Park Ratings GuideIn an effort to assist you in trip planning, we rate our featured parks on the basis of certain criteria. The Wild Texas park ratings are meant only as a general guide, and are not intended to discourage visitation of any Texas parks. In our view, every Texas city, state, and national park and historic site is worth a visit on its own merits.
Ratings System ExplainedCampsites/Overnight Facilities
Virtually all of the parks featured on Wild Texas offer tent and RV campsites, and many also offer other overnight facilities, such as screened shelters, rental cabins, and group lodges. We include information on all available facilities in our description of each park.
0: Overnight camping is not permitted. No overnight facilities are available.Leashed Pets Permitted?
Since the rules regarding pets vary from park to park, responsible pet owners should be aware of the rules prior to visiting. We have made a reasonable effort to ensure the parks we list as "pet-friendly" do indeed allow pets (if leashed); however, park rules do occasionally change leaving the responsibility squarely on your shoulders. In general, all parks managed by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department have the following rules pertaining to pets. Be aware that pets are often not permitted inside rental cabins or screened shelters, or in swimming and beach areas.
NO: Pets are not permitted in the park.
Families comprise a large portion of park visitors, and two of the key ingredients for a successful family outing are -- a place to eat and a place to let the children play. Most Texas parks offer facilities to meet these needs.
0: No picnic tables or playgrounds are available.
This is potentially the most subjective of our ratings, although the primary s we base it on are the park's size and average year-round level of visitation. Even the busiest parks can provide solitude if you arrive when they open (8:00 AM for Texas State Parks) and schedule your visit for a weekday or the off-season.
Minimal opportunities for solitude exist due to extremely high visitation year-round. This rating is reserved for the most popular parks in the state.
Hikers, walkers, cyclists, mountain bikers, equestrians, and runners all benefit from the presence of established, well-maintained trail systems. Our ratings are based on the total mileage of a each park's trail system.
0: No established trails available. Many of these parks do have paths, sidewalks, or parking lots suitable for walking and bicycling.
During the unrelenting heat and humidity of Texas summers, parks with easy access to water recreation are especially desirable. Some of the popular water recreation activities are swimming, tubing, rafting, and boating.
0: No water recreation available. While these parks may have water in the form of ponds, streams, rivers, etc., they do not permit access for recreational use other than fishing.
Some Texas parks are home to more diverse and abundant wildlife than others. Based on our visits to each of the parks featured on Wild Texas, we have developed a general sense of their wildlife viewing potential.
Wildlife viewing opportunities are rare. These parks have relatively few species of wildlife and/or species that are extremely difficult to observe.
Wildlife viewing opportunities are available, but limited. Generally, large mammals or reptiles are not observed at these parks, while several or more bird species may be sighted.
Good wildlife viewing opportunities are available. Generally, these parks offer the chance to view several or more species of wildlife during most visits to the park, including mammals and/or reptile species as well as birds.
These parks are especially noted for their abundant and diverse wildlife. Viewing opportunities are extremely likely during every visit to the park.
Visit the parks directory
Warning: include(/home/wildtexa/public_html/includes/global_footer.inc): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /nfs/c12/h08/mnt/218167/domains/wildtexas.com/html/parks/ratings.php on line 160
Warning: include(): Failed opening '/home/wildtexa/public_html/includes/global_footer.inc' for inclusion (include_path='.:/usr/local/php-5.6.21/share/pear') in /nfs/c12/h08/mnt/218167/domains/wildtexas.com/html/parks/ratings.php on line 160