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10 Natural Wonders in Texas You Must Check Out

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The great state of Texas is a sprawling tribute to all the very best that nature has to offer. From the great depths of Jacob’s Well to the rising hilltops of the Guadalupe Mountains, there is no shortage of natural wonder and beauty. It is our job to preserve it and appreciate it and to protect it for future generations to enjoy.

1. Jacob’s Well

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Larry D. Moore

Big for adventure, and even bigger on danger, Jacob’s Well is a perennial karstic spring in the Texas Hill Country stemming from Cypress Creek, located northwest of Wimberley, Texas. The 12-foot diameter mouth of the spring serves as a popular swimming spot, but divers have lost their life attempting to explore below the surface. A true natural wonder.

2. Big Thicket National Preserve

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Photo: Flickr/Conny242

Big Thicket National Preserve is nature at it’s finest. There is incredible bio-diversity found here, where multiple ecosystems converge (9 to be exact). A place to utterly wonder and marvel, to discover and explore all that nature has to offer.

3. Caprock Escarpment

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons/RichieB_pics

The Caprock escarpment is 15,313 acres of bluffs and steep, colorful canyons that constitute a long, narrow rocky ridge stretching as high as 1,000 feet. It forms a natural transition between the low-lying rolling Plains to the East and the high plains of the Llano Estacado to the West.

Among the bramble and brush and the red rock, the Brazos River, the Red River, and the Colorado River each meander their way through the Caprock Escarpment making it a perfect place for adventurous explorers. Caprock Canyon State park is located along the Caprock Escarpment about 100 miles southeast of Amarillo and about 100 miles northeast of Lubbock.

4. Padre Island National Seashores

sea turtles, padre island, Texas, natural wonder
Photo: National Park Foundation

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