Near Austin

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 and open daily through the […]

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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 history geeks, Pedernales Falls State

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Guadalupe River State Park

Come and cool off in 4 miles of riverside estate primo for swimming, camping and enjoying time with the family. Located just 30 miles from San Antonio and only 1.5 hours south of Austin, Guadalupe River State Park tends to be geared more towards folks with young children, although people of all ages can definitely enjoy the beautiful scenery.   Those

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A person wearing climbing gear is scaling a rock formation at Reimers Ranch, surrounded by trees and using ropes for safety.

Reimers Ranch Park

Nestled in the heart of Texas Hill Country, Reimers Ranch Park is a true gem for outdoor enthusiasts. This expansive park, covering over 2,400 acres, offers a variety of thrilling activities and stunning landscapes that promise to captivate visitors of all ages. From its rugged limestone cliffs and meandering trails to the serene Pedernales River, Reimers Ranch is a haven

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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 area also welcomes overnight campers

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Canyon Lake

Those yearning for cool relief from the harsh Texas heat need look no further than the aqua-blue waters of Canyon Lake. Canyon Lake is located on the Guadalupe River in Comal County, Texas. With over 80 miles of scenic shoreline and an area covering 8,200 acres, Canyon Lake is the premier destination for water-lovers from San Antonio to Austin. Although

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Palmetto State Park

Palmetto State Park is a place that stands apart from the rest of Central Texas. With old-growth trees draped in Spanish moss and a wealth of semi-tropical vegetation, this green oasis appears pulled straight of of prehistoric times. Located in Gonzales County, Palmetto State Park is only 1 hour from major cities San Antonio and Austin. The best time to

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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 or for unwinding peacefully after

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Bergheim Campground and River Outfitter

Looking for a relaxing float or paddle down the Guadalupe River? Come visit Bergheim Campground and River Outfitter.  Located on the Upper Guadalupe, this campground is a bit off the beaten path, making for a more peaceful experience. This section of the river is also known as Sultenfuss Crossing, and many locals come down here to swim, and just chill

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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 hole – although recent additions

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Hamilton Pool

s Legendary swimming hole and grotto. The grotto, or cavern, of Hamilton Pool Preserve was created when the dome of an underground river collapsed, creating a 50ft waterfall into a pool below.  Today the area is endangered species protected, due to re-growth of lush vegetation and wildlife that was once trampled by cattle.  However, a limited number of people can

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