[FISCAL NOTES — LINE ITEMS] TX State Parks Boost Local Economies

Texas Comptroller

How State Parks Boost Local Economies

  Photo of sand-sledding at Monahans Sandhills State Park

Sand-sledding at Monahans Sandhills State Park.
Photo courtesy of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Ten million annual visitors make Texas state parks a top year-round vacation favorite, according to a report commissioned by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation, and their spending helps support local businesses and rural communities.

In the latest Line Items dispatch from Fiscal Notes, we examine how state parks’ tourism brings much needed revenue and jobs to diverse natural areas around the state, from the sandhills of Monahans State Park in the west to the Big Thicket forests of Daingerfield State Park in the northeast.