All Texas state parks are free on November 14. Here’s why.


If you’re looking for an excuse to take a day trip to Lost Maples, Garner State Park, or even Pedernales, here’s a free and patriotic one.

Recognizing the work of serving and retired military personnel, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is waiving the daily entrance fee for all day visitors on Veterans Day, Nov. 14, according to a press release.

Day pass prices vary by park, but are typically $ 6 or $ 7 per person, according to the TPWD website.

“The dedication, sacrifice and service displayed by the women and men who serve in our country’s military are unparalleled and a source of pride across the country,” said Rodney Franklin, director of the Canadian Army Division. Texas State Parks, in the release.

“Their commitment to service undoubtedly inspires us at Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. To celebrate their service, Texas State Parks would like to once again invite everyone to spend the day for free in one of our beautiful state parks. I am happy that we can encourage families to go out in honor of our veterans.

The beautiful viewpoint at the top of the Old Baldy Trail at Garner State Park.

Priscilla Aguirre, MySA.com

While admission may be free, TPWD still encourages all hikers and nature enthusiasts to book their day passes in advance online, as some popular parks are expected to reach their capacity limits. Day passes can be booked online or over the phone by calling (512) 389-8900.

To further highlight the holiday, those who purchase a hunting or fishing license can add a donation of $ 1, $ 5, $ 10 or $ 20 to support the Veterans Assistance Fund of the Veterans Commission. The fund provides grants to nonprofit organizations that help veterans and their families throughout Texas.

There are 89 state parks in Texas, see a map here. For more information, visit Texas Parks and Wildlife online.

Lost Maples State Natural Area is located in the Texas Hill Country on FM 187 and along the Sabinal River in Vanderpool, features Bigtooth Maple in fall color.

Lost Maples State Natural Area is located in the Texas Hill Country on FM 187 and along the Sabinal River in Vanderpool, features Bigtooth Maple in fall color.

E. Joseph Deering / Houston Chronicle




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