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San Angelo's Hidden Jewel

San Angelo's Hidden Jewel

by Becca Brannan, RN - August 30, 2014

When I was in my twenties, I discovered a love for hiking. I was living in Austin, TX at the time. It is in the Texas hill country and outdoor activities are plentiful. I would hike along the Barton Creek Greenbelt every day after work and venture out to try new trails on the weekends.

About that same time, I decided I needed a “bucket list” of things I wanted to do. With my new found love of hiking, I decided that I needed to hike at least once in every state. Over the next few years, I lived in several different places – California (up north and down south), Florida (Panama City) and back to Texas eventually. I have traveled to quite a few states and hiked, but I definitely have a few to go to check that off my list!

When I moved back to San Angelo, I was bummed about hiking. I wanted to come home to be near my family, but I thought there wouldn’t be any cool hiking places I could get to within a few minutes. Well, to my surprise I was most definitely wrong! My parents drove me out to the San Angelo State Park a few days after moving back to town.

How did I not know about this place? My mom told me stories of how full the reservoir used to be when she was a little girl. On hot summer days they would spend the weekend out on the water fishing and picnicking.

I was so happy. Here was a place to really get away in nature, and it was just right around the corner. I immediately bought a Texas State Parks Pass that gets you unlimited visits to all the state parks in Texas for a year, and I started to explore the park.

What a find! There are over 50 miles of developed multi-use trails – hiking, mountain biking and equestrian. You can camp out or rent one of the small cabins. You can check out the American Indian rock art and ancient animal tracks. There are even bison and longhorn that call the park home.

I know we are in West Texas, but you would be surprised at the really beautiful flora that you can see and photograph out there. When the prickly pears are blooming, it is really lovely. I relish my time out there. It is very peaceful, gives you the chance to experience nature and clear the clutter from your mind.

Don’t wait another day! Go check out the San Angelo State Park. At the very least, check it out on the Texas Parks & Wildlife website. See what a jewel we have right in our own backyard!
San Angelo State Park


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