Three Underappreciated Texas State Parks You Need To Visit
Texas has no shortage of great state parks. We have everything from giant waterfalls to massive caves to explore. Unfortunately, some of these natural wonders take a back seat to some of the more popular parks.
Here are the underappreciated Texas state parks that you need to visit.
Colorado Bend State Park
This state park in Bend offers one of the most unique attractions to Texas state parks. While there's plenty to see and enjoy, there's one thing in particular that people always mention when talking about Colorado Bend State Park. It is home to a 70-foot spring fed waterfall.
There's a lot to this park. There are springs, a canyon, and of course Gorman Falls. If you're wanting to camp, you'll find ample opportunities to claim a site. You have everything from drive up sites to primitive tent camping sites.
This park is hailed as a hiker's dream. There's plenty of trails, and a lot of natural wonder for you to take in. In all honesty, this park just jumped to the top of my list and made itself the destination of my next excursion.
Caprock Canyons State Park
I've been to this one on more than one occasion, and can personally vouch for it being worth the trip. My kids are still bringing it up all these months later.
One of the big draws to Caprock Canyons is the wildlife. Bison roam freely, and are usually pretty good at staying out of your way if you stay out of theirs. You also get to see a lot prarie dogs. Thanks to Caprock Canyons, my three-year-old thinks every massive four-legged animal on the planet is a buffalo.
One aspect I enjoyed most is the fact that you get to enjoy canyons without the crowd you can get at the Palo Duro Canyon park. The scenery is incredible, and there's a lot to explore.
Like the tunnel full of bats.
Lake Mineral Wells State Park
This state park is a favorite for two reasons. One, it has some very interesting history to it. Two, it's gorgeous.
Supposedly, a guy who settled in the area dug a well. His wife, who suffered from rheumatism, drank the water from said well. Next thing you know, she supposedly isn't suffering from rheumatism anymore.
The story got out and people flocked to Lake Mineral Wells to drink and swim in the "healing waters."
While I don't have any concrete proof regarding the healing properties of the waters, I do know that this state park offers a lot in the way of history and incredible sights.
The lake offers all kinds of opportunities for fun, and there is no shortage of trails to explore. There's also rock climbing available.