The warmer weather of spring encourages visitors to spend more time outdoors. And, there is no better place to spend a day outdoors than in one of Texas' many state parks. From nature watching to birding, fishing to wildlife viewing, spring affords plenty of activities to participate in for visitors to Texas State Parks.
Although every state park in Texas offers some sort of spring outdoors activities, here are a few suggestions for the very best Texas State Parks to visit in the spring season.
Brazos Bend State Park
Although it is practically located within eyesight of Houston's towering skyline, Brazos Bend State Park is an entirely different world than the concrete jungle located a few miles away. Situated along the banks of the Brazos River, Brazos Bend State Park features an impressive array of wildlife, including numerous alligators in the river and the lakes within the park's boundaries.
BBSP also offers urban anglers a quick means for melting back in time into a setting which is much more part of Houston's past than present, making Brazos Bend SP a unique outdoor experience. During spring, the warmer weather encourages all of the park's wildlife to become more active and also brings out a number of blooming wildflowers from their winter slumber.
Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site
The 293-acre Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site encompasses the site on Washington, the town which served as the Texas capitol from 1842 to 1845. Walking tours of the original townsite as well as a replica of Independence Hall are among the most popular activities. Washington-on-the-Brazos SHS is also home to the Star of the Republic Museum, which houses an impressive array of Texas Republic-era artifacts.
The Barrington Living History Farm, which features Barrington, the home of Anson Jones, Texas' last president, is an entertaining and educational attraction. However, while the spring weather makes these walking tours all the more pleasant, the big draw to Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site during spring is the myriad of wildflowers which bloom inside the park during March and April. Most years, some of the most impressive stretches of wildflowers in the state are found within Washington-on-the-Brazos SHS.
Tyler State Park affords visitors a tranquil, relaxed atmosphere in which to enjoy a myriad of outdoor activities. The park features a spring fed lake, towering trees, miles of hiking trails, campsites, group facilities, screened shelters and more.
Geocaching, nature study, hiking, camping, picnicking, birding, and fishing are among the most popular activities. Canoes, paddleboats, bicycles, kayaks, and johnboats are available for rent at the park store. Fishing piers and a boat ramp are also available inside Tyler State Park. Additionally, spring sees the blooming of Dogwood Trees at Tyler State Park, which always attracts a crowd.
Spring is a great time to bird watch in Texas. And, there is no better place for spring birding than the World Birding Center. Located in the bird-rich Rio Grande Valley, the World Birding Center is comprised of nine sites from South Padre Island to Roma.
State Parks included in the World Birding Center are Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park, Estero Llano Grande State Park, and Resaca de la Palma State Park. Besides offering visitors a variety of species in various settings, the WBC has a wealth of information for birders visiting Texas. Because it is located at the northernmost portion of their range, a number of tropical species found nowhere else in the United States can be seen along the WBC trail.
Additionally, birds include chachalacas, Ferruginous Pygmy-Owls, Red-billed and White-tipped Pigeons, Buff-bellied Hummingbirds, Northern Bearded Tyrannulets, Great Kiskadee, Rose-throated Becards, Green Jays, Clay-colored Thrush, Blue Buntings and Altamira Orioles.