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Off The Beaten Path: Outdoor Adventure Guide for the Texas Hill Country

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Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

Fredericksburg, Texas

Off The Beaten Path: Outdoor Adventure Guide for the Texas Hill Country

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Arguably the most popular hiking spot in the Texas Hill Country, Enchanted Rock State Natural Area comes by this designation naturally. For thousands of years, people have gravitated toward the pink granite rock that sits high in the Hill Country. With 11 miles of hiking trails to explore, Enchanted Rock offers multiple trails as well rock climbing for those looking to take it up a notch.

Guadalupe River State Park

Spring Branch, Texas

Off The Beaten Path: Outdoor Adventure Guide for the Texas Hill Country

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As its name suggests, the crisp and clear Guadalupe River steals the show at Guadalupe River State Park. Featuring four miles of river frontage, Guadalupe River State Park offers 13 miles of hiking trails that range from the 2.86-mile Painted Bunting Trail to the .26-mile Barred Owl Trail, which leads you to a scenic overlook of the river. No matter which path you choose at Guadalupe River State Park, you’re sure to come away from it with a renewed appreciation for the river and the biomes that surround it.

Pedernales Falls State Park

Johnson City, Texas

Off The Beaten Path: Outdoor Adventure Guide for the Texas Hill Country

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Stretching 106 miles long, the Pedernales River, which is a tributary of the Colorado River, was a favorite playground of Lyndon Baines Johnson. Today, the state park that encompasses the Pedernales serves as a playground for those who crave the water as well as the wilderness. Featuring both easy and challenging hiking trails, many of the paths lead its hikers directly to the river where you can cool your trail-wearing feet in the naturally formed stair-stepped pools of crystal clear water.

Biking

Texas has long been home to many a professional cyclist, drawn to the Hill Country for the challenging peaks and vistas that offer the rider a strenuous test of their skills and endurance. For even the novice rider, though, there are ample biking trails in Central Texas that offer the vigor of physical stamina coupled with the beauty of scenery unlike any other in the state.