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Texas is huge. Across its vast, 268,000 square miles of widely diverse landscapes are 96 state parks. Whether you’re looking for family-friendly camping, adventurous hiking trails, gorgeous waterfalls, or the best place to view the star-filled night sky, you’ll find it in the Lone Star State. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department maintain and operate the state parks, and they’ve added an online reservation system to their website. This convenient feature makes it easy to plan your getaways around long weekends, holidays, school vacations, or yearly vacations. Most parks allow stays up to 14 days.

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1. Garner State Park, Concan

It’s no surprise this state park, just seven miles north of Concan, is a popular rock-climbing site. Visitors come for the 10 acres of riverfront shorelines along the Frio River, the limestone cliffs, high mesas, and scenic canyons at the beautiful Garner State Park. Wildlife is abundant here, with an array of technicolor vistas to take in, kayaking and canoe rentals, and a long list of other amenities. During specific times of the year, there are nightly community dances at the park’s Pavilion.

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