The 5,000+ acre Colorado Bend State Park isn’t without natural beauty. There’s 32 miles of sinkhole, cave, and springside trails for you to get lost on, after all. But perhaps the sickest trek you can make is the rugged hike to Gorman Falls, where you’ll be treated to the misty chill and truly awesome sight of a 60ft-high waterfall cascading into a fern-covered grotto.
Spanning over 800K acres, Big Bend National Park is one of the largest national parks in the US, so there’s obviously a lot of area to cover. Start with a healing soak in a hot spring in the park’s Hot Springs Historic District, where ancient fossil water carrying dissolved mineral salts gets heated to 105 degrees by geothermal processes. A dip is said to be good for the mind, body, and soul, but you want to save that visit for the winter.
With a trunk circumference of 35ft and a height soaring 44ft into the sky, not only is this more than 1,000-year-old tree one of the largest live oak trees in Texas, it’s also one of the largest in the nation.