Most Scenic Countryside Places in Texas
Texas has some of the most magnificent rural settings in the whole country and a drive outside of any of the major towns will reward travelers with breathtaking sights, sounds, and smells. Here are just a few of the most beautiful countryside destinations in all of Texas.
The Davis Mountains Preserve is a 33,075 acre conservancy that offers some of the best views in all of Texas. Here, visitors can backpack, bird watch, and mountain bike, among many other activities. You can also climb Mount Livermore, which, at 8,378 feet, is the second highest mountain in Texas, as well as a very strenuous climb. It’s thirty minutes from the nearest town, so you’ll find all the peace and quiet you need to refresh, relax, and rejuvenate.
Devils River is a remote spring-fed river that is located in a gorgeous section of the state. It’s not for the feint of heart, however, as the rapids here can get a little rough. That’s why it draws in kayakers, paddlers, and adventure-seekers who are up for a bit of a challenge in navigating the rapid waters. However, it’s one of the most pristine and untouched areas of the state. Those interested in beauty and relaxation will have no problem finding it here.
Caddo Lake is a magical and mysterious place that juts out into a maze of freshwater ponds and bayous so that no matter how many times you have visited, there’s always something new to discover. It’s one of the few natural lakes in Texas and the second largest lake in all of the South. It also is home to the largest cypress tree forest in the world. It is absolutely surrounded by wilderness, making Caddo Lake feel like a surreal and otherworldly place.
Matagorda Island is an uninhabited barrier island that you can only travel to by private boat or ferry. It’s a great place to head for a day trip, where you’ll find there is ample opportunity for saltwater fishing, picnicking, bird watching, or just simply relaxing and listening to the ocean lap at the shore. Half Moon Reef was historically a home just for oysters, but now provides a beautiful setting to take in the fresh Texas air.
People come to Texas for many reasons, not least of which is to experience the big city life and sample some of Texas’ traditional food and, of course, hear some good, old fashioned country music. But Texas also has a lot to offer for folks who want to wind down and relax in a peaceful, scenic setting under the vast Texan sky. Check out one of these heavenly retreats on your next trip to Texas!