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5 Hill Country Hazards to Heed While Having Fun

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“Don’t Mess with Texas” is a common phrase around these parts… and here are some of the reasons WHY you shouldn’t mess with Texas; especially in the Hill Country. Warning! Some of these you’d never think of as dangerous. Have fun, but heed these warnings.

1. The Devil’s Waterhole at Inks Lake State Park

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Even the name sounds ominous, right? But kids and adults alike love it! One of the best places to cool off in the Texas heat; the water is cold and the sounds of children playing in the constant level lake bring smiles to their parent’s faces; that is until someone decides to climb up the rock walls to cliff jump. Then fear sets in, and the onlookers hold their breath, until the diver resurfaces from the depths. It’s a great place to spend the day in a canoe, kayak, or tube but adrenaline junkies need to be aware that several injuries have occurred here. The park is located just outside Burnet, Texas.

2. Texas Bluebonnet Trails

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Yep. That’s right; many dangers lurk in the midst of those beautiful fields we all try to capture in photographic memories. Most common are snake bites! As much as we all love the beauty and fragrance of this Texas wildflower, so do rattlesnakes. Always make sure you clear the area of any critters before posing your pretties for the family postcard. Once you’ve made the area safe, you will have some amazing photos to share with your family and friends.

3. Enchanted Rock State Park

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So you want to climb Enchanted Rock, eh? Many people do so every day, some without mishap. But keep in mind as you climb to the top of the granite dome which stands at 1825 feet (yes that really is one THOUSAND eight HUNDRED and twenty-five feet!) that you need to be fully prepared and equipped for such a daunting task, and be wary of fallen rocks that my trip you up…but the experience and rewards at the top are worth it! Located in Fredericksburg, TX. Park hours are 8:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.

4. Jacob’s Well

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