Delight in the Wonder of Hill Country

The hill country in Texas is perhaps one of the greatest places in the state to enjoy the outdoors if you like to hike and spend time with nature. For a minimal 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 outside but you don't want to spend your nights trapped in a tent or RV — then Inks State Park is a great place to go. For the light traveller, they supply 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 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 day and the natural world.

For true hikers, Fredericksburg, Texas is probably 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 large rock protruding up from the surface of the earth is a spectacle itself.

Kickapoo Caverns and Devil's Sink Hole are also great places to spend some time, and each is unique. Both offer a lot of activities year-round for the entire family, such as bike riding and fly-fishing lessons. Before deciding on one or several parks, be sure to check them all out online and see which ones supply 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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