Our Texas State Parks are incredible and awe-inspiring. Did you know our state parks were recently crowned the #1 best park system in the USA? It's incredible to think Texas State Parks are only 100 years old, but on November 5, 2023, Texas State Parks will be celebrating its centennial birthday.

To celebrate, Texas State Parks will be allowing free admission to all state parks throughout Texas on Sunday, November 5. Our nearest state parks here in west Texas are the Abilene State Park and the San Angelo State Park.

Enjoy the sights and sounds of the great outdoors this November 5, and get everyone connected to our incredibly beautiful parks. Candice Johnson, Director at the Abilene State Park, confirmed with me that Abilene's State Park will celebrate with free admission.

Johnson went on to remind me that there will be several different events scheduled at the Abilene State Park throughout the rest of the year. If you want to get out and unwind, you're in luck.

  • Nov. 4th - A Trail Hike - Abilene State Park hiking with Texas Master Naturalists
  • Nov. 5th - A Centennial Celebration - Free admission
  • Nov. 11th - Big Country Frontier Day - Immerse yourself in the history of Texas
  • Nov. 11th - Star Party - A night of star gazing with other star gazers
  • Dec. 9th - Fa La La in the Forest - Take in the Christmas lights at the park
  • Dec. 9th - Star Party - A night of star gazing with other star gazers
  • Dec. 16th - Hiking With Homeless Dogs - All Kind will bring adoptable dogs

As Rodney Franklin, State Parks Division Director said “Texas Parks and Wildlife Department wants to continue to connect everyone to our beautiful parklands and we hope that Texas State Parks Day will give someone the opportunity to discover what makes our state parks special.” Source: TPWD News release

This Sunday, November 5, is officially Texas State Parks Day. Get in free, and I hope to see you there.

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