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Lockhart State Park

Lockhart State Park caters more to those looking for a slower-paced nature experience than some of the other Texas parks. Great for families, educational opportunities or passing a leisurely day, Lockhart has a swimming pool, golf course and walking/hiking trails that are dog and kid friendly. Less than a half hour away from San Marcos

Pedernales Falls State Park

Serenity now! Witness the beauty of the park’s namesake, experience some seriously historic geologic formations, and enjoy the solitude. For the rock geeks, Pedernales Falls is a 50 ft waterfall cascading down 300 million year old limestone formations, created by Cretaceous seas that deposited what is seen there today, including marine fossils.  For the American

Reimers Ranch Park

Over 2,000 acres of pristine land awaits you at Reimers Ranch Park. Located just under an hour from Austin, Reimers Ranch Park is in beautiful Travis County along the Perdanales River and the Pogue Springs Preserve/Hogge Reserve.  It boasts of lush green wilderness, sandy riverbanks and towering rocky peaks – with minimal crowds. Activities Rockclimbing

Government Canyon

Hiking, mountain biking, geocaching? Check. Government Canyon State Natural Area is an outdoor enthusiast’s playground, with more than 40 miles of trails to explore deep in the heart of Texas Hill Country. Located on the northwestern outskirts of San Antonio, the 8,600-acre Government Canyon is open to daytime visitors Friday-Monday, and closed Tuesday-Thursday. The natural

McKinney Falls State Park

McKinney Falls State Park is something of a hidden gem of the Austin area, offering its namesake falls, remarkable sightseeing and miles of wooded trails all nestled within a 700-acre corner of Austin city limits. With a surprising wealth of activities, particularly hiking, biking and swimming opportunities, McKinney Falls is perfect for a short getaway

Blue Hole

Blue Hole

A rustic, natural swimming hole with perennially cool water, Blue Hole has been a favorite summertime destination for Central Texas residents for nearly 100 years. Just minutes from the small-town cheer of Wimberley, Blue Hole still evokes a sense of a bygone era, the pastoral charm of whiling away lazy days at a rural watering

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