In Texas, you don’t have to go very far to experience solitude and utter relaxation. If you can get some quiet time in an enchanting place, that makes it even better! Luckily, we have plenty of those types of spots in Texas, starting with these ten.
1) Blue Hole at River Riding Ranch (Leakey)
While only overnight guests of the ranch can enjoy this quiet swimming hole surrounded by canyons, the serenity and crystal clear waters make staying the night here absolutely worth it.
2) Marufo Vega Trail at Big Bend National Park
This challenging hike through one of our most secret treasures can get pretty grueling, but the spectacular views of the Rio Grande snaking through the mountains will make you forget all about the outside temperature in no time.
3) Dragon Park (Dallas)
Feel like being a kid again? Then just head here for the day! The whimsical statues of fairies, gargoyles, angels, and dragons will make you feel like you landed right in a fairytale!
4) Cave Without A Name (Boerne)
If you go here at the right time, you might just catch a concert in the Queen's Throne room, where 8-12 concerts are held per year that feature Native American flute music and Tibetan singing bowls. Plus, doesn't the cave just look so peaceful?
5) Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge (Marble Falls)
This refuge is home to hundreds of different birds, mammals (including bats, bison and bobcats), reptiles, and butterflies. You'll also get to enjoy the views of beautiful canyons, prairies, woodlands, and savannahs here.
6) Blue Lagoon (Huntsville)
When I first saw pictures of this place, I didn't even think it was in Texas! While the swimming hole caters to divers first, swimmers can also join in if it's not too crowded. This truly is a beautiful oasis in east Texas.
7) Westcave Preserve (Round Mountain)
Just 45 minutes outside of Austin, you'll find this gorgeous secluded grotto, situated among acres of thriving grasslands and enchanting canyons. It's definitely worth the drive!
8) Cattail Falls Trail at Big Bend National Park
While you won't find this trail anywhere on a map, going here after a heavy rainfall will make you happy you took the path less traveled, because you'll get to witness the beautiful Cattail Falls cascading over the rocks at the end of the trail!
9) Love's Lookout (Jacksonville)
If you love trees and tranquility, this is the place for you. From here, you get to see miles and miles of the pineywoods of East Texas, and breathe in some fresh air while you're at it!
10) Tonkawa Falls (Crawford)
When people talk about swimming holes in the summer, many of them forget about this wonderful hidden gem in Crawford. With a waterfall, beautiful clear water, and rocks to jump off of, you can't find a much better place to spend summer than this.
Do you consider any other places in Texas particularly enchanting? Please share your thoughts in the comments below!