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Big Spring Texas State Park
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Big Spring State Park Information:
This 382 acre park is located within the city limits of Big Spring in Howard County, Texas. The park was deeded to TPWD in 1934-1935. It was developed by the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) and opened to the public in 1936. The CCC built the restrooms, pavilion, headquarters building, residence, the pump house, and the 3 mile drive that loops around Scenic Mountain. The drive’s retaining walls are built out of large blocks of limestone. In the past, Comanche and other Indian tribes visited the park because of the spring waters. Wildlife includes cottontail rabbits, jackrabbits, horned lizards, ground squirrels, roadrunners, and a small prairie dog town (on the south side of the park). A larger prairie dog town exists at the nearby Big Spring Municipal Airport. Birds are numerous near the ponds. A Sandhill Crane Sanctuary is located within the park. The 200 foot high Scenic Mountain is a main attraction because the mountain top provides a stunning view of the surrounding countryside. The winding mountain road is popular with walkers, joggers, and bikers. The park is a popular site for stargazing. Park admission is free. Park camping fees apply.For more complete park information, read the Big Spring State Park Rack Brochure and watch the Park Video.  From Big Spring and IH-20 East, take Business 20 exit #174 east. Turn right on FM 700; the park is located on the right. From IH-20 West, take exit 181A; the park will be on the left. From U.S. 87, follow the brown signs and turn onto FM 700. Big Spring State Park Facilities Map
 
Big Spring State Park Amenities & Facilities:
Park amenities include restrooms without showers, an ADA compliant, 50 person capacity group picnic pavilion, the CCC built rustic pavilion (ideal for weddings or other events), a playground, ADA compliant picnic areas, the 2.4 mile scenic loop &ADA accessible walking route, a 0.66 mile nature loop trail, a small prairie dog town, a seasonal interpretive center displaying Indian artifacts and fossils, a store, and a parking lot.  Big Spring State Park Facilities Map
 
Big Spring State Park Directions
From Big Spring and IH-20 East, take Business 20 exit #174 east. Turn right on FM 700; the park is located on the right. From IH-20 West, take exit 181A; the park will be on the left. From U.S. 87, follow the brown signs and turn onto FM 700.