Texas is the proud home of some of the country’s most awe-inspiring natural wonders. Many of these, such as Big Bend and Enchanted Rock, require a long, arduous trek through the elements. The good news is that you’ll discover some stunning places in our state that don’t involve hiking at all. Here are 9 of them.
1. Mount Bonnell – 3800 Mt Bonnell Rd, Austin, TX 78731
Gaze out over the Colorado River and drink in a sprawling view of Austin from high atop Mount Bonnell. All you have to do is walk up a few steps!
2. Palo Duro Canyon – Canyon, TX 79015
You don’t have to spend hours trekking through the desert to enjoy the beauty that Palo Duro Canyon has to offer. Enjoy it from the comfort of your car instead – FM 284 runs right through the state park!
3. Natural Bridge Caverns – 26495 Natural Bridge Caverns Rd, San Antonio, TX 78266
Natural Bridge Caverns have some of the most beautiful rock formations in all of Texas. This room is particularly spectacular because it’s so expansive and gives you a panoramic view of the deep, dark depths of the caves.
4. Bluebonnets – all throughout Texas
No walking of any kind is required to experience Spring in Texas. Pretty much no matter where you drive, the side of the highway will be lined with the beautiful blooms.
5. Hamilton Pool – 24300 Hamilton Pool Rd., Dripping Springs, TX 78620
Hamilton Pool is easily one of the most iconic, breathtaking places in the entire state. Luckily, all you have to do is take a short walk from the parking lot before you see this gorgeous scene unfold before you.
6. Congress Avenue Bats – Congress Ave, Austin, TX, 78704
All you have to do in order to witness this amazing phenomenon is walk across the bridge (or even just sit on the lawn underneath it!) It doesn’t matter where you view it from as long as you do – there’s no way you can miss millions of bats emerging from beneath the bridge at dusk.
7. Devil’s River – Del Rio, TX
This remote river is one of the bluest bodies of water in Texas. Just jump in your kayak and get to paddling!
8. Jacob’s Well – 1699 Mt Sharp Rd, Wimberley, TX 78676
A short walk from the parking lot to the swimming hole is all that stands between you and this breathtaking natural wonder. Don’t worry, you don’t have to jump in…unless you’re feeling brave, that is.
9. Krause Springs – 404 Krause Spring Rd, Spicewood, TX 78669
You won’t believe your eyes when you see this spring. It looks like a scene from Tarzan! The lush greenery and cascading waterfall will surely make you feel like you’re somewhere other than Texas.
Maybe you’re down to hike, but only for a short distance. Check out these easy hikes in Texas that will lead you someplace beautiful!