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‘Texas Paddling Trails’ is a Positive-Impact TPWD Program Seeing Rural Community Spinoffs

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As popular as ever, if not more so, kayaking and canoeing have become a mainstream sport (pun intended), a healthy and fun pastime, and a great hobby shared among family and friends. And the state of Texas has long since joined the ranks of popular destination vacationing, sports event hosting, and all-around great place to spend a day paddling your canoe or kayak on a rippling stream, creek, or river.

Texas Paddling Trails Is a Positive-Impact TPWD Program Seeing Rural Community Spinoffs

Photo: Facebook/Traveling Ted

Several Texas paddling hotspots can get fairly crowded over the spring and summer, and if you’re looking for a change of scenery and a little less of the crowds, it’s nice to know that the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has got your back. Opening up many more ways to traverse the waters on officially designated and well-mapped Texas Paddling Trails, they may be the answer to any paddling questions you might be poised to pose.

Texas Paddling Trails Is a Positive-Impact TPWD Program Seeing Rural Community Spinoffs

Photo: Facebook/Jyolita Mendonsa

If you’re getting the feeling that this paddling season is a great time to try out new trails, you’re in luck. Since taking the initiative in 1998, TPWD has had over 60 inland and coastal trails designated as official Texas Paddling Trails. And more have been added, like the Mission Reach Trail addition in San Antonio which opened March 2 of this year.

Texas Paddling Trails Is a Positive-Impact TPWD Program Seeing Rural Community Spinoffs

Photo: Facebook/Caroline Goggin – WPRI

The Texas Paddling Trails program provides great economic spinoffs to rural Texas communities, provides new and improved paddling access for over a million kayakers and canoers throughout the state, and is a positive impact not only on the sport itself but on the many families and community groups that participate in the pastime every year. So, what are you waiting for? For more information on the Texas Paddling Trails program, visit their website link here or visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Facebook page for press releases and updates.

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