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The Popular Hill Country of Texas

Texas is a very large state, and as such, has a vast — if not total — array 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 instantly come to mind when you think about Texas, but the region definitely deserves some attention for its beauty and culture.

The hill country is possibly one of the finest regions in the state to hike, ride bikes, or just hang out. The range of lush greenery and the occasional granite outcropping make it a fantastic environment for sightseeing. One of the most famous landmarks in this part of the state is Enchanted Rock, a large, pink granite mountain that can be observed 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 spot for hiking and picnicking.

For those who enjoy hiking and scenery, Lake Georgetown is a prime vacation spot. The lake is pretty much 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 un-level. But for individuals who can deal with the trails, there are great sights of the lake waiting at various points along the way. Cactus and cedar trees line the trails, and limestone boulders appear to burst up out of nowhere from time to time.

One more attraction for outdoor lovers is the area's latest 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 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 adventure. At each of these turnarounds, though, are a series of unpaved paths and trails that go on and cut across the park.

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