DECEMBER 31, 1969
You’ve no doubt heard of the seven wonders of the ancient world…well everything is bigger in Texas, and that means you can find way more than seven natural wonders right here in the Lone Star State. Texas is a massive state with unique landscape and plenty of places to explore, so read on for eight must-see natural wonders.
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Located outside of Fredericksburg, the Enchanted Rock State Natural Area offers breathtaking views and a chance to see some of the most unique landscape in the state. At the top of this landmark, you will be approximately 1800 ft above sea level, giving you the chance to see Hill County from a new perspective. The Enchanted Rock State Natural Area is also featured as the subject of local legends, thanks to the sounds that come from the dome in the evening hours.
Devil's Sinkhole is the largest single-chamber cavern in the entire state, measuring a staggering 320 feet in diameter and 350 feet in depth. If you visit this area at night, you may even be able to see some of the three million Mexican free-tailed bats who live in the cavern emerge to find food. Keep in mind that you must participate in a guided tour to access this area, which starts in Rocksprings.
Natural Bridge Caverns
San Antonio has more than just the Riverwalk. Located right outside San Antonio, Natural Bridge Caverns is the largest known cave system in the state of Texas. This landmark has been open to the public since the 1960s. It is located beneath a natural land bridge. When you visit Natural Bridge Caverns, you will have the opportunity to explore multiple caves complete with many ancient features, including chandeliers, soda straws and flowstones.
Located within Big Bend National Park, the Window is an expansive canyon cut out of the Chisos Mountains. One of the most breathtaking sights in all of Texas, the view from the Window is something you won't want to miss. To reach the Window, you will need to hike a 5.6 mile trail, which happens to be one of the most popular hiking trails inside the Big Bend National Park.
Rio Grande River
The Rio Grande is the 5th longest river in North America. This river begins in the mountains of Colorado and ends in the Gulf of Mexico, forming part of the Mexico-United States border as well. Although you can see the river in person in many places along the Texas border, it is best experienced kayaking or canoeing into one of the river’s breathtaking canyons while in Big Bend National Park.
If you want the perfect natural escape from the Texas summer heat, consider a visit to Jacob's Well. Reaching an average depth of 120 feet, this swimming hole is located within a karstic spring in Wimberley. In addition to swimming, you can also jump off some of the rocks located above the well if you want a greater thrill.
Caddo Lake State Park
Located in East Texas, this park gives you access to Caddo Lake. The lake covers nearly 27,000 acres on the border between Texas and Louisiana. The landscape of this lake is much different than what you will see throughout the rest of the state, with plenty of bayous, sloughs and Spanish moss. Visitors to Caddo Lake State Park can enjoy the view of the lake from the shore or spend time paddling in the water. You can also rent one of the park's cabin for a more unique and memorable experience.
Padre Island National Seashore
The Padre Island National Seashore is the perfect destination for anyone who enjoys birdwatching or natural, undeveloped landscape. This island offers 70 miles of shoreline and is separated from the mainland by Laguna Madre.
These are just a handful of the natural wonders you can find when you explore the state of Texas. Wherever you decide to spend your time, you can be sure you will make many memories to cherish for years to come.