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The Great 8: ​State Parks of East Texas

Despite his job as a Texas photographer and writer, Laurence Parent hadn’t visited many of East Texas’ state parks in years. In 2016, when University of Texas Press asked him to revise his 2008 guidebook, Official Guide to Texas State Parks and Historic Sites, he seized the opportunity and hit the road. The experience was a bit like renewing old friendships; he not only saw things he remembered from previous visits but also found new surprises. Here are some highlights from his East Texas favorites. Text: Laurence Parent. Cover image: @i_justinisaac via Instagram

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