We’ve written countless articles about natural beauty in Texas, but this one is extra special because all the photos are from y’all! Our Nature Lovers group on Facebook is full of shutterbugs who share their snaps of breathtaking scenery across the Lone Star State, and these 12 captures will leave you in awe.
1. Enchanted Rock (Fredericksburg)
No matter how many times we've visited this pink blob, it never ceases to take our breath away. Panoramic views of the surrounding Hill Country landscape are beautiful year-round, and ancient cave drawings provide a glimpse of what life was like for local Native peoples many centuries ago. You'll find the rock at 16710 Ranch Rd. 965, Fredericksburg, TX 78624.
2. Highway 281 (Jack County)
With less than 9,000 people in the entire county, this rural area has plenty of lonesome dirt roads to lose yourself on. Fortunately, that means pulling over to admire the sunset won't ever be an issue. Don't y'all just love cotton candy skies?
3. Woodlawn Lake (San Antonio)
Escape from the city's hustle & bustle at this gorgeous urban park. It's easy to forget you're in San Antonio with a scene this peaceful. The lake is located at 1103 Cincinnati St.,
San Antonio, TX 78201.
4. Old Baldy Trail at Garner State Park (Concan)
The most popular state park in Texas is absolutely teeming with natural beauty, but Old Baldy Trail is on a whole different level. Views from the summit look more like a tropical paradise than our very own state, making the strenuous uphill hike worth every heart-pounding step. Garner State Park can be found at 234 RR 1050, Concan, TX 78838, and you can click
for a trail map.
5. Hamilton Pool (Dripping Springs)
I know we promised not to mention Hamilton Pool, but leaving out such a gorgeous place just doesn't feel right. If you somehow still haven't been, fall and winter are by far the best seasons to visit. All the breathtaking scenery with none of the chaotic crowds that summertime brings! You'll find this limestone grotto at 24300 Hamilton Pool Rd., Dripping Springs, TX 78620.
6. Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge (Lake Jackson)
This 44,000-acre coastal wildlife conservation area is a great place to hunt, fish, hike, take nature photographs, and simply observe all the amazing creatures that live here. It's one of the most biologically rich areas in Texas, and the cooler weather we've been experiencing guarantees a comfortable visit. The refuge is located at 24907 FM 2004, Lake Jackson, TX 77566.
7. Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge (Uncertain)
This photo was taken at Caddo Lake State Park, which is unfortunately closed for the remainder of 2018. Luckily, the wildlife refuge is open — East Texas fall foliage is simply too beautiful to wait an entire year for. Come visit at Zeugner Dr., Karnack, TX 75661.
8. Cedar Creek Lake (Gun Barrel City)
Attracting thousands of water recreation fanatics every year, this small town lake is definitely an unassuming gem. Sunsets like these can't be found just anywhere, folks.
9. Guadalupe River State Park (Spring Branch)
You can recognize this popular Texas river by simply looking at its water. Swift, clear, and incredibly peaceful, there are few places we'd rather be. The park is located at 3350 Park Rd. 31, Spring Branch, TX 78070.
Have you ever seen a scene that better captures the essence of Texas? This tiny town of 5,000 is full of windmills, Watusi cattle, and a whole lot of state pride.
11. Kendall County
It's amazing what you can stumble upon by opting to take back roads rather than a major highway. Who knew this enchanting oasis was hiding right outside of New Braunfels?
12. Tule Park (Rockport)
Coastal cities always tend to have some of the most lush greenery. This definitely doesn't look like a scene captured in Texas, but we certainly aren't complaining! You can visit Tule Park at 2401 Hwy. 35 N, Rockport, TX 78382-5704.
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