Texas April 15, 2017
10 Hidden Places In Texas Only Locals Know About
Hidden gems are some of the most fun places to explore because they make you feel as if you’re Christopher Columbus stumbling upon uncharted territory. Texas is absolutely full of these places, and we’ve compiled a list of ten of the ones that are must-visits. I guarantee you’ve never heard of or at least never been to most of these natural or man-made wonders.
Stewart Mansion (Galveston).
This abandoned mansion with a grisly past is rumored to be haunted by its former residents. Are you brave enough to explore?
This sapphire river in the Rio Grande Drainage Basin is the most unpolluted river in the state due to its remote location. The lack of human presence will make you feel alone on a tropical island - there's no feeling more relaxing than that!
Hueco Tanks State Park (El Paso).
Often overlooked in favor of Big Bend, Hueco Tanks is a mystical park with Native American history written on the walls - literally. You've probably never even heard of it, but it's definitely worth a visit.
Cattleman's Steakhouse (Fabens).
This secluded steakhouse on Indian Cliffs Ranch near El Paso has one of the most breathtaking views you'll ever see. As the sun sets behind mountains in the distance of the sprawling desert, you'll feel as if you're dining on a movie set.
Lavender Ridge Farms (Gainesville).
We Texans know better than anyone else the sense of accomplishment that comes along with growing and harvesting your own crops. Here at Lavender Ridge Farms, you can pick your own lavender - plus, the scenery is absolutely stunning.
Stonehenge II (Ingram).
No, this isn't a picture of the world-famous landmark in England...it's our own version right here in Texas! The near-exact replica was modeled as closely as possible after the original, taking you on an overseas journey back into neolithic times without even leaving our state.
BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Temple (Stafford).
If the Taj Mahal is on your bucket list but you don't have the time or money, this is as close as it gets. With over 33,000 pieces of hand-carved Italian marble and Turkish limestone, it's the largest Hindu temple in Texas and an absolute marvel to behold.
Alamo Village (Bracketville).
Abandoned buildings are creepy enough, so entire abandoned villages are a completely different story. Granted this is a movie set and not an actual town, but it's realistic enough to fool anyone. John Wayne's "The Alamo," one of the most iconic Westerns ever created, was filmed here...and now its ruins sit empty and desolate.
Cattail Falls (Big Bend).
Although sometimes tough to find considering it requires straying from the beaten path, this breathtaking waterfall hidden in the mountains of Big Bend National Park will have you feeling like you're in a tropical paradise.
Son's Island (New Braunfels).
Summer is fast approaching, and I'm sure you're longing for a getaway. Why not go somewhere with the appealing factors of Hawaii or the Bahamas and none of the hassle of flying overseas. This secret island will take you thousands of miles away without ever leaving home.
Have you ever been to any of these places? How about any of
these breathtaking natural hidden gems?