Hill Country, Texas: A Genuine Road Trip

Texas is a very large state, and as such, has a wide — 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 beautiful "hill country." The green rolling hills in the middle part of the state don't always come to mind when you think about Texas, but the area definitely deserves some attention for its magnificence and tradition.

The hill country is probably one of the finest areas in the state to hike, ride bikes, or just hang out. The variety of lush foliage and the occasional granite outcropping make it a fantastic environment for sightseeing. One of the most famous landmarks in this portion 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 middle of a park detailed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a wonderful place for hiking and picnicking.

For those who like hiking and scenery, Lake Georgetown is a key destination. The lake is virtually 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 those who can manage the trails, there are wonderful sights of the lake waiting at numerous spots along the way. Cactus and cedar trees line the trails, and limestone boulders seem to burst up out of nowhere from time to time.

One more attraction for outdoor fans is the area's latest park, Berry Springs Park and Preserve. This park is set up to support 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 seasoned walker. The main pathway goes both east and west from the parking lot, with "turnarounds" at both ends for those who want some exercise without the adventure. At each of these turnarounds, though, are a sequence of unpaved paths and trails that go on and cut across the park.

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