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See the Texas Hill Country Through a Champion Big Tree Tour

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Hill Country Adventures offers visitors the unique opportunity to see the Texas Hill Country through a two to four-hour tour of some National Champion as well as Co-Champion Big Trees in the region. And buddy, there are some monstrous-big trees in Texas! The record-setting, largest tree in Texas is actually a Bald Cypress located in Real County (now, how many of you can honestly say you knew that?!)

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Photo: Facebook/Janet Jacob Cason

For a small fee (prices and scheduling details are provided on their website) guests can take a guided driving/walking tour through the scenic vistas of the Hill Country to places not open to the general public to learn about the giant Texas-sized trees that are nationally recognized for their girth, height, and age. The adventure takes place on private ranches and properties which wouldn’t otherwise allow access. And many of the trees grow on or near a river, allowing you access points whose beauty is rarely seen otherwise.

See the Texas Hill Country Through a Champion Big Tree Tour

Photo: Pinterest/Carol Holland

With an entertaining and educational Champion Big Tree Tour of the Texas Hill Country, you’ll not only see and learn about some record-setting champs, but also miles of beautiful and rugged landscape, natural plants, and local animal species. You’ll visit Real, Bandera, and Uvalde Counties, featuring a number of state and national champion trees registered on the National Big Tree Registry. Bring your camera and binoculars (if you have them) to catch rare glimpses of birds, flora, and fauna, along with some mighty big trees (although you won’t need the binoculars to see these beauties!)