The Prairies and Lakes Region is located in the north central part of Texas. It is home to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, the forth largest metropolitan area in the United States. This region also has a beautiful countryside with ranches, "bed and breakfasts", and many recreational lakes. Whether you're looking for the excitement of a big town (shopping, dining, nightlife), or for a more leisurely time in the rural areas, you'll find it here in the Prairies and Lakes Region.
Dinosaur Valley State Park, 1629 Park Rd 59, Glen Rose, +1 254 897-4588,  Located close to Fort Worth, this state park is know for the numerous dinosaur fossils and footprints that can be found here.
Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge
Palmetto State Park, 78 Park Road 11 South Gonzales, +1 830 672-3266, . Located near Gonzales, this state park (named for the Dwarf palmettos and other tropical vegetation found here) is located along the San Marcos River which makes it a popular spot for hiking, tubing, kayaking, and canoeing. Campsites for RV's and cabins are also available.