Thanksgiving in the Park

Walk off that pie at your favorite Texas park

Some families have a tradition of spending Thanksgiving in a Texas state park, bringing along all the fixings and enjoying their feast beneath the colors of fall leaves. 

Those campers and day-pass users can also join in on activities that help burn off those extra calories, such as the 2nd Annual Turkey Trot 5K at South Llano River State Park, the Turkey Pass (or Pass the Turkey) Hike at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area or the Thanksgiving Gobble Wobble at Caddo Lake State Park

Ray Roberts Lake State Park’s Johnson Unit will be hosting a day of Thanksgiving celebrations beginning at 9 a.m. Nov. 23. Families can learn to cook a Dutch oven dish for Thanksgiving this year and try samples of different Dutch oven cuisines. At 11 a.m., there will be crafts and a game hosted in honor of the turkey. The day finishes off with a trap ball turkey tournament at 2 p.m.

The fun doesn’t end on Thursday as we encourage you to #OptOutside instead of heading to the mall for Black Friday sales. OptOutside activities include sunrise and afternoon hikes at many parks and the 12th Annual “Walk Off the Bird” Bird Walk at Tyler State Park.
You can find all kinds of events at Texas state parks at their event page: tpwd.texas.gov/calendar.