Hill Country, Texas: A Genuine Road Trip

Texas is a very huge state, and as such, has an extensive — if not complete — assortment of topography. From rugged mountains to beaches and almost everything in between, you can find it in Texas, such as the gorgeous "hill country." The green rolling hills in the middle part of the state don't immediately come to mind when you think about Texas, but the area definitely deserves some attention for its magnificence and culture.

The hill country is probably one of the finest regions in the state to hike, ride bikes, or just hang out. The range of lush greenery and the occasional granite outcropping make it an amazing atmosphere for sightseeing. One of the most famous landmarks in this part of the state is Enchanted Rock, a large, pink granite mountain that can be observed for quite some distance. This natural monument is now in the center of a park posted on the National Register of Historic Places and is a wonderful spot for hiking and picnicking.

For those who enjoy hiking and scenery, Lake Georgetown is a key destination. The lake is nearly entirely surrounded by a hiking trail, making it one of the longest in the state. It is not an easy hike, as the terrain is rocky and un-level. But for those who can deal with the trails, there are great sights of the lake waiting at numerous spots along the way. Cactus and cedar trees line the trails, and limestone boulders seem to pop up out of nowhere from time to time.

One more attraction for outdoor lovers is the area's newest park, Berry Springs Park and Preserve. This park is set up to support walkers of all ability ranges, with a main paved path fronting the park, and unpaved side trails and cross-paths along the way to entice the far more experienced walker. The main pathway goes both east and west from the parking lot, with "turnarounds" at each end for those who want a workout without the adventure. At each of these turnarounds, though, are a sequence of unpaved paths and trails that extend on and traverse the park.

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