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Must See Texas Tree Tunnels Near You: Take a Shaded Stroll Through Natural Beauty

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Ask any non-Texans about their idea of what our great state is like, and they’ll probably tell you it’s something like the Old West. While they’re partially right, not everyone rides a horse to work, owns a ranch, or is a competitive bull rider.

In the same vein, the state of Texas is not all scrub brush and high plains desert. In fact, some of the most pristine trees and woodlands in the world are located in our great state. With that in mind, here are four amazing places for you to venture if you’re looking for some prime tree tunnels to help center your spirit or provide an amazing photo opportunity.

1. Bastrop to Smithville–State Park Road 1c

Must See Texas Tree Tunnels Near You: Take a Shaded Stroll Through Natural Beauty

Photo: Facebook/Reina Isbell

Park Road 1c is 13 miles long and connects Bastrop State Park in Bastrop Proper to Buescher State Park in Smithville. The drive has been rated as one of the most beautiful in Texas and features a  variety of different terrains that will take your breath away. Several miles of this gorgeous route falls quietly beneath rolling hills and ancient loblolly pine trees. It is a favorite among cyclists from around the world.

2. Brazos Bend State Park

Must See Texas Tree Tunnels Near You: Take a Shaded Stroll Through Natural Beauty

Photo: Flickr/ML Castillo

Not too far from downtown Houston, you can find Brazos Bend State Park in Needville. The park runs headlong into the Brazos River and is in the near vicinity of many historical sites. While wetlands abound as the park is only a few miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico, the trails provide a magnificent tree tunnel that is both beautiful and haunting.

3. Sam Houston National Forest

Must See Texas Tree Tunnels Near You: Take a Shaded Stroll Through Natural Beauty

Photo: Matthew Monk

Travel the other direction out of Houston and you’ll find yourself in Sam Houston National Forest. Pick a road, pick a trail, and you’ll have seemingly endless miles of canopy to stroll, ride, or nap under. The famous Lone Star Trail runs through and is a favorite for hikers, trail runners, and off-road cyclists. The forest is also home to some of the tallest trees in Texas.

4. Dallas Arboretum

Must See Texas Tree Tunnels Near You: Take a Shaded Stroll Through Natural Beauty
Photo: Flickr/Diann Bayes

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