del país, con una gran riqueza natural y cultural. La vida silvestre está por todas partes, los paisajes florecen con belleza, y la historia es abundante. Sus parques estatales son parte del legado que nos enorgullece. La gente de Texas ayuda a asegurar ese legado para las generaciones futuras al visitar y ser voluntarios. ¡Gracias! Estos más de 630,000 acres exhiben algunos de los grandes tesoros del estado. Los parques nos ayudan a crear recuerdos con la familia y a encontrar consuelo en la naturaleza. Los parques fortalecen las economías locales y unen a las comunidades. Sobre todo, los parques nos permiten pasar tiempo al aire libre para recargar energías, estar saludables y relajarnos a nuestra manera. Les invito a disfrutar de sus parques estatales, explorando lo mejor de Texas con amigos y familia. Los parques están aquí para todos. Nos pertenecen a todos. ¡Visítelos, diviértase y ayude a protegerlos para siempre! Foto de portada: Estero Llano State Park, Chase Fountain © 2021 TPWD PWD BK P4000-000A (5/21) TPWD recibe fondos del Servicio de Pesca y Vida Silvestre de EE.UU. (USFWS por sus siglas en ingles). TPWD prohíbe la discriminación por raza, color, religión, nacionalidad de origen, discapacidad, edad y género, conforme la ley estatal y federal. Para solicitar un acomodo especial u obtener información en un formato alternativo, por favor contacte a TPWD en un Teléfono de Texto (TTY) al (512) 3898915 ó por medio de “Relay Texas” al 7-1-1 ó (800) 735-2989 ó por email a accessibility@tpwd.texas.gov. Si usted cree que TPWD ha discriminado en su contra, favor de comunicarse con TPWD, 4200 Smith School Road, Austin, TX 78744, o con el Servicio de Pesca y Vida Silvestre de EE.UU., Office for Diversity and Workforce Management, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041. De acuerdo con la Ley de Depósito del Estado de Texas, esta publicación está disponible en el centro de Distribución de Publicaciones del Estado de Texas y/o las Bibliotecas de Depósito de Texas. ACTIVIDADES Y PROGRAMAS ¿Qué puedo hacer en los parques estatales? ¡Disfruta de un día de campo, visita un sitio histórico o elige entre muchas otras opciones! Bicicletas Pedalea a lo largo de los parques a cualquier velocidad, en cualquier estilo, con cualquier grupo. Elige las rutas, el tipo de terreno y las distancias que cumplan con tu zona de confort. Caminatas Empieza con un circuito más corto, avanza a terrenos más difíciles o únete a una caminata guiada. Pescar Puedes pescar sin licencia en tantos como 70 parques estatales. Muchos parques ofrecen equipo para pescar a manera de préstamo y eventos especiales para aprender a pescar. Barcos Renta canoas y kayacs y explora uno de los senderos acuáticos en Texas. Nadar Animales Silvestres Acampar Descubre aves, mamíferos y plantas que tienen su hogar en Texas. Muchos parques tienen señalamientos y listados que te ayudan a aprender más. Encuentra un lugar que cumpla con lo que quieres. Prueba nuevas recetas, comparte historias favoritas y disfruta de las estrellas. 2 Más información y reservaciones: parquesdetexas.org Escape del calor en arroyos, ríos, lagos, manantiales, piletas y playas del mar. Tu seguridad en el agua es muy importante. Lleva el chaleco salvavidas. Aprende a nadar. Guarda a los niños. (512) 389-8900 ¡Pregunta en tu parque cuáles están disponibles! Los niños de 12 años y menores entran GRATIS Cielos Estrellados Escapa de las luces de la ciudad y goza de maravillosas vistas del cielo que no encontrarás en ninguna otra parte. Ven a una fiesta de estrellas o toma una excursión de constelaciones auto-guiada. Familias en la Naturaleza Elige un taller o diseña tu propia aventura. ¡Monta una tienda de campaña, cocina al exterior, prende una fogata y juega al exterior! Nosotros te Toma una publicación gratuita de actividades o pregunta por los paquetes gratuitos con los parques proporcionamos todo el equipo. No es necesario tener experiencia. participantes. Usa los binoculares, lupas, libros de bosquejos y libros de guías para explorar el parque. Mochilas para Exploradores Soldados Búfalo de Texas Descubre la historia con cuentos, vestuarios y herramientas. Sigue la pista de un animal, pesca con caña, cocina sobre una fogata, visita los fuertes y más. Adéntrate en las historias de vida de aquellos que sirvieron valientemente en los primeros regimientos Áfrico-Americanos de las Fuerzas Armadas. ! Seguridad en el Parque Ten cuidado con el agua Pr

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