MUST-DO checklist for Texas…according to Texas Parks & Wildlife

Posted on October 22, 2008. Filed under: -- Austin Related, -- Top 10..., Pictures, Texas | Tags: , , , , , , , |


By Molly Greaves

I got a pamphlet from the Texas Parks and Wildlife, and it has the top 13 things they claim you “MUST DO” while in Texas.  Here’s what they had listed for ya…and that is me in the picture above on one of many park visits since I am a State Park member!

1. Canoe down the Guadalupe River. (I would suggest floating it as well)

2. Check out Texas alligators. Apparently Huntsville State Park is home to a very healthy alligator population. You can take a cruise from April-November, and best viewing times are at dawn or dusk.

3. Fish Bastrop State Park. Stand along the banks or rent a canoe.

4. Bike Park Road 1C. It’s a 12-mile scenic ride along Park Road 1C and Bastrop and Buescher State Parks.

5. Visit Goverment Canyon State Natural Area. It’s one of the 40 miles of trails for all abilities in this picturesque natural area.

6. Ride in an 1850s stagecoach. Fanthrop Inn demonstrates 19th century life.

7. Check out the exhibits at Sebastopol House. 

8. See a dwarf palmetto plant in Palmetto State Park, which is named after the plant found there.

9. Hike at McKinney Falls State Park. (I am working on a “net-zero” capable home that will be run completely off of solar energy. The neighborhood is slated to start in November and will take about 5 years to complete all of the phases. It will be multi-use, including 550 homes).

10. See a real 1850s farm in action. Barrington Living History Farm wear costumes, greet visitors and share the experience with guests.

11. Tour Kreische Brewery at Monument Hill. A lovely trail connects to the brewery where you can see a historic site and tomb for Republic of Texas patriots. 

12. Play golf at the Lockhart State Park. It’s lush and green with 9 holes. Do it twice!! It’s one of the best kept secrets of the state park system. 

13. Travel along the Lake Somerville Trailway. More than 20 miles are open to horses, hikers and bikers =)

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