Texas has enough hidden gems and secret spots that you could spend a lifetime exploring the state and STILL not have seen all of them. My 2nd hidden gems article seemed to really pique everyone’s interest, so I thought I would gather up some more secret spots in Texas that most people don’t know about. Here are 12 more best kept secrets in Texas that you definitely need to visit (but just don’t tell TOO many people about them). Let’s check it out.

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What's the most beautiful hike in Texas?

Texas has thousands of trails that will lead you on a journey through the most beautiful parts of the Lone Star State. Because the Texas landscape is so varied, you can hike beautiful to beautiful beaches, canyons, waterfalls, and more. Big Bend National Park has some of the most popular (and beautiful) hikes in the state, including the Lost Mine Trail, a 4.2-mile trail that will lead you through the forest with mesmerizing views of the canyons below. In Plano, Texas, you can hike the 6 miles of trails at the Arbor Hills Nature Preserve where you’ll be met with beautiful views of creeks, open prairies, and tons of wildlife.

What are the most well known parks in Texas?

Texas is home to 80 state parks, each one more beautiful than the next. One of the most well known parks in Texas is Palo Duro Canyon State Park located in the heart of the Texas panhandle. Home to the second largest canyon in the country, visitors from all over the world visit this beautiful state park to hike the more than 30 miles of trails and experience this rugged beauty. McKinney Falls State Park, on the other hand, is located in the central part of the state and is a must-see park for those near the Austin area. Visitors to McKinney Falls State Park can enjoy camping, hiking through the Hill Country woods, fishing in Onion Creek, and of course, see the beautiful McKinney Falls.

What can I do with kids in Texas?

Texas caters to people of all ages, especially kids. In addition to the many amusement parks, playgrounds, and children’s museums peppered throughout the state, there are plenty of wonderful attractions that are kid-friendly and fun for the whole family. Natural Bridge Caverns in San Antonio is a great place to take the kids. This natural wonder consists of a network of passageways that was formed thousands of years ago, and is a great opportunity for kids to learn about nature and geology first hand.