Planning a Trip to a State Park? Here’s What You Need to Know First

Some of the state’s most popular parks are swamped right now. Avoid getting stuck at the gate with these tips.

By Laura RiceMarch 28, 2016 11:06 am,

The bluebonnets are in bloom, the weather is mild and the birds are doing their things. That’s the good news. The bad news – at least if you tried to get out this past weekend – is that many of Texas’ state parks are full. Some of the state’s most popular parks, like Garner, Enchanted Rock, McKinney Falls and more have been flooded with visitors.

But that’s not such a bad thing if you happen to run the Texas State Park system, even if it causes some headaches for parkgoers. So, how can you avoid being turned away?

Russell Fishbeck, deputy director of state parks for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, says that interest in state parks is up and continues to rise, so don’t expect the demand to die down any time soon.

“We’re seeing visitation continue to climb,” Fishbeck says. “We’re experiencing about 8.2 million visits a year right now. Folks are loving their state parks.”

What you’ll hear in this segment:

– Which parks are experiencing the highest demand
– Planning tips to avoid being turned away
– Fishbeck’s top picks for lesser-known state parks