Visitor's Guide to Hill Country, Texas

Texas is a very big state, and as such, has an extensive — if not complete — array of topography. From rugged mountains to beaches and everything in between, you can discover 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 region certainly deserves some attention for its beauty and culture.

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 greenery and the occasional granite outcropping make it an amazing 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 middle of a park detailed on the National Register of Historic Places and is an amazing area for hiking and picnicking.

For those who enjoy hiking and scenery, Lake Georgetown is a primary 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 irregular. But for individuals who can handle the trails, there are fantastic views of the lake waiting at various spots along the way. Cactus and cedar trees line 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 levels, with a main paved path fronting the park, and unpaved side trails and cross-paths along the way to entice the far more seasoned 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 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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