The Popular Hill Country of Texas

Texas is a very large state, and as such, has a vast — if not complete — assortment of topography. From rugged mountains to beaches and almost everything in between, you can come across it in Texas, such as the beautiful "hill country." The green rolling hills in the middle part of the state don't instantly come to mind when you think about Texas, but the area surely deserves some attention for its beauty and culture.

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

For those who like hiking and scenery, Lake Georgetown is a key vacation spot. The lake is almost fully 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 fantastic sights of the lake waiting at different spots along the way. Cactus and cedar trees border the trails, and limestone boulders appear to burst up out of nowhere from time to time.

One more attraction for outdoor fans 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 skilled walker. The main pathway goes both east and west from the parking lot, with "turnarounds" at each end for individuals who want some exercise without the excitement. At each of these turnarounds, though, are a series of unpaved paths and trails that go on and extend throughout the park.

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