Mother Neff State Park will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department on Saturday with a 2-mile hike packed with special features.

Visitors will begin the hike at the park’s entrance, move through the riparian river bottom up and through the canyon to the Tonkawa Cave, and end at the wash pond.

Volunteers will be available at each station to answer questions, and a chronicle pictorial exhibit of the park’s history will be divided among the stations.

“We have pictures starting from 1923, moving up into the present,” Park Superintendent Leah Huth said. “It shows the progression of major events that occurred, with pictures to go along with it.”

The first 75 hikers will receive a free bottle of water, and a “goodie” bag, which includes hiking products, Huth said.

The self-guided hike will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday and run through 4 p.m. There will not be a separate charge for the hike, but entrance fees at the park, at 1680 Texas Highway 236 in Moody, will apply.

Huth said the hike could take an estimated one to two hours to complete.

The hike is in conjunction with the American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day, which is on the first Saturday of June annually, and is celebrated nationally, Huth said.

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