Hiking and Camping in Texas

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Hiking and Camping in Texas

Texas isn’t the sun blasted desert some imagine from the old western movies. Well, some of it is, but there are also hidden gems sprinkled throughout this great state. Whether you want to go hiking in the second largest canyon in the U.S., make your way to a hidden swimming hole, or camp on a stretch of untamed beach, Texas has you covered. 

National Parks

Texas is home to a number of national parks including the national seashore on North Padre Island. Guests will find a rich ecosystem and around 60 miles of untamed beach visitors can drive down, fish, and camp on. A four wheel drive, high clearance vehicle is a must to traverse this wild stretch of beach. Be sure to have a full tank of gas because this journey only has one way in or out. 

State Parks

Many of the state parks in Texas contain networks of trails with convenient RV spots or primitive camping areas. Tucked away in the panhandle just south of Amarillo, Palo Duro Canyon is the second largest canyon in the country and provides ample opportunity to stretch your legs. Be careful of the critters though as it isn’t unusual to see a rattlesnake slithering across the trail. The Texas Parks and Wildlife department offers information on this and many other parks throughout the state. 

County Parks

Some counties in Texas manage parks with unparalleled treasures. Hamilton pool near Austin is one such gem that is run by Travis county. To protect the natural splendor of this park, space is limited so get there early or check the Travis County parks website to see if reservations are available. Swimming is not allowed at different times for safety reasons, but there are many hiking trails in the Hamilton Pool preserve area and plenty to do aside from taking a dip in the pool. Downtown Austin also includes the spooky and haunted River Place Nature Trail.

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City Parks

Many cities also have a variety of parks and trail systems such as the Austin greenbelt. Don’t be afraid to ask a local as Texans love talking about their state.

AUTHOR BIO: “Jennifer Holt is a freelance writer and mother of two. She is a keen hiker, and is currently trying to complete some of the scariest, most haunted hiking trails across the U.S.”

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