Although I’ll go to my grave saying Texas is the best state of them all, I’ll admit there are some places that should be avoided (or, at the very least, should be visited with extreme caution.) These 13 places are the most dangerous, deadly areas in Texas – so if you decide to venture to them, go at your own risk.
1. Beltway 8/Bissonett Intersection (Houston)
This intersection has seen 335 crashes and 263 injuries - that's nearly one crash per day! It's the most dangerous intersection in the entire state.
Weslaco is the most dangerous city in Texas. Here, you have a 1 in 90 chance of being the victim of a violent crime. Those odds might seem low, but in a town of 37,000 people, it's actually fairly common.
4. The Gulf Coast
Ever since the first recorded hurricane in 1900, people living near the coast have started feeling uneasy as soon as June rolls around. We have good reason considering the number of storms that have ravaged us over the years. Even the most minor ones that don't make news headlines are capable of taking lives.
4. Our creeks
Creeks are already treacherous places because of the strong undertows, but the ones in Texas are especially life-threatening due to the venomous snakes and even alligators that could be lurking just far enough underneath the water for you to miss them.
5. Loop 1604 (San Antonio)
Although Houston claims most of the top spots as far as dangerous intersections go, San Antonio comes in closely behind. Loop 1604's junctions with I-10, Braun Street, and Bandera Street, have seen over 650 crashes, 370 injuries, and even a fatality.
6. Ron Coleman Trail (Big Bend National Park)
Hiking is a potentially lethal activity, especially in a mountainous desert where you're unlikely to be heard if you're injured and in need of help. Earlier this year, a young man fell to his death on the Ron Coleman Trail while descending the mountain.
7. MacGregor Neighborhood (Houston)
Houston's Third Ward is an interesting place - huge, towering mansions are scattered among low-income homes, and people living in the area have a 1 in 13 chance of becoming the victim of a crime. This neighborhood is actually the 15th most dangerous in the U.S.
8. Lake Ray Hubbard (Dallas)
On July 4th of this year, there were two drownings less than 24 hours apart on Lake Ray Hubbard. There were no signs of foul play, which means the water alone claimed the lives of both men. A tragic ending indeed to such a joyous holiday.
Texarkana is the second most dangerous city in Texas, with 1 violent crime for every 100 residents. You have a 1 in 13 chance of being victimized in general.
10. Barton Creek (Austin)
Barton Creek is known for having swift waters - so much so that three people actually drowned there earlier this year in the span of a few weeks. If you like to kayak or tube on the creek, always wear a life jacket.
11. Red Bluff Road (Pasadena)
Red Bluff Road's intersection with Genoa Road has seen 356 crashes, 78 injuries, and even 2 deaths. Speed really does kill, so be especially careful of reckless drivers if you find yourself on this road.
12. Sunnyside Neighborhood (Houston)
Sunnyside has been ranked the single most dangerous neighborhood in the Texas and sixth in the U.S. The violent crime rate is one in ten residents.
13. San Marcos River
I'll never forget the day that my sister almost drowned in this river. We were having a relaxing float when all of a sudden, I looked over and her inner tube was empty. I frantically looked around for her, and after the longest minute or so of my life, she finally emerged from under the water. She told me that she fell out of her tube and got her ankle wrapped around an underwater plant, preventing her from surfacing. There are tons of huge trees below the water's surface, so take extreme caution if you decide to ditch your tube.
Do you have any experiences (good or bad) with these dangerous places in our state? Where else in Texas should be avoided at all costs?