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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Lake Mineral Wells State Park

Resting peacefully in the Texas countryside is Lake Mineral Wells State Park. Originally established as a water supply source for the city of Mineral Wells, TX this park supports a thriving ecosystem of fish and winged wildlife while offering park visitors and campers plenty of room to enjoy recreational activities. Located roughly forty-five miles west of Fort Worth, the latest

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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

Bergheim Campground and River Outfitter

Bergheim Campground and River Outfitter Nestled along the picturesque Guadalupe River in Boerne, Texas, Bergheim Campground and River Outfitter is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. With its lush landscapes and tranquil waters, this park offers a perfect escape into nature’s embrace. Whether you’re looking to camp under the stars, embark on a thrilling river adventure, or simply relax by the

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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

Hamilton Pool Preserve, located in Dripping Springs, Texas, is a natural paradise that promises a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. With its stunning limestone formations and crystal-clear waters, it offers a unique blend of scenic beauty and tranquility. Visitors can expect an unforgettable experience as they explore the lush trails, marvel at the breathtaking waterfall,

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Camp Huaco Springs

Situated along the serene Guadalupe River in New Braunfels, Texas, Camp Huaco Springs is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. This charming campground offers a blend of rustic beauty and modern amenities, making it an ideal getaway for families, couples, and solo adventurers alike. Whether you’re seeking the thrill of river tubing, the tranquility of riverside camping, or

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Krause Springs

Tucked away in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, Krause Springs offers a tranquil escape that feels worlds apart from the hustle and bustle of city life. This lush, 115-acre property in Spicewood is a hidden gem, boasting over 30 natural springs, picturesque waterfalls, and serene swimming holes. Whether you’re a nature lover, an adventure seeker, or simply looking

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Inks Lake State Park

Inks Lake State Park

Nestled in the heart of Texas Hill Country, Inks Lake State Park is a haven for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike. With its shimmering blue waters, rugged rock formations, and lush landscapes, this park promises a memorable escape into the great outdoors. Imagine spending your days exploring scenic trails, lounging by the lake, or discovering hidden waterfalls. Whether you’re

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Bastrop State Park

Bastrop State Park owes its impressive beauty to the presence of the “Lost Pines,” the westernmost forest of loblolly pines in the country, separated from their nearest neighbors in east Texas by 100 miles. Also of interest are several buildings constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. Considered an excellent example of the rustic, non-intrusive architectural style of

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Paved road flanked by stone pillars leading through a forest with a sign on the right reading "Ratcliff Lake Recreation Area, Davy Crockett National Forest.

Ratcliff Lake Recreation Area

Cloaked by the loblloy pine and oak trees of The Davy Crockett National Forest sits Ratcliff Lake Recreation Area, a campground that hosts locals and national visitors every year.  Built in 1936 by the Civilian Conservation Corps, this beautiful lake area is open year-round and is an ideal location for camping, leisurely hikes, swimming, and other outdoor activities. Driving from

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A row of large trees alongside a calm lake with picnic tables and benches scattered on the grassy area underneath.

Emma Long Metropolitan Park

One of the largest parks in Austin, Emma Long (mostly just known as “City Park”) is great place for locals to get their fill of nature without having to travel far from home. With off-leash trails that let man’s best friend enjoy a bit of freedom, highly technical mountain biking, and family-friendly swimming and picnic spots along Lake Austin, Emma

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