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Blanco State ParkTexas might have a lower percentage of public land than almost any other state, but the variety of its options—from the coast to the canyons—is staggering. In honor of the centennial of the Texas State Parks system, Texas Monthly staffers chose their favorite parks for everything from vigorous hikes to gentle sea breezes. Read Next: Empire, Wide and Glorious Best SnorkelingBalmorhea State Park, ToyahvaleOne of the world’s largest spring-fed swimming pools, Balmorhea offers a swimming experience that might feel more like Caribbean than Texan, with schools of fish swaying and turtles paddling in the gin-clear water. Just brace yourself for the brisk temperature, which hovers between 72 and 76 degrees. Best BirdingBentsen–Rio Grande Valley State Park, MissionArguably among the top birding destinations on the planet, this pocket…

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