Natural Attractions in the Texas Hill Country

The Texas Hill Country is one of the most popular tourist areas in the southern United States. The prime reason for the region's popularity is its unique natural beauty and many natural attractions. Here are some of the most popular and unique natural attractions found in the Texas Hill Country. 

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    Enchanted Rock
    Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. TPW
    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
    Lost Maples State Park. Danno Wise

    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. In recent years, visiting Lost Maples while touring the Texas Hill Country's many wineries has become a popular autumn activity. 

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    Longhorn Caverns
    Longhorn Caverns State Park. TPW

    Longhorn Caverns are a Hill Country 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 to visitors.

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    Inner Space Cavern

    Inner Space Caverns
    Inner Space Caverns. Inner Space Caverns
    Located just north of Austin, Inner Space Cavern reveals relics from the Ice Age - bones of Saber Toothed Tigers, Mammoths and other Ice Age animals have been found in the cavern.
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    Cascade Caverns

    Cascade Caverns
    Cascade Caverns in San Antonio. Cascade Caverns
    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
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    Natural Bridge Caverns

    Natural Bridge Caverns
    Natural Bridge Caverns in San Antonio. Rei
    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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    Wonder World

    Wonder World
    Wonder World Park. Wonder World Park
    Incorporating a natural cave formed by an earthquake along the Balcones Fault Line, Wonder World Park offers cave tours, educational earthquake programs, a wildlife park, train rides and many more activities for the whole family.
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    Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch

    Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch
    Zebra at Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch. Colleen Pence
    Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch is a 400-acre drive-through safari located in the Texas Hill Country, just outside of San Antonio.
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    Barton Springs
    Barton Springs. City of Austin
    Located in Austin's famed Zilker Park, Barton Springs was formed when Barton Creek was dammed. Since its inception, Barton Springs has become one of the most popular swimming holes in the state.
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    Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
    Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Austin Museum Partnership
    Named after the former First Lady, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is dedicated to native plants and flowers and incorporates trails, gardens, natural habitat areas, butterfly gardens and educational programs to help promote the preservation and restoration of Texas wildflowers.