We are Brave Family Adventures and we LOVE living in the great state of Texas! One of our most favorite family trips was a 15-day road trip through our beautiful state. On this trip we saw 13 State Parks, 1 National Recreation Area - Amistad, and 1 National Park - Big Bend. Our boys slid down waterfalls, swam in crystal clear rivers, and hiked through deep canyons. We started and ended where we live in Rockwall (near Dallas) but this trip can start in any corner of the state!
Blue hole park is a scenic lagoon by the limestone bluffs along the San Gabriel River. The Park is open from 5 AM to 10 PM and it is free to enter. The Park offers walking trails, and spots for fishing. There are some picnic areas, and restrooms are well maintained.
This spring we packed up our rugged rig with everything needed for two nights away and headed south to Lost Maples State Natural Area. Provisions for the trip included lots of food, Rambler sparkling water, plenty of s’more supplies, coffee beans from Red Sand Roastery in Seminole, Texas, and a healthy dose of adventure attitude.
Just about an hour away from DFW, Cleburne State Park is perfect for a single day trip, or a weekend getaway. With 13 miles of heavily forested trails there is no shortage of sights to see here, and there are options for all levels of age and skill. And did I mention there’s a waterfall?
East Texas is home to many state parks and National Forests, but our favorites are Tyler State Park, Angelina National Forest, Martin Dies Jr. State Park, and Caddo Lake. Here are some of our favorite parts of each of these parks.