Roadtrippin’ through Texas

Maggie Coleman and Lauren Lents

With fall almost here, it’s time to hit the road and discover the best places to go in Texas that no one ever tells you about.

Medina River is located in the small town of Bandera (aka the Cowboy Capital of the World), northwest of San Antonio. The most popular activity is floating the river, but those wanting some adventure can kayak through the the Class One rapids instead. The Medina River doesn’t draw huge crowds (unlike another popular tourist destination, the Comal River), making it a perfect hideaway for scenic views. On sunny days, the huge cypress trees lining the river can provide shade while the crystal clear waters keep you cool.

Gorman Falls, located in the center of Colorado Bend State Park, lies an inclusive cascading waterfall very few have seen. A beautiful mile and a half hike doesn’t seem that bad when the result is breathtaking falls. The bright blue water is laced with hints of greenery throughout making it an all around bucket-list experience.

The Enchanted Rock State Natural Area can be found about 17 miles north of Fredericksburg,TX. The main attraction, as stated in the name, is a huge pink rock jutting out of the earth’s surface. Most visitors enjoy hiking to the top of the rock on a pretty day, but if physical activity isn’t your forte, then the park offers camping sites and allows you to picnic under the beautiful blue Texas sky. For those night owls, stargazing is an excellent way to enjoy the Enchanted Rock. But be careful, the park closes at 10 o’clock every night, so plan accordingly.  

Cascade Caverns are limestone caverns in Boerne. It’s an absolutely amazing experience for the whole family, with friendly staff and great views. Turn a full circle and you’ll see stalagmites and stalactites of all different colors hanging and rising above the ground.

Plan your trip ahead for once in a lifetime adventure tours!

The East Texas Arboretum has 2 miles of hiking trails, a museum, and live honeybees! Its purpose is to share and preserve the natural beauty that Texas has to offer. On October 8th, the Arboretum will be hosting a fall festival with pumpkin decorating, a dog show, and much more. If you’d like to experience amazing wildlife, make a trip to the Arboretum where you’ll have a good time, and learn a thing or two about the natural plants that grow in Texas.

And last but not least, Dinosaur Valley. From my own personal experience camping there, I can recollect only good things. They have great facilities and campsites, hiking trails, rocks to climb, information on dinosaurs, and even geocaching areas. It is a family friendly environment for kids of all ages. It’s great for a weekend getaway or just for the day. There are plenty of activities for everyone, no matter what age you are.

If you have nothing to do over fall break, pick up your car keys and hit the road. Every one of these well-hidden road trip destinations are great, and each one offers different things. Whether you want to explore Texas’s nature, or feel like relaxing on a river, you’re guaranteed a great time.

Caption- The gorgeous Medina River is surrounded by tall cypress trees, with plenty of room for whatever water activity you choose.