Texas State Parks to Reopen

Update: 5/6/20 New update for camp reservations. Note this only applies to people’s existing reservations. No word yet on when we’ll be able to add new ones.

UPDATE: 4/28/20

From the Texas Parks & Wildlife Twitter:

As part of continued reopening of Texas by @GovAbbott, #TxStateParks now allowing day use by families with more than 5 people, though no group gatherings. Face coverings strongly encouraged. Camping will resume at later date TBD. Check your park at https://t.co/muMsnCA16v pic.twitter.com/FkCfoYo1Tb— TX Parks & Wildlife (@TPWDnews) April 28, 2020

Press release from the Texas Parks and Wildlife: We are preparing to reopen most Texas State Parks on Monday, April 20 as part of a broader effort led by Governor Greg Abbott to begin the process of reopening the state of Texas. All state parks that can reopen Monday will reopen for day use only, with overnight camping to be allowed at a later date. We continue to encourage social distancing and other best practices to avoid spreading the virus, and we will continue to advise our customers to know and follow local, state or federal travel restrictions and other guidance.

Starting Monday, state park guidelines will include requiring visitors to wear face coverings, maintaining a six-foot distance from individuals outside of their party, and prohibiting the gathering of groups larger than five. It’s important to note that people cannot pay fees at the park—visitors must make advance reservations and pay online. Starting at noon Sunday, April 19, visitors will be able to make day-use reservations online at www.TexasStateParks.org. We will have more details to share on Monday.

Link: Learn how to make reservations

UPDATE: Here is a list of Texas State Parks that will NOT be opening on May 20th, and two park’s that have additional restrictions to operations. This is a running list as I tried to search every state park’s Facebook page. Will update as necessary.

Parks Staying Closed:

Hueco SP

Franklin Mountains SP

Big Bend Ranch SP

Caprock Canyon SP

Parks with additional restriction with info per their social channels:

Bonham SP will remain closed but because of a septic issue.

Ray Roberts SP: At Isle Du Bois, the boat ramp, Randy Bell Scenic trail, Lost Pines trail, and DORBA trail will be open. On the Greenbelt, the Elm Fork parks will be open behind the dam for fishing. The day use picnic area, swim beach, and equestrian trails will all remain closed due to flooding. The hardsurface trail on the Greenbelt will remain closed for trail maintenance. No camping at this time.

Seminole canyon SP: Seminole Canyon SP&HS will be opening our gates Monday, April 20th @ 8:00 A.M. Trails will close at 3:00 P.M. and visitors must exit the park no later than 4:00 P.M.

Entrance fees will be waived(note, this is just for this park),HQ will remain closed, No tours will be offered at this time

Staff will be on site to address customers needs

2 thoughts on “Texas State Parks to Reopen

  1. If two of us are driving through east texas would we be allowed to stop at your park and sit for a while.. just to get out of car and house..? please let us know.
    Thank you
    Teresa Hitt

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