Charlie Llewellin

Stories

Saving the Llano

What's missing from all the bureaucratic back and forth over permits and mining and dredging is a sense of the importance of the river itself.

Trinity River

Wide and slow, the river is lined with familiar bottomland hardwood trees like sycamore, cherrybark oak, and the pretty but invasive chinaberry.

Brazos River

Grass tussocks cover the frequent sandbanks, and behind them steep, thickly-wooded slopes complete the air of rustic isolation.

South Llano River

Roughly three miles from Junction as the crow files, the river veers across the valley floor and through pecan-forested bottomlands.

Medina River

If you're looking for a nice out-of-the-way Hill Country spot to cool off in, this gem, twenty minutes from the site of the Kerrville Folk Festival, is your answer.

Guadalupe River

Whether you want to swim, kayak, fly-fish, or simply be part of the joyful throngs of tubers who crowd the river in the summertime, the Guadalupe is the place.

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!

Nature Trip

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

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.

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.

Richard and Gina Donovan

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

Tour de Texas

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

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.

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