The Popular Hill Country of Texas

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

The hill country is most likely one of the finest areas in the state to hike, ride bikes, or just hang out. The variety of lush greenery and the occasional granite outcropping make it a fantastic atmosphere for sightseeing. One of the most famous landmarks in this piece of the state is Enchanted Rock, a large, pink granite mountain that can be viewed for quite some distance. This natural monument is now in the center of a park detailed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a fantastic place for hiking and picnicking.

For those who like hiking and scenery, Lake Georgetown is a primary vacation spot. The lake is virtually completely 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 individuals who can handle the trails, there are great views of the lake waiting at numerous spots along the way. Cactus and cedar trees border the trails, and limestone boulders appear 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 accommodate 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 individuals who want a workout without the excitement. At each of these turnarounds, though, are a sequence of unpaved paths and trails that extend on and cut across the park.

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