12 Amazing Hidden Gems In Texas That Most People Don’t Know About

You could spend a whole lifetime in Texas and not see half the state. (It’s truly mind-boggling how big our state really is!) Sure, we all know about the Palo Duro, the Big Bend, Enchanted Rock, and tubing the Guadalupe, Comal or Frio, but have you ever thought to visit the lesser-known hidden gems in Texas? From beautiful state parks in Texas to hidden waterfalls in Texas, the Lone Star State harbors plenty of secrets that are sure to satisfy your inner explorer!

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So, did you know about these hidden gems in Texas? Don’t you think they’d make for perfect Texas day trips? Know of another secret spot worth seeking out? Tell us!

These are just a few of the hidden gems in Texas; click here to read about others that most people don’t know exist.

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Hidden Gems In Texas

September 01, 2021

What are some beautiful state parks in Texas?

The state parks in Texas are brimming with beauty. One of the most beautiful state parks in Texas is definitely Big Bend Ranch. Not only stunning, it’s huge! At 300,000 acres, it’s the largest state park in Texas. The expansive park is brimming with perks – in addition to its incredible beauty, of course. Some of the most popular things to do in the park are hiking, biking, and horseback riding, all of which provide the perfect opportunity to explore the park’s high-desert terrain. And since the park is a designated International Dark Sky Park, it’s a great visit day and night.

Are there any hidden waterfalls in Texas?

When seeking hidden waterfalls in Texas, Boykin Springs is a must-visit. It’s tucked away in Angelina National Forest in Zavalla. Don’t let its forest locale deter you. The Sawmill Hiking Trail leads straight to Boykin Springs. Simply follow the 2 ¾-mile trail through the forest and you’ll run right into the cascading waterfall. The trek doesn’t end there, though. If you continue on the trail, you’ll see the Aldridge Sawmill Historic site, an abandoned town from the early 1900s.

What are some fun Texas day trips?

No list of fun Texas day trips would be complete without a mention of Dinosaur Valley State Park. Located near Glen Rose, the 1,500-acre park boasts tons of perks, but the highlight is definitely the massive fossilized dinosaur footprints and life-size dinosaur models. A great visit for all ages, kids and adults alike enjoy searching for the dinosaur tracks. And though the dinosaur-related amenities are what bring people to the park, there’s lots more to enjoy, including fishing, biking, hiking, camping, and swimming.