Best Texas State Parks for Visitors

The hill country in Texas is perhaps one of the best places in the state to enjoy the outdoors if you like to hike and spend time with nature. For a minimum amount of money, you can devote a week or two camping at one of the many state parks in the area, and enjoy the entire outdoors you can stand. Hiking, biking, fishing, bird watching, and relaxing are just some of the pursuits you can enjoy 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 trapped in a tent or RV — then Inks State Park is a fantastic place to go. For the light traveller, they provide air-conditioned cabins for rent so you can spend your days in the sun and your nights inside away from the bugs and humidity. The park is large and lovely, 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 day and the natural world.

For real 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 large, pink granite mountain dome 1,800 feet tall entirely surrounded by vegetation at the base. The rock is filled with spots to hike and adventure, and the view from the top is breathtaking. The massive rock protruding up from the surface of the earth is a spectacle itself.

Kickapoo Caverns and Devil's Sink Hole are also fantastic places to invest some time, and each is unique. Both offer a great deal 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 provide the amenities and activities that best suits your needs. The web pages are very distinct 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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