Best State Parks

For the City Slickers: Huntsville State Park

Horse stable? Check. Spec's for champagne? Also check.

04/28/2016 By Marianella Orlando

Best East Texas State Parks

Cowboy Coffee & Chili: Campfire Cooking 101

Need tips for cooking in the wild? Ask a cowgirl.

04/28/2016 By Alice Levitt

Best East Texas State Parks

For the Happy Hikers: Martin Dies Jr. State Park

Don't mind the alligators—no, seriously.

04/28/2016 By Nick Esquer

Best East Texas State Parks

The Fauna of the Piney Woods

From water moccasins to woodpeckers, what to watch for—and what to watch out for—in East Texas.

04/28/2016 By Roxanna Asgarian

Best East Texas State Parks

For the Canoers and Kayakers: Caddo Lake State Park

A potential Bigfoot sighting is far from the only reason to visit Texas's largest—and only—natural lake.

04/28/2016 By Roxanna Asgarian

Best State Parks

For the History Hounds: Mission Tejas State Park

More than mounds abound in this part of Texas, where the Caddo Indians once reigned.

04/28/2016 By Alice Levitt

Best East Texas State Parks

The Flora of the Piney Woods

Did you know? Spanish moss is neither a moss nor a lichen.

04/28/2016 By Roxanna Asgarian

Best East Texas State Parks

For the Casual Campers: Martin Creek Lake State Park

It may be the loudest state park in Texas, but it's still one of our favorites—and here's why.

04/28/2016 By Katharine Shilcutt

Best East Texas State Parks

Another Excuse to Go Hiking: Geocaching

The upside of camping with a cell phone? The resurgence of geocaching.

04/28/2016 By Katharine Shilcutt

Editor's Note

Taking the Scenic Route with Park Ranger Joel

Sometimes you want to go where everybody chants Joel's name.

04/28/2016 By Catherine Matusow

Retail

Cabela's Is Here and People Are Pumped

The world's largest outdoor retailer has opened its first Houston area store, complete with bison burgers, a saltwater aquarium, an indoor mountain and plenty of taxidermy.

03/17/2016 By Laura Gillespie

Trail Mix

Run On: The Brays Bayou Trails Offer the Best of Many Worlds

There are few things more satisfying than a sudden shift of scenery.

03/09/2016 By Leah Lucio

Fitness Friday

Body by Nature: 8 Great Houston Parks for Working Out

Now is the perfect time to take your workout to Houston's awesome outdoor spaces.

02/05/2016 By Ellie Sharp

Under 100

100 Miles of Less: Get Off the Grid in the Big Slough

Ever wondered what Texas looked like before we paved a bunch of it?

01/26/2016 By Katharine Shilcutt

The Great Outdoors

Get Out: Cheer on the Houston Marathon from Buffalo Bayou Park

This weekend brings one of the year's best excuses to explore the newly-spiffed-up Buffalo Bayou Park.

01/15/2016 By Katharine Shilcutt

Travel Tips

Minor Mishaps: There's a Kit for That

You'll be glad you made your own travel kit.

08/20/2015 By Katherine Gunn

Outdoors

The Cyclist’s Guide to Houston

What are you waiting for? Gear up!

07/09/2015 Edited by Sarah Rufca Nielsen By Kyle Nielsen, Jeff Balke, and Trey Strange

Pets Guide

Barks and Recreation: Houston’s 10 Best Dog Parks

It’s a good time to be a pooch in the Bayou City.

03/09/2015 By Katharine Shilcutt

Parking It

State Park Series: Extra Credit in Huntsville

With its rich history and winding trails, Huntsville State Park continues our state park series with childlike wonder.

11/07/2014 By Andrew Husband

Get Out

A Backyard of One’s Own

The perfect formula for shaking off the workday is closer than you think.

09/01/2014 By Catherine Matusow