Description - The National Forests and Parks of Texas lie in the extreme eastern woods of the state and the high western plains. The Forests include four properties in the Pineywoods region of the state that comprise nearly 640,000 acres. All of the Texas National Forests lie north of Houston and southeast of Dallas. There are two National Parks within the state: Big Bend and Guadalupe Mountains. These properties lie on the southern and northern boundaries, respectively, of the Texas panhandle.
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Attractions within the National Forests and Parks of Texas vary greatly from site to site. Visitors will find developed and primitive areas within each property. Developed hiking trails, horseback riding trails, visitor centers, campgrounds and access roads, can be found in most of the sites.
Recreation - Recreation opportunities abound at these federally-administered sites. Visitors can enjoy viewing exhibits, reading interpretive panels, hiking, biking, fishing, boating, camping, backpacking and four-wheel driving, among other activities.
Climate - Texas is a huge state with varying climates but generally the climate could be said to be primarily hot and humid in the summer months and mild to cool in the winter. Western Texas receives very little rainfall with the exception of the higher elevations. This is the driest area of the state having a relative humidity of 50 percent and an annual rainfall average of eight inches.
Northern Texas is infamous for its quickly changing weather. This is the area of the state that receives remarkable tornadoes and hailstorms. This is also the only region of the state to accumulate snow. An average of 15 inches falls each year along with 20 inches of rain.
Eastern Texas experiences hot and humid summers. Temperatures in the metro areas of Fort Worth and Dallas often reach 100 degrees in July and August. This makes for a dangerously high heat and uncomfortable for traveling. Winters are pleasant in this region, where the temperatures rarely dip below 32 degrees. Average rainfall in eastern Texas reaches 25 inches or more.
The National Forests of Texas lie in the eastern Pineywoods region. Both Big Bend and Guadalupe Mountains National Parks are found in the Big Bend region of western Texas. Other National Park sites such as National Historic Sites and National Recreation Areas are scattered throughout the state. Maps and directions are included in the descriptions of each forest or Park.