12 Magnificent Hidden Gems To Discover In Texas This Year
When it comes to
hidden gems in Texas, you could spend eternity exploring our great state and still not discover them all. That being said, it doesn’t hurt to try! We’ve compiled a list of 12 hidden gems for you to visit this year – one for each month – so you can experience the best of Texas in every season.
1. January - Cattail Falls (Big Bend National Park)
Cattail Falls, Texas 79834, USA
Start the year off on a high note by visiting one of the highest waterfalls in Texas. The remote and little-known
is accessible via a 6-mile hiking trail, and January is the perfect time to visit because Big Bend has generally mild winters.
2. February - Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site (Washington)
Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site, 23400 Park Rd 12, Washington, TX 77880, USA
Fall in love with the Lone Star State all over again when you visit
"The Birthplace of Texas."
The Texas Declaration of Independence was signed here in 1836, marking Texas' independence from Mexico. Located along the Brazos River, the park is beloved by both history buffs and nature lovers.
3. March - Davey Dogwood Park (Palestine)
Davey Dogwood Park, 4205 N Link St, Palestine, TX 75803, USA
exist, and they live at Davey Dogwood Park in Palestine. The annual
Fairy Garden Trail
is lined with whimsical scenes constructed by local businesses and organizations, and taking a stroll through the park will leave you feeling enchanted.
4. April - Willow City Loop (Fredericksburg)
Willow City Loop, Texas, USA
This 13-mile scenic drive just outside of Fredericksburg is one of the best places to see
spring wildflowers in Texas
- including our state flower, the bluebonnet. Bring your camera!
5. May - Big Thicket National Preserve (Kountze)
Big Thicket National Preserve, FM 420, Kountze, TX 77625, USA
Did you know one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world is hiding right here in Texas? In the
Big Thicket National Preserve
, which encompasses a wide region of Southwest Texas, you can see pine forests, cacti, and even mushrooms and lichens that also live in the Arctic! May is an ideal time to explore the area, as the heat of summer in this part of Texas can be quite brutal.
6. June - Medina River (Bandera)
Medina River, Medina, TX 78055, USA
Instead of feeling like a sardine on the Comal this summer, why not take the path less traveled by and tube the
instead? This beautiful, tree-lined river is located near the small town of Bandera (AKA the "Cowboy Capital of the World"), boasting crystal-clear waters and a mild current.
7. July - Seminole Canyon State Park & Historic Site (Comstock)
Seminole Canyon State Park & Historic Site, US-90, Comstock, TX 78837, USA
Experience breathtaking nature and ancient history at
Seminole Canyon State Park & Historic Site.
This unique place offers unparalleled hiking, biking, and camping opportunities, plus the chance to see petroglyphs left behind by the region's earliest residents.
8. August - Balmorhea State Park (Toyahvale)
Balmorhea State Park, 9207 TX-17, Toyahvale, TX 79786, USA
Beat the summer heat by swimming in the
world's largest spring-fed swimming pool
at Balmorhea State Park. This historic destination has been around since the Great Depression era, and people still travel from all over Texas to take a dip.
9. September - Love Creek Orchards/The Apple Store (Medina)
Love Creek Orchards/The Apple Store, 14024 TX-16 N, Medina, TX 78055, USA
Kick off fall in the best way possible: with a big slice of homemade apple pie (and other apple-centric treats) from
Love Creek Orchards.
Afterward, head to the nearby
Lost Maples State Natural Area
to see some of the most awe-inspiring autumn foliage in Texas.
10. October - National Museum of Funeral History (Houston)
National Museum of Funeral History, 415 Barren Springs Dr, Houston, TX 77090, USA
What better way to celebrate spooky season than by visiting the
National Museum of Funeral History?
Located in Houston, this hidden gem houses the largest collection of funeral artifacts in the U.S. You can even see a mummy!
11. November - Fort Worth Botanic Garden (Fort Worth)
Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76107, USA
You don't have to travel to New England to go leaf-peeping. The
Fort Worth Botanic Garden
- which also happens to be the oldest major botanic garden in Texas - offers some of the best fall foliage in the Lone Star State.
12. Piney Park (Marshall)
Piney Park, 600 Martin Lake Rd, Marshall, TX 75672, USA
Regular Christmas light displays are great and all, but have you ever experienced a Christmas light maze before? If not,
belongs on your holiday season bucket list this year. This unique farm comes alive during the Christmas season, and this particular attraction is hard to find elsewhere. While you're in
, don't forget to check out their annual Wonderland of Lights event!
How many of these hidden gems in Texas have you visited? Which ones are still on your bucket list? Tell us your thoughts in the comments!
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