Top 5 Texas National Parks, including Big Thicket

The Lone Star State is home to sleek, gorgeous cities and a sizable population, but it also contains some of the country’s most magnificent natural views, which is why we’ve compiled a list of 5 national parks in Texas that are well worth seeing.

You may also check out our greatest road trips in Texas if you want to see much more.

5 Incredible National Parks in Texas


The Amistad Reservoir, located 3 hours from San Antonio & straddling the US-Mexico border, is a nature lover’s paradise. This self-described “borderland paradise” offers a diverse selection of activities, the majority of which involve getting wet.

Boating and fishing are two of the best activities, and the area’s pure, clear waters are also ideal for scuba diving.

Alibates Flint Quarries

Consider a time when big fluffy mammoths roamed the Earth and indigenous peoples subsisted on the land. The environment that witnessed these events still exists at Alibates, and visitors can walk across it and delve deep into history.

The park is just 45 minutes from Amarillo in northern Texas and has been a favorite tourist destination for over 13,000 years. One of Texas’s earliest national monuments!

Big Bend National Park

One of Texas’ most well-known national parks is located in the state’s extreme west corner, roughly 5 hours from El Paso. This lovely area is the place to go if you truly want to immerse yourself in the Texas wilderness. Big Bend is a vast park with a seemingly endless variety of landscapes, natural animals, and significant historical artifacts.

Big Thicket

Since Big Thicket covers more than 100,000 acres, it’s probably fair to say you won’t be able to see everything in one visit.

However, the park’s flora and animals are so diverse that there will be enough to see and do no matter whatever route or area you choose.


Chamizal is unique among Texas’ national parks since it also serves as an urban park with murals, museums, and a full-fledged play theatre that organizes a variety of significant events throughout the year. The territory was owned by Mexico until 1963. Chamizal National Park, now located in the heart of El Paso, is one of the more accessible Texas national parks.