Top Outdoor Locations of Texas

It holds to reason that a state as big and varied as Texas would be a great vacation spot for outdoor adventures. Texas has hundreds of state parks readily available for lovers of fresh air and nature. McCurtain County is home to a number of of them.

McCurtain County includes some of the most pristine land in the area. It is home to the earliest stands of pine anyplace in the world. It is on Life Magazine's list of the "top places to visit throughout your lifetime." The county is covered with trails for all skill levels, which range in length from one to 16 miles. Terrain also differs in intensity, from gentle, rolling flatlands to rugged mountain climbs. The paths aren't just restricted to hikers either. Many of them are accessible to mountain bikers, and the numerous trails keep hikers and bikers apart.

Three of the best parks to visit in this region are Inks Lake, Garner, and Beaver's Bend. Beaver's Bend, especially, is a great park for hiking and spending time. There are lodges available for rent for the less adventurous hiker, and several have a great view of the lake. Beaver's Bend is three hours away from Dallas in southwest Oklahoma, but is well worth the time it takes to get there, specifically if you enjoy hiking diversity. The dried up river beds, rocky ridges and deep lush underbrush make for an exciting trekking adventure.

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