Texas June 22, 2017
Shhh…These 10 Hidden Places Are Texas’ Best Kept Secrets
Summertime in Texas means that everyone will be enjoying the great outdoors. Here are ten places that are so little-known, you’re bound to only see a handful of people there. How nice would it be to experience the peace and tranquility that’s supposed to happen in nature?
1. Santa Elena Canyon (Big Bend National Park)
It's very rare to look at something in nature and literally be blown away, but Santa Elena Canyon is one such place. And now that it's summertime, the entire family can go and marvel in its glory.
2. Devil's River (Del Rio)
Considering how unappealing most bodies of water in Texas are, this hidden oasis seems even more like paradise. Nestled in between towering canyons, it's unknown to most and loved by those who have discovered it.
3. Sometimes Islands (Austin)
We have our own version of Atlantis right here in Texas. Depending on the water levels in Lake Travis, these mysterious formations are sometimes visible and hidden from view at other times.
4. Son's Island (Seguin)
If a trip to the Bahamas isn't in the budget this summer, don't fret -
we have the next best thing. Son's Island on Lake Placid near New Braunfels is a hidden paradise that will take you a thousand miles away without having to leave home.
5. Falkenstein Castle (Burnet)
When castles come to mind, we tend to think about enormous palaces in the English countryside that are so elusive to us they might as well be fictional. We certainly don't think there could be any in our own state, but that couldn't be further from the truth. Falkenstein Castle is definitely one of the most magnificent man-made hidden gems in Texas.
6. Central and Mountain time zone intersection (Glenrio)
Central Time ends and Mountain Time begins in Glenrio, so you can stand in two time zones at once! I wonder which time the clocks would read...
7. Westcave Preserve (Round Mountain)
Right up the road from Hamilton Pool, Westcave Preserve definitely gets a bit overshadowed. That's a shame because it has pristine water, lush greenery, and an overall magical atmosphere akin to that of a Disney movie.
8. Cattleman's Steakhouse (Fabens)
We aren't afraid to drive a little bit to experience good food here in Texas. Located just outside of El Paso, Cattleman's is easily one of the best steakhouses in the state -
not to mention it's situated on a breathtaking ranch.
9. Cattail Falls (Big Bend National Park)
Almost nobody knows about this 80-foot waterfall hidden deep within the Big Bend mountains -
probably because it's a bit difficult to find. But I assure you that even if it takes a while, the view will be a reward unlike anything you've ever seen before.
10. Blue Hole (Jasper County)
Hidden deep within the Angelina National Forest, this swimming hole looks like a tropical paradise with its pristine turquoise waters. Locals say a swim here can heal skin irritations, acne, and minor cuts -
this may or may not be true, but one thing's for sure: you'll feel like a new person after a day of relaxation at this beautiful oasis.
Have you been to any of these little-known places? Which one is your favorite?