Enjoy State Parks of Texas in Hill Country

The hill country in Texas is possibly one of the best places in the state to appreciate the outdoors if you like to hike and spend time with nature. For a small amount of money, you can spend a week or two camping at one of the many state parks in the region, and enjoy the entire outdoors you can handle. Hiking, biking, fishing, bird watching, and relaxing are just a few of the pursuits you can appreciate at a state park.

If you're not the "ultra-outdoorsy" type — you like being outdoors but you don't want to spend your nights cooped up in a tent or RV — then Inks State Park is an excellent place to go. For the light adventurer, they offer air-conditioned cabins for rent so you can spend your days in the sun and your nights indoors away from the bugs and humidity. The park is vast and beautiful, so you won't feel like you're missing out on anything if you stay here. It brings together the best of both worlds, the modern and the natural world.

For true hikers, Fredericksburg, Texas is most likely where you want to stay. This town is home to Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, a park whose focal point is a big, pink granite mountain dome 1,800 feet tall totally surrounded by vegetation at the base. The rock is filled with places to hike and adventure, and the view from the top is gorgeous. The huge rock protruding up from the surface of the earth is a spectacle itself.

Kickapoo Caverns and Devil's Sink Hole are also excellent places to spend some time, and each is special. Both offer plenty of activities year-round for the entire family, including bike riding and fly-fishing lessons. Before choosing one or a number of parks, be sure to check them all out online and see which ones offer the amenities and activities that best suits your needs. The web pages are very precise about what's allowed, what's available, and what's close by, so you'll know exactly what to expect when you get there.

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