Category Archives: TexasStateParks

My friends and I are attempting to visit all 93 State Parks in the great State of Texas. I will provide posts, pictures, maps, advice, tips, etc on all of the parks we visit.

Zaragoza Birthplace State Historic Site

In front of Presidio La Bahia is the Zaragoza Birthplace SHS.

From TPWD:

Ever wonder why we celebrate Cinco de Mayo? This day honors General Ignacio Zaragoza, who defeated the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. Visit his reconstructed birthplace adjacent to the Presidio to learn about this Texas-Mexican hero, born here in 1829. Descendants of the original town of La Bahía, the settlement that grew up around the Presidio, still live in the area today. Don’t miss the adjacent Zaragoza statue, donated by the citizens of Puebla, Mexico.

Zaragoza Birthplace
Zaragoza Birthplace

Access to this side building is limited. I recommend calling ahead to check for availability. The Presidio and birthplace of Zaragoza are not part of the State Park. There are additional fees to access both. Please plan accordingly.

Goliad State Park

Next to Mission Espiritu Santo is Goliad State Park. Although small, this park packs a punch when it comes to Texas History. Along with the neighboring mission that I posted about previously there are several other historic sites nearby. Additionally the park has plenty to offer in the form of outdoor activities.

Activities include camping, picnicking, hiking, fishing, swimming is available across from the park, at a junior Olympic swimming pool, operated by the city of Goliad (Swimming Safety Tips), nature study, and historical study. The park offers a floating dock and river access for kayaks and canoes, and is a take-out point for the Goliad Paddling Trail.

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Fannin Memorial Monument (Southeast of the park next to Presidio La Bahia)

 

 

Mission Espiritu Santo State Historic Site

Back in September of 2013 I visited a great Mission in Goliad (and apparently forgot to hit publish on the posting). If you haven’t been to Goliad State Park yet I recommend adding it to your list. This site combined with its neighboring historical sites make for a great day trip for anybody.


The mission has been beautifully restored to it’s 18th century condition.

2013 condition of church
Church at Mission Espritu Santo de Goliad

For reference, here is a picture of the 2004 condition.

2004 condition of church
2004 courtesy of another great site for everyone to check out – http://www.wildtexas.com/
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Cannon at the mission

An interpretative guide is provided on the Texas Parks and Wildlife site.

Rain, Rain, don’t go away

Some state parks in Texas got some much-needed rain this weekend. The pictures below are all from facebook posts from the parks. The location is in the caption below each picture.

flooded creek
Hill Country SNA (Memorial Day 2014)
flooded road
Palo Duro Canyon SP (Memorial Day 2014)

 

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Fishing Pier at Copper Breaks State Park (Memorial Day 2014) This is the first time in 5 years that water has been remotely close to this pier. Nice reopening of the pier even if only temporary.
Hopefully the parks get more rain today.