The area has lots of options for pre- and post-float fun. Here are a few places worth adding to your itinerary.
Can your blender hack it?
In the heart of hard desert country, this welcome refuge features hiking, breathtaking vistas, and proximity to must-visit West Texas attractions.
With Davis Mountains State Park as your home base, you can find a lot to explore in the area.
At Lost Maples State Natural Area, the trees put on a spectacular show every autumn.
The northeast Texas oasis among the pines reminds us of happier summers while providing needed respite now.
Rough it—or not—and make sure to get some barbecue.
Outside Bentsen, watch butterflies, dance, and light a candle or two.
Just along the Texas–Mexico border, this fragile oasis attracts hundreds of birds (and those who watch them).
Make sure to stop for camping essentials on the way in. And maybe a burger or pizza.
The park features hidden caves, dramatic waterfalls, and sparkling springs.
The park offers quiet coastland and abundant wildlife, and feels like a defiant bulwark against some very particular cares of urban life.
Luling, Gonzales, and the park itself provide lots of fun options.
At this tropical, mystical park, you’ll find animals and plants unlike anything else in Texas.
Choose from campsites, a bunkhouse, or a luxury resort. (And ¡Viva Terlingua!)
The untouched vastness of the largest state park in Texas makes you feel like you’re exploring a whole other world.
Despite threats to its survival over the years, the picturesque and petite park goes with the flow, just like its namesake river.
Where to eat, drink, and play once you venture outside the park.
Port Aransas has always been a place for Texans to relax, play, and make lasting memories. Now, after Harvey, it needs us just as much as we need it.
Cranks a lot.
Giving new meaning to the term “jumbo shrimp.”
If Proust had lived in Texas, this fried pastry would have been his madeleine.
Get on the gravy train.
Thickened soup for the post-election soul.
Working from husk till dawn.
There are certain dishes that every good Texan knows and loves. But do you really know how to grill a flawless ribeye? Season that cast-iron skillet in your cupboard? Make sure your dough rises? We asked experts around the state to share some how-tos and a few recipes that will
“Campfire cowboy, cook this bread, Doo-dah, doo-dah . . .”
Master of nun.
Quit slinging mud at this hepcat.
It’s what’s for dinner. And lunch. And breakfast. And snack time.
What can I say? I’m a pod person.
Relinquishing oneself to these green waters is a tradition that runs deep in my family.
A fuzzy slice of heaven, à la mode.
West Texas’s claim on this fizzy, lemony cocktail is unprovable? We’ll drink to that.
Reel in this tasty catch any way you can.
It goes well with Fritos. And football.
What could be better than a massive slab of cocoa, butter, sugar, eggs, and buttermilk?
Party planners, pack a pepper.
Preparing the perfect peppery pot.
Our state nut goes just fine with some cream and bourbon.
It don’t need no fancy name.
A tradition of the trail—without the hide, hooves, or horns.
Hold the sugar.
They’re spicy, crunchy, and fattening. What more could a Texan want?
It’s not easy being green. So make sure you start with some good avocados.
It’s famous, it’s frothy, and it’s making a comeback.
The art of cooking it just right.
Out of the mud and into Houston’s melting pot.
These days, a good one is rarer than hen’s teeth—but a whole lot tastier.