State Parks and Wildlife Management Areas
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Wildlife Management Areas

McKinney Roughs
The Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) is preserving one of Bastrop County's most beautiful locations for your enjoyment and to demonstrate stewardship of water and land resources. An oasis of ecological and cultural treasures lay nestled in this 1,100 acre nature preserve. Steep rolling canyons give way to sandy bottomlands. Loblolly pines grow alongside fields of cactus and colorful wildflowers. The land is host to hundreds of species of mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles and more than 135 varieties of plants. Fish and other aquatic life teem in a two-mile bend of the Colorado River that borders the eastern edge of the property.

Kerr Wildlife Management Area
This area was selected as a land base for the Edwards Plateau ecological area to develop, manage and research wildlife habitats and populations of indigenous species. The Kerr Area contains 6,493 acres, representative of the Edwards Plateau habitat type of Texas. Located at the headwaters of the North Fork of the Guadalupe River, 12 miles northwest of Hunt, Kerr County, Texas, on Ranch Road 1340.

Mason Mountain Wildlife Management Area
Formerly a working exotic game ranch, today the resources of Mason Mountain WMA are dedicated to research concerning the ecology of the Central Mineral Region, and its application to wildlife management on private lands. Located in the Llano Uplift.

Old Tunnel Wildlife Management Area
Site of a bat colony, where 1-2 million Mexican free-tailed bats and cave Myotis roost in an abandoned railroad tunnel. Approximately 13 miles north of Comfort, Texas and 11 miles south of Fredericksburg.

Walter Buck Wildlife Management Area
The objectives of the TPWD on the Buck Area are to maintain healthy, native wildlife habitats and populations through the use of wildlife and habitat management programs. Located approximately 5 miles southwest of Junction, Texas in Kimble County off State Highway 377. The Area is bounded on the north side by the South Llano River State Park, and consists of approximately 2,155 acres of rough Texas Hill Country.

Texas State Parks

Kickapoo Cavern State Park
The park is currently in an undeveloped state. Potential visitors must call the park prior to their visit to make arrangements. Interesting features of the park include 15 known caves, two of which are large enough to be significant. Park facilities include 14 miles of mountain biking trails, and 18 miles of undesignated hiking and birding trails. A two-acre picnic area is available for day use. The park is reached by taking US Highway 90 west out of Uvalde, then taking Ranch Road 674 north of Brackettville for 22 miles. Look for signs on the Highway. The gate is 1/4 mile past the Edwards County line on the west side of the highway. More detailed directions may be obtained when visitors call to make reservations.

Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site
Visitors to this day-use park can enjoy historical study, picnicking, nature study, fishing, and view Texas longhorn cattle. The abundant wildlife of the Hill Country is highlighted by enclosures containing buffalo, longhorn, and white-tailed deer. These animals have played a part in the park's history and the local wildlife continues to be an important attraction for visitors. The park is famous for its spring wildflower display. The Visitor Center contains memorabilia from President Johnson's boyhood and presidency, and a wide variety of items representative of Hill Country ethnic groups. The park is located 2 miles east of Stonewall, 14 miles west of Johnson City on US Highway 290 toward Fredericksburg. Adjacent to both Ranch Road 1 and US Highway 290; enter on Park Road 52.

Sauer-Beckmann Farm
Rural Life, 1900-1918 - Here, costumed interpreters carry out the day-to-day activities of a turn-of-the-century Texas-German farm family. Located on the same grounds as the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park, the park is 2 miles east of Stonewall, 14 miles west of Johnson City on US Highway 290 toward Fredericksburg. Adjacent to both Ranch Road 1 and US Highway 290; enter on Park Road 52.

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