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10 Amazing Texas State Parks

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Texas is home to some of the best state parks in the country.  Even better is that many of them can be found right in Austin and the surrounding Hill Country. With that said, here are 10 of the best state parks Texas has to offer.

1. Guadalupe River State Park

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In need of some good ol’ fashioned time on the River? Guadalupe River State Park  offers swimming, fishing, tubing and canoeing. Want to enjoy the park but stay on dry land? Try camping, hiking, mountain biking or horseback riding, have a picnic, go geocaching, or even bird watching.

2. Garner State Park

Garner State Park

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At Garner State Park you can swim in the Frio River or float its waters on an inner tube, paddle boat, or hike 11 miles of scenic trails. Of course there is also camping, fishing. canoeing, geocaching. golfing, and bike riding. They also host an old fashioned jukebox dance in the summers.

3. Monument Hill & Kreische Brewery State and Historic Site

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Spectacular views, breathtaking scenery, and a renowned brewery — this place has it all. Not to mention picnicking, nature study, and historical study. The park is available for weddings, family reunions, or other group functions in the picnic area and/or the historical facilities. Take a group tour of the park with advanced scheduling or take a regularly scheduled tour of the brewery.

4. Inks Lake State Park

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This state park offers family fun both on water and on land. Crystal blue waters, colorful rock outcrops, and striking sunsets make this a spectacular Hill County getaway.

5. Pedernales Falls State Park

Pedernales Falls State Park| Texas State Parks

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The Pedernales River flows just 30 miles west of Austin over and through huge slabs of limestone. It is a great place to relax and recharge. It is perfect for an afternoon swim or hike, or load up the gear for an overnight adventure.

6. Palmetto State Park

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