State Adventure: Texas



Horseback riding, mountain biking, or kayaking, the state of Texas is home to all kinds of outdoor adventure. With 54 State Parks and 4 State Forests, as well as 2 National Parks and 4 National Forests, the south central state is the perfect oasis for outdoor adventure. If you are planning to head down to Texas in the near future, we have assembled a list of some of the best places to discover adventure while in the Lone Star State.

Hueco Tanks State Park


Hueco Tanks is one of the top destinations for outdoor recreation in the entire Lone Star State. The park is situated just outside the city of El Paso and covers nearly 900 acres. From camping to rock climbing, this mountainous area offers a wide variety of outdoor recreation. One of the most interesting qualities about this area is the existence of pictographs in caves within the park. These pictographs are considered some of the earliest known pictographs in our country’s history and attract visitors from all over the world. Hueco Tanks State Park is just one of the many great places to explore and enjoy the outdoors in Texas, but it definitely stands as one of the best.

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area


Measured as one of the largest natural rock formations in the United States, Enchanted Rock is found north of Fredericksburg in the Texas Hill Country. With its monumental dome shaped rock that rises 425 feet above the ground, hiking and photography have become extremely popular activities at this destination. There are several trails to hike in the area, including a 4-mile path that leads to the top. The natural area is also a great place to camp, bird watch, and rock climb.

Devils River State Natural Area


This last location isn’t for the weak and can be quite dangerous, so it always a good idea to bring your Garmin fēnix 3 for better navigation and maybe even a VIRB XE action camera to capture the exciting moments. Devils River State Natural Area is very distinctive in the fact that it’s extremely primitive and remote. You will not find campgrounds and guided tours in this area. The harsh and striking Devils River attracts kayakers and canoers from all over the world seeking to paddle downriver to the Lake Amistad National Recreation Area. These demanding paddle trips can range from 30 to 45 miles and are reflected as highly difficult. Devils River is recommended only for serious and experienced paddlers equipped to spend multiple days in the vast isolated area. So if you’re up to the challenge, this river can host an amazing experience.

Texas is a picture-perfect state to explore, hike, bike, kayak, and learn even more about our country’s history. Tune in next week for another state adventure series post and don’t forget to share with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and use hashtag #HaveNoLimits.

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