Hill Country, Texas: A Genuine Road Trip

Texas is a very large state, and as such, has a wide — if not total — assortment of topography. From rugged mountains to beaches and almost everything in between, you can come across it in Texas, including 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 definitely deserves some attention for its magnificence and tradition.

The hill country is most likely one of the greatest regions in the state to hike, ride bikes, or just hang out. The range of lush foliage 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 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 a fantastic place for hiking and picnicking.

For those who enjoy hiking and scenery, Lake Georgetown is a key destination. The lake is nearly 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 irregular. But for individuals who can deal with the trails, there are wonderful views of the lake waiting at various points along the way. Cactus and cedar trees border the trails, and limestone boulders seem 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 support walkers of all skill 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 heads both east and west from the parking lot, with "turnarounds" at both ends for individuals who want a workout without the excitement. At each of these turnarounds, though, are a series of unpaved paths and trails that extend on and traverse the park.

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