Charlie Llewellin

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Hello to a River

Fourteen of them, actually. From kayaking the Colorado and rock climbing along the Pecos to tubing the Pedernales and birding on the Rio Grande, here are the most enjoyable and exciting things to do on some of our favorite Texas waterways.

Tour de Texas

These ten bike routes, some easy and some hard, will help you channel your inner Lance.

Richard and Gina Donovan

A tip of the hat to risk-taking, barrier-breaking, establishment-tweaking Texans.

Take a Hike

Travel by foot along these thirty carefully chosen routes—from the South Rim in Big Bend to Lost Maples near Vanderpool—and you’ll take in the sights, sounds, and smells of Texas in ways you never thought possible. Lace up your boots and go.

Urban Hikes

Yes, there are ways to get in a fantastic hike without leaving the city limits.

Springs Eternal

Grab your towel, your sunscreen, and go! Presenting our 25 favorite swimming holes: Barton Springs, Blue Hole, Balmorhea, and other iconic places to lower your core temperature. At least for a couple of hours.

Nature Trip

Whatever I do in them, Texas mountains have a way of clearing my mind.

Climb Every Mountain

Whether you want to ride a horse, bomb down a mountain-bike trail, hike up a hill, relax in a hot springs, scale the face of a giant granite boulder, or just sit on your tailgate and look at a pretty sunset, there’s a lot to do on and around the peaks of West Texas. So strap on your pack and go!

Neches River

The Neches's only natural waterfalls, Rocky Shoals, can be a mere two feet high in low-water conditions.

Go With the Flow

Throw a canoe on the roof or a tube in the trunk and head for the Llano, the Brazos, the Pecos, the Trinity, the Guadalupe, or any of the other rivers on this list of the twenty best trips to take on Texas waterways this summer.

San Antonio River

Tourists and natives mingle along its tree-lined concrete walkways far below the fantastical jumble of the downtown skyline.

Llano River

Fly-fishing on this waterway is one of the best ways to surrender to the rugged and beautiful Hill Country.

San Marcos River

Aquarena Springs, which has never gone dry, not even during the worst drought, has been the cradle of life in Central Texas for eons.

San Marcos River

Watch out for sunken logs and fallen trees, which rest in the river like sleeping monsters in tangle of smaller deadwood.

Rio Grande

Impounded, channelized, and pumped dry, the river gives up the ghost in the desert at Fort Quitman and is resuscitated at Presidio by the Rio Conchos. 

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