Best Texas State Parks for Visitors

The hill country in Texas is perhaps one of the finest places in the state to enjoy the outdoors if you like to hike and spend time with nature. For a small amount of money, you can spend a week or two camping at one of the many state parks in the region, and enjoy the entire outdoors you can stand. Hiking, biking, fishing, bird watching, and relaxing are just a few of the pursuits you can enjoy at a state park.

If you're not the "ultra-outdoorsy" type — you like being outdoors but you don't want to spend your nights trapped in a tent or RV — then Inks State Park is a fantastic place to go. For the light adventurer, they provide air-conditioned cabins for rent so you can spend your days in the sun and your nights indoors away from the bugs and humidity. The park is large and beautiful, so you won't feel like you're missing out on anything if you stay here. It combines the best of both worlds, the modern and the natural world.

For true hikers, Fredericksburg, Texas is most likely where you want to stay. This town is home to Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, a park whose centerpiece is a big, pink granite mountain dome 1,800 feet tall completely surrounded by vegetation at the base. The rock is filled with spots to hike and adventure, and the view from the top is spectacular. The massive rock protruding up from the surface of the earth is a spectacle itself.

Kickapoo Caverns and Devil's Sink Hole are also excellent places to spend some time, and each is special. Both offer plenty of activities year-round for the entire family, such as bike riding and fly-fishing lessons. Before choosing one or many parks, be sure to check them all out online and see which ones provide the amenities and activities that best suits your needs. The web pages are very precise about what's permitted, what's offered, and what's nearby, so you'll know precisely what to expect when you get there.

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