The 10 Most Beautiful Natural Attractions in Texas

Although Texas has some of the largest cities in the United States, it is also home to some of the country's most impressive natural attractions. Mountains, canyons, rock formations, caves, forests and esquisite beaches are just some of the natural attractions found in the Lone Star State.

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Big Bend National Park

Chisos Mtns, Chihuahuan Desert, Big Bend, Texas
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Address
Big Bend National Park, TX, USA
Phone
+1 432-477-2251

Designated as an International Biosphere Reserve, Big Bend offers a variety of outdoor recreational activities in a primitive setting. Backpacking, mountain biking, fishing, boating, hiking, nature watching, camping - you name it, if it can be done outdoors, it can be done in Big Bend.

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Enchanted Rock Natural Area

Main Dome at sunset, Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, in Hill Country near Fredericksburg.
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Address
16710 Ranch Rd 965, Fredericksburg, TX 78624, USA
Phone
+1 830-685-3636

Located just north of Fredericksburg in the Texas Hill Country, Enchanted Rock is one of the largest natural rock formations in the United States, with a dome that rises 425 feet above the ground (1825 feet above sea level). Designated as a National Natural Landmark in 1970, Enchanted Rock is also part of the Texas State Parks System and attracts thousands of visitors annually.

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Lost Maples State Natural Area

Lost Maples Texas
Courtesy of Texas Parks & Wildlife
Address
37221 FM 187, Vanderpool, TX 78885-8510, USA
Phone
+1 830-966-3413

New Englanders aren't the only that get to enjoy watching the fall foliage change, Lost Maples Natural Area in Central Texas offers Texans and visitors to Texas a breathtaking palette of colors every fall. Lost Maples is one of the most unique and most popular natural attractions in Texas..

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Padre Island National Seashore

Seagulls in flight at North Padre Island, Texas.
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Address
20420 Park Rd 22, Corpus Christi, TX 78418, USA
Phone
+1 361-949-8068

Padre Island National Seashore stretches from Corpus Christi south some 75 miles to the Port Mansfield Cut - offering some of the most remote seashore to be found anywhere.

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Cascade Caverns

cascade caverns texas
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Address
226 Cascade Cavern, Boerne, TX 78015, USA
Phone
+1 830-755-8080

Located just outside San Antonio, Cascade Caverns offer visitors a look beneath the surface of the Texas Hill Country. The cavern stays 68 degrees year around - making it a perfect place to beat the summer heat - plus it features a 100 foot underground waterfall!

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Dinosaur Valley State Park

Dinosaur Valley State Park
Petrified Dinosaur footprints in the Paluxy River. David Nunuk / Getty Images
Address
1629 Park Rd 59, Glen Rose, TX 76043, USA
Phone
+1 254-897-4588

Located in Glen Rose, the park features models of a 70-foot Apatosaurus and a 45-foot Tyrannosaurus Rex, as well as the Paluxy River, preserved dinosaur tracks and more. Visiting Dinosaur Valley State Park gives kids and adults a unique opportunity to touch the distant past.

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Natural Bridge Caverns

Natural Bridge Caverns
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Address
26495 Natural Bridge Caverns Rd, San Antonio, TX 78266, USA
Phone
+1 210-651-6101

An underground wonder, Natural Bridge Caverns shows the family a side of the world they probably haven't seen. In addition to a variety of subterranean tours, Natural Bridge Caverns offers a host of above-ground educational activities for kids of all ages.

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Longhorn Caverns State Park

Longhorn Caverns State Park
Courtesy of Texas Parks & Wildlife
Address
6211 Park Road 4 S, Burnet, TX 78611, USA
Phone
+1 512-715-9000

wonder that have housed Comanche Indians, Confederate Soldiers and, perhaps, and outlaw or two. Today the site is a state park, offering a number of tours and educational programs.

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Fossil Rim Wildlife Center

Curious Addax
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Address
2299 Co Rd 2008, Glen Rose, TX 76043, USA
Phone
+1 254-897-2960

This 1,700-acre wildlife center, located in Glen Rose, is dedicated to preserving and protecting endangered and threatened species. Visitors can view over 1,000 animals from their own car or on guided tours.

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Hueco Tanks State Historic Site

Hueco Tanks State Park, near El Paso, Texas, USA
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Address
6900 Hueco Tanks Road No. 1, El Paso, TX 79938, USA
Phone
+1 915-857-1135

Hueco Tanks offers a variety of outdoor activies, most notably camping and rock climbing. However, one of the biggest draws to this historic site are the prehistoric pictographs that dot the cave walls there.